The Boulder JCC Presents “The Tattooed Torah” – Film and Panel Discussion

Sunday, April 18, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

The Tattooed Torah is an animated film that is based on the renowned children’s book by Marvell Ginsburg. This book has been educating children about the Holocaust for over 30 years. ​The book recounts the true story of the rescue and restoration of a small Torah from Brno, Czechoslovakia, and teaches the Holocaust not only as a period of destruction but also as an opportunity for redemption. The story of the Tattooed Torah is a profound story of love, bonds across generations, tradition, and resilience. But most of all, it’s a story of hope. 

The adaptation of The Tattooed Torah into an animated short film is a three-generation endeavor. It was initiated by Marvell’s daughter, Beth Kopin, who had the dream of transforming this book into a film, and is one of the executive producers. Beth will be joined by the film’s producer (our very own Boulderite) Lisa Effress, director Marc Bennett, animator Christian Robins, film editor John Polk, composer Daniel Alcheh, and narrator Ed Asner. The discussion will be moderated by Rabbi Marc Soloway of Congregation Bonai Shalom.

As a special gift to our local community, Lisa Effress and her production company, 11 Dollar Bill, will be giving a goodie bag of treats and a copy of the book “The Tattooed Torah” to the first 18 registrants. For local pick-up only.

The program will begin with a 22-minute viewing of the film followed by a moderated panel discussion and Q&A.

This award-winning film is presented by The Goldrich Family Foundation in association with the USC Shoah Foundation. 

Although this event is free, you must register for the Zoom link that you’ll need to participate: REGISTER HERE ( 

This animated short is recommended for children 9 years and older.

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