Beth Ami Colorado Congregation for Humanistic Judaism has launched a movie club that focuses on provocative films that have a connection to Jewish and/or humanistic values. When the pandemic is behind us, we may be able to watch the films together, but for the time being, we’ll watch the films on our own and then gather together for discussion. The films will be available online, either free or for a nominal rental fee.
Our third “Great Movie Club” selection is the very popular film, “Crossing Delancey.” On Saturday, August 27 (6:00-7:30 PM), we will discuss the film after a brief Havdallah service.
From Wikipedia: “Crossing Delancey” is a 1988 American romantic comedy film starring Amy Irving and Peter Riegert. Amy Irving was nominated for a Golden Globe for the film, for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.
The basics of the plot: Isabelle Grossman works for a New York bookstore which supports authors through public readings. When author Anton Maes comes to the bookstore to give a reading, he shows an interest in Isabelle, who is enamored with the intellectual world that is very different from her traditional Jewish upbringing.
Isabelle pays frequent visits to her Bubbe (grandmother), Ida, who lives on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Anxious for her granddaughter to settle down, Ida turns to the local marriage broker. Although shocked and annoyed, Isabelle allows the matchmaker to introduce her in Bubbe’s kitchen to Sam Posner, who owns the nearby pickle shop.
One critic referred to this film as “the ultimate Jewish rom-com” and a rare great story of “outwardly Jewish love”. Note that the review contains spoilers!
Interested? Then do this:
- View the film FREE before August 27. It is available on:
- HBOMax (free with subscription)
- Amazon (rent for $3.99, or purchase for $9.99)
- Register via Meetup to receive the link that you’ll need to join us.
- Join us on Saturday, August 27 (6:00-7:30 PM) for a brief Havdallah service, followed by the discussion.
Beth Ami is a proud affiliate of the Society for Humanistic Judaism. For more information about who we are, please checkout our website at bethami.com and the Society for Humanistic Judaism’s website at shj.org.
Let’s do Jewish together – Humanistically!