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Lunch and Learn with Ben Stern and Screening of 'Near Normal Man'

Sunday, April 22, 2018 7 Iyar 5778

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Holocaust survivor, Ben Stern shares his story and introduces the film, Near Normal Man, a documentary which depicts his struggle with Neo-Nazis in America.

Ben Stern, a Holocaust survivor for whom the past is never past and whose courage, kindness and faith remain intact, is tested once again, in a fiercely public battle against the Nazis in Skokie, Illinois.

Near Normal Man is a half-hour documentary film, told in a first-hand account by Ben Stern, a Polish Jew, who survives 2 ghettos, 9 concentration camps and 2 death marches.  The Nazis identify him as one of the dangerous Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto.

He emerges alive, only to face the Nazis again – 30 years later, this time in Skokie, Illinois.  Ben decides he will not let them march in his adopted hometown and confronts his rabbi who tells the survivors to “stay home, close the shades and let them pass.”

All Sherith Israel Temple Youth members are invited to come and bring their friends and families.


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