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Defiant Requiem: Documentary Film and Conversation with Conductor Murry Sidlin

November 7, 2021, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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The Holocaust Learning Center Committee invites you to an in-person Kristallnacht commemoration on Sunday, November 7th from 10:00am-12:00pm featuring a screening of the documentary film Defiant Requiem followed by a conversation with conductor Murry Sidlin. The film highlights the remarkable story of Rafael Schächter, a brilliant, young Czech conductor who was sent to the Terezín concentration camp in 1941 and of the Jewish prisoners who performed with him. In the most dramatic example of intellectual and artistic courage, Schächter led one hundred and fifty prisoners to learn and perform Verdi’s Requiem, enabling them to transcend horrific conditions and engage in resistance against and defiance of the Nazis.

After the screening, conductor Murry Sidlin, President and Creative Director of the Defiant Requiem Foundation, will join us via Zoom to discuss this important film and the events it portrays. The program will be in-person at WJC and breakfast will be served; it will also be accessible on Zoom.

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Meeting ID: 831 4096 1621 • Passcode: 10543

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Indoors: Consistent with current CDC guidance, all persons age two and above must wear masks at all times while inside the building, regardless of vaccination status. Exceptions include presenters from the Bimah during religious services (including prayer leaders, speakers, and Torah readers) and while seated and eating.

In Outdoor Tent Spaces and on Synagogue Grounds: Masks may be required for large gatherings in outdoor tents as determined by synagogue leadership. At other times, fully vaccinated persons need not wear masks outdoors, although we ask that everyone be mindful of the sensitivities of those around them. All unvaccinated persons age two and above must wear masks outdoors when they are within six feet of others, except when seated and eating Kiddush with their families or pods.

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Individuals ages 12 and above: For the safety and comfort of the congregation, all eligible persons ages 12 and above must be fully vaccinated to attend religious services, programs, or other WJC activities in the building. We reserve the right to request proof of vaccination at our discretion.

Those who are not fully vaccinated may attend outdoor programming in accordance with the masking policy set forth above. We will continue to provide access to our services and many of our programs virtually through Zoom and/or live stream.

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