Highland Park Conservative Temple - Congregation Anshe Emeth continues its 17th annual Jewish film series on Saturday, December 15th at 8:00 p.m. with a public screening of "The Midnight Orchestra."
In this film, Wall Street whiz kid Michael Botbol returns to Casablanca to reconcile with his legendary band leader father. But soon after they meet, tragedy strikes. Now Michael must fulfill his father's dying wish -- to reunite the band for one last, transcendent gig.
Aided by an eccentric cab driver who was an ardent fan, Michael's quest is both comical and suspenseful. Along the way we gain rare insight into the past and present of the Moroccan Jewish community and into its now-cordial relationship with the country's Muslim majority.
The film screening will be followed with remarks via Skype by Vanessa Paloma Elbaz, a researcher, writer, and performer described as a "one-woman roving museum of her own" by The New York Times. Her research and publications focus on Sephardic women, music, popular culture, identity, transmission, and language. In 2014, she founded KHOYA: Jewish Morocco Sound Archive to collect, digitize, classify, and analyze contemporary and historical sound recordings of Moroccan Jews.
Highland Park Conservative Temple - Congregation Anshe Emeth (HPCT-CAE) is a Conservative congregation located at 201 South Third Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904. For more information, visit hpct-cae.org or call (732) 545-6482.
Sponsor: Highland Park Conservative Temple – Congregation Anshe Emeth