Friday, 14 October 2011 00:00

Gurevitch family endows Jewish film festival


Sept 2011 034To help celebrate his 75th birthday, Ralph Gurevitch’s family gave him a movie.

Actually, they gave him a whole lot of movies, enough for a lifetime, as family members joined together to endow “The Dr. Ralph Gurevitch Tikkun Olam Screening.”

As fans of the popular Beth Tzedec Jewish film Festival well know, the Tikkun Olam screening is often one of the most inspiring and riveting aspects of the festival as it provides a venue for films that raise awareness about ethical, social justice and human rights issues.


In the past the Tikkun Olam screening has focused on topics such as Soviet Refuseniks, the work of social documentary photographer Milton Rogovin who uses his camera to promote social justice worldwide, and last year’s film “Wrong Side of the Bus,” an examination of the roles of the Jewish community in South Africa in the era of apartheid.

With the endowment fund, festival director Harvey Cyngiser feels he will have more resources to find even more challenging films and events to fulfill a key mandate of the festival.

“The concept of Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world, reflects the concern for social justice and human rights, that is an integral part of the value system of Judaism, and expresses the notion that we have a responsibility, as individuals, and collectively as a society, to live and act in such a way as to help create a better and more just world,” he stated in a citation to the Gurevitch family.

To say thank you for the family’s support, this segment of the festival is now titled the Dr. Ralph Gurevitch Tikkun Olam Screening.

Dr. Gurevitch has been a strong supporter of the Beth Tzedec Jewish Film Festival and currently serves as one of the volunteers who help organize the event. This year’s program – now in its eleventh season – opens at the Beth Tzedec synagogue on November 5 and runs to November 27. (This edition of the Jewish Free Press contains the annual film festival programming guide.  Se also

Members of the Gurevitch family who supported the endowment gift include Ralph’s spouse Sheila, and the families of Illana and Henry Morton and children, Dr. Darryl and Allison Gurevitch and their children, and Dr. Jason and Cheryl Gurevitch and their children.

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Dr. Ralph and Sheila Gurevitch.

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