Beth Ami Announces Third Good Movie Club Selection – Boulder Jewish News

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The Beth Ami Colorado Congregation for Humanist Judaism has launched a film club that focuses on provocative films that have a connection to Jewish and/or humanist values. When the pandemic is behind us, we may be able to watch the movies together, but for now we’ll watch the movies alone and then we’ll get together to chat. The films will be available online for free or for a nominal rental fee.

Our third “Great Movie Club” pick is the hugely popular movie, “Drive through Delancey.” On Saturday, August 27 (6:00-7:30 p.m.), we will discuss the film after a brief Havdallah service.

From Wikipedia: “Drive through Delanceyis a 1988 American romantic comedy 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.

Plot Basics: Isabelle Grossman works for a New York bookstore that supports authors through public readings. When author Anton Maes comes to give a reading at the bookstore, he becomes interested in Isabelle, enamored of an intellectual world 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. Wanting her granddaughter to settle down, Ida turns to the local marriage agency. Although shocked and annoyed, Isabelle allows the matchmaker to introduce her in Bubbe’s kitchen to Sam Posner, owner of the nearby pickle shop.

One reviewer called this film “the ultimate Jewish romantic comedy” and a rare great story of “outwardly Jewish love”. Warning, the review contains spoilers!

Interested? So do this:

  1. Watch the film for FREE before August 27. It is available on:
    1. HBOMax (free with subscription)
    1. Amazon (rent for $3.99 or buy for $9.99)
  2. Sign up through Meetup to receive the link you’ll need to join us.
  3. Join us on Saturday, August 27 (6:00-7:30 p.m.) for a brief Havdallah service, followed by a discussion.

Beth Ami is proud to be affiliated with the Society for Humanistic Judaism. For more information about who we are, please visit our website at bethami.com and the Society for Humanistic Judaism website at shj.org.

Let’s do Judaism together – humanistically!

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