2021 Virtual New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival

 

IT'S A WRAP

The 2021 New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival is now over. You can learn more about our 2021 film selections, committee, and sponsors below. See the Best Of the Fest winners here.THANK YOU for your interest and support!

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Purchase Tickets

Advance tickets for ALL screenings suggested:

  • Purchase tickets here and create an Eventive account

  • By phone (603-627-7679) through the Jewish Federation office Monday-Friday 9am-3pm

  • On Facebook, visit JFNH and NH Jewish Film Festival for the latest on the NH Jewish Film Festival.

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How to Access Discussions

Please find the link for each film and accompanying zoom event in your Eventive Account.

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SPECIAL THANKS

Thank you to our volunteerssponsors and donors for making this year's festival possible!

General Information

ALL ACCESS FESTIVAL PASS

$110/household, includes all 11 films, post-film discussions, and the free short film program. Save money and treat yourself and your household to all 11 of this season’s terrific films. Once you’ve purchased your pass, you still must RSVP for each of the films on its page in order to receive confirmation emails and reminder emails on the day each film becomes available to view.

A great gift idea!

FOUR-PACK FILM PASS

$43/household, includes four films of your choice and the free short film program. This 10% discount is a great deal if you plan to view four of our excellent offerings! Once you’ve purchased your pass, you still must RSVP for each of the films on its page in order to receive confirmation emails and reminder emails on the day each film becomes available to view. A great gift idea!

INDIVIDUAL FILM TICKETS

$12/household.  The short film program is free to all ticket holders.

**Note: Films can only be viewed in the Continental US.

PRINTABLE GUIDE

Download our printable Film Guide (PDF) here

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

See the entire Film Festival schedule here!

PHOTOGRAPHY & RECORDING
By your presence, you consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded at our Post-Film Zoom discussions.  Your participation constitutes your consent to such photography and recording and to any use, in all media, of your appearance, voice, and name for any purpose whatsoever.

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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Join us for Opening Night

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Noon

 

Admission: $12/household
 

Director: Caroline Link
Drama, 2020, Germany, Switzerland

119 minutes
German with subtitles

Narrative

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In this gentle, beautifully rendered historical family drama, a German-Jewish girl takes her first steps into adulthood, as world events intrude on her happy, carefree existence. Nine-year-old Anna is too busy with schoolwork and friends to notice Hitler’s face glaring from posters plastered all over 1933 Berlin. But when her father suddenly vanishes, and the family is secretly hurried out of Germany, Anna begins to understand life will never be the same. What follows is a courageous adventure full of fear and uncertainty, as Anna and her family navigate unfamiliar lands, and cope with the challenges of being refugees. Oscar-winning filmmaker Caroline Link directs this adaptation of Judith Kerr’s semi-autobiographical bestselling children’s novel.
 

Selection: Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival, Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, Miami Jewish Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival

 

Opening Night Surprise will be announced on our website in April.

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After this film becomes available May 19 at 12 noon ET, you will have 72 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you will have 48 hours to finish watching the film.

Double Income, Kids

Friday, May 21, 2021 
Noon


Admission: $12/household
 

Director: Hendrik Schäfer

Documentary, 2019, Germany, Israel, USA
94 minutes

Hebrew, English, Spanish with subtitles

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The film closely follows an Israeli gay couple on their path to parenthood over the course of one year. Both men want to become the fathers of twins with the help of an American surrogate mother. A close look at Israeli society and the mainstream gay baby boom.


Post-film discussion with director Hendrik Schäfer: 
Sunday, May 23, 3 PM

Each ticket to Double Income, Kids automatically includes a free invitation to the Zoom post-film discussion.

 

Selection: Hofer Filmtage 2019, Queen Palm International Film Festival 2020, UK Jewish Film Festival 2020, Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival 2020

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After this film becomes available May 21 at 12 noon ET, you will have 72 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you will have 48 hours to finish watching the film.

 

The Crossing

Sunday, May 23, 2021
Noon


Admission: $12/household
 

Director: Johanne Helgeland

Drama, Family, 2020, Norway

90 minutes
Norwegian with subtitles

Narrative

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The Crossing tells the story of the adventurous 10-year-old Gerda and her brother Otto, whose parents are in the Norwegian resistance movement during the Second World War. One day, just before Christmas in 1942, Gerda and Otto’s parents are arrested, leaving the siblings on their own. Following the arrest, they discover two Jewish children, Sarah and Daniel, hidden in a secret cupboard in their basement at home. It is now up to Gerda and Otto to finish what their parents started: to help Sarah and Daniel flee from the Nazis across the border to neutral Sweden and reunite them with their parents. The Crossing is a film about the confidence, uncompromising loyalty, and great courage you can find in even the youngest of children. 


Selection: Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2021, Boston Jewish Film Festival 2021

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After this film becomes available May 23 at 12 noon ET, you will have 72 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you will have 48 hours to finish watching the film.

 

God of the Piano

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Noon


Admission: $12/household
 

Director: Itay Tal
Drama, 2019, Israel
80 minutes
Hebrew with subtitles

Narrative

Adult Content

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Anat (Naama Preis, winner of the Jerusalem Film Festival award for Best Actress) has never been able to reach her father’s exacting musical standards, and now her family’s hope of producing a musical prodigy rests on her unborn son. When the baby is born deaf, she cannot accept it and resorts to extreme measures to ensure that her child will be the composer that her father always wanted. But when the boy grows up indifferent to his destiny as a great pianist, Anat will have to stand up to her father and her own actions.

 

Selection: International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019, BAFICI, B3 Biennale 
Best Film, Jerusalem Film Festival, Best Actress, Moscow Film Festival, Transatlantyk Film Festival, Miami Jewish Film Festival

After this film becomes available May 25 at 12 noon ET, you will have 72 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you will have 48 hours to finish watching the film.

 

Golda

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Noon

Admission: $12/household

 

Directors: Sagi Bornstein, Udi Nir, Shani Rozanes

Documentary, 2019, Israel, Germany

85 minutes

Hebrew with subtitles, English

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Shortly before her passing, Golda Meir was interviewed for Israeli television. After shooting ended, the cameras kept rolling, recording an intimate talk with the first and only woman to ever rule Israel. As she lit one cigarette after the other, Golda spoke freely, pleading her case for her term as Prime Minister—five turbulent years that secured her place in history, albeit at a high personal cost.


Post-film discussion with director Udi Nir : Sunday, May 30, 3 PM
Each ticket automatically includes a free invitation to the Zoom post-film discussion.


Selection: UK Jewish Film Festival 2019, Denver Jewish Film Festival 2020, Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival 2020, Israel Film Festival Los Angeles 2020

Winner: Best Documentary Film, Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival 2020

After this film becomes available May 27 at 12 noon ET, you will have 72 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you will have 48 hours to finish watching the film.

 

Here We Are

Friday, May 28, 2021 
Noon


Admission: $12/household


Director: Nir Bergman

Drama, 2020, Israel
92 minutes
Hebrew with subtitles

Narrative

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Aharon has devoted his life to raising his son Uri. They live together in a gentle routine, away from the real world. But Uri is autistic, and now as a young adult it might be time for him to live in a specialized home. While on their way to the institution, Aharon decides to run away with his son and hits the road, knowing that Uri is not ready for this separation. Or is it, in fact, his father who is not ready?


Winner: Israeli Ophir Awards for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay 
Selection: New York Jewish Film Festival 2021, San Diego Jewish Film Festival 2021, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2021, Jewish International Film Festival Australia 2021

After this film becomes available May 28 at 12 noon ET, you will have 72 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you will have 48 hours to finish watching the film.

 
 

Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Noon

Admission: $12/household

Directors: Deborah Shaffer, Rachel Reichman

Documentary, Biography, 2019, USA

75 minutes

English

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At 88 years old, Audrey Flack holds a unique place in the history of contemporary art in America. Feminist, rebel, mother, painter, sculptor, and teacher, Audrey’s often controversial 40-year career evolved from abstract expressionism in the 1950s to photorealism in the 1970s. Queen of Hearts follows Flack as she takes her work in a new direction and reveals her long-term struggles as the mother of a child with autism.

Post-film discussion with director Deborah Shaffer and artist Audrey Flack: Tuesday, June 1, 7 PM.

Each ticket to Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack automatically includes a free invitation to the Zoom post-film discussion.

Selection: Sonoma International Film Festival 2020, DOC NYC 2019, Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival 2020, Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival 2020

Winner: Visionary Women Award, Indie Grits 2020

After this film becomes available May 30 at 12 noon ET, you will have 72 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you will have 48 hours to finish watching the film.

Thou Shalt Not Hate

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Noon


Admission: $12/household


Director: Mauro Mancini
Drama, 2020, Italy, Poland
96 minutes
Italian with subtitles

Narrative

Adult Content

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A leisurely paddle on the Timavo River becomes a life-changing moment for Simone Segre, a highly successful surgeon and son of a Holocaust survivor in Trieste, Italy. Hearing the sound of a car crash, he makes his way to the scene, only to discover that the gravely injured driver to whom he is administering aid has a swastika tattoo on his chest. In the moment he has to decide, Simone chooses to walk away. Thou Shalt Not Hate chronicles the consequence of that decision for a man who has made saving lives his life’s work.

Winner: Best Actor, Best Italian Film, 2020 Venice Film Festival

After this film becomes available June 2 at 12 noon ET, you will have 72 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you will have 48 hours to finish watching the film.

 

A Lullaby for the Valley

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Noon

Admission: $12/household

Director: Ben Shani

Documentary, 2020, Israel

75 minutes

Hebrew with subtitles

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Artist Eli Shamir paints the view from his studio balcony — fields stretching to the horizon, ancient oak trees, and a generation of farmers that is disappearing from the vistas of the Jezreel Valley. His large oils are treasured by collectors worldwide. It was director Ben Shani’s encounter with one of Shamir’s works that spawned the idea of documenting the artist at work. Neither of them had any idea that everything would change as the filming progressed, as an unforeseen danger threatened to rob Shamir of his talent. Filmed over the course of ten years, A Lullaby for the Valley focuses on the fascinating figure of Eli Shamir and his paintings. As time passes, like the endless fields of the valley, they are transformed before our very eyes.

Post-film discussion with director Ben Shani: Sunday, June 6, 3 PM

Each ticket to A Lullaby for the Valley automatically includes a free invitation to the Zoom post-film discussion.

 

Selection: Docaviv Israel 2020

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After this film becomes available June 3 at 12 noon ET, you will have 72 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you will have 48 hours to finish watching the film.

 

The Passengers

Sunday, June 6, 2021
Noon


Admission: $12/household


Director: Ryan Porush

Documentary, 2019, USA, Ethiopia

72 minutes
English, Hebrew, Amharic

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The Passengers tells the story of two men caught between two—the land of their birth and the land of their faith. They are Ethiopian Jews, members of a community of 9,000 who speak Hebrew, keep kosher, and have Israeli relatives, yet Israel continues to deny their appeals for aliyah, the birthright of Jews around the world to immigrate to the Jewish homeland. These two young men, Demoz and Gezi, embark on a daring journey in their desperate search for a path to their true home—the one they have never seen.

Post-film discussion with director and filmmaker Ryan Porush: Tuesday, June 8, 7 PM. 

Each ticket to The Passengers automatically includes a free invitation to the Zoom post-film discussion.

Selection: Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2020, Cleveland Jewish Film Festival 2019, Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 2019, Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival 2019, Seattle Jewish Film Festival 2020

After this film becomes available June 6 at 12 noon ET, you will have 72 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you will have 48 hours to finish watching the film.

 

A Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Noon

 

Admission: $12/household

 

Director: Giulio Base

Drama, 2020, Italy

100 minutes

Italian with subtitles

Narrative

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Past and present meet upon the discovery of an old, mysterious photograph that will end up tying together Christian and Jewish students in search of the truth. Trying to unravel the mystery behind the portrait, the boys embark on a journey through a night of horror that cannot be forgotten: the raid of the Roman Ghetto. Retracing these painful events will give them the chance to take a collective stance toward personal, existential, and cultural commitment.

Selection: Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival 2021, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2021, Jewish International Film Festival Australia 2021, Sacramento Jewish Film Festival 2021

After this film becomes available June 9 at 12 noon ET, you will have 72 hours to start watching. Once you begin, you will have 48 hours to finish watching the film.

 

These short films

are available from May 19 - June 10.

Admission: Free

After these films become available May 19 at 12 noon ET, you will have until June 10 to start watching. Once you begin, you will have 48 hours to finish watching the Short Film Program.

 
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Cheeseburger

Director: Hillary Nussbaum

Short, 2018, USA

5 minutes

English

Three Jewish roommates debate their different views on religion as one contemplates a very big, very not-kosher decision: eating a cheeseburger.

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Food Flirts: Pastrami Meets Ramen

Director: Bruce Seidel

Documentary Short, 2017, USA

25 minutes

English

 

Meet the Brass Sisters, a.k.a. the Food Flirts, two passionate food explorers of a certain age on a mission to tackle their culinary bucket list. After dreaming about childhood days spent eating pastrami, the Brass sisters decide to finally learn how artisan pastrami is crafted at Mamaleh’s, a modern Jewish delicatessen. Meanwhile, producer Bruce sets the ladies up with their very own ramen noodle and broth-making lesson. After savoring this delicious treat for the first time, the sisters decide to mash the two together and to teach us about another Jewish comfort food (noodle kugel)—and the pastrami ramen noodle kugel is born!

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How to Swim

Director: Noa Gusakov

Black Comedy, 2018, Israel

15 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles

 

Abigail is heavily pregnant, but something is missing. Terrified about the imminent birth of her child, she kidnaps a comforting partner in crime for one afternoon.


Opening film, Tel Aviv Student Film Festival 2018 
Selection: Palm Springs ShortFest 2018, Encounters Film Festival 2018, Hamptons International Film Festival 2018

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Egg Cream

Directors: Nora Claire Miller, Peter Miller
Documentary Short, 2018, USA

16 minutes
English


This short film focuses on the enduring meaning of a beloved chocolate soda drink born on the Jewish Lower East Side. The egg cream contains neither eggs nor cream—it was a product of necessity and hardship, but a source of joy and sweetness. Through a tour of egg cream establishments led by a filmmaker and his young daughter, exhaustively researched archival imagery, and even a song by Lou Reed, the film examines the Jewish experience in America and the mythology of a simpler time.

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Sushi, Meatballs and Everything

Director: Liel Gur
Short, 2018, Israel
10 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles


The road to meatballs is paved with good intentions. A young woman decides to stand up to her loving parents-in-law, once and for all.

Second prize, LongShort Film Festival Tel Aviv 2018
Selection: Pittsburgh Jewish Film Festival 2018, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2019, Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival 2019, Denver Jewish Film Festival 2020

These short films are available from May 19 - June 10.

Admission: Free

After these films become available May 19 at 12 noon ET, you will have until June 10 to start watching. Once you begin, you will have 48 hours to finish watching the Short Film Program.

Closing Event: A Water Cooler Discussion

at the Red River Theatre Virtual Lobby

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Thursday, June 10, 2021, 7 PM

Admission: Free

Join us in the Red River Theatre Virtual Lobby via Zoom for an open discussion of all the films in this year’s NH Jewish Film Festival. Free goody bag with homemade baked goods will be available for pick up in your neighborhood.

All ticket holders may register for this Free Closing Event. A great opportunity to discuss the movies with our community.

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Jewish Federation Committee

Ross Fishbein

Patricia Kalik

Film Festival Chairs

Linda Gerson

Film Festival Chair and

Artistic Director Emerita

Sarit Itenberg
Chair of the Board

Elyse Hyman

Executive Director

Graphic Design

Grinley Creative

Printing

NH Print & Mail Services

Film Festival Steering Committee

Pamela Englander

Harvey Epstein
Barrie Paster

Film Festival Special Events

Pamela Englander

Ann Fabian

Jo Ann Meyers

Barbara Scotch

Copy

Fran Berman

Video

Russell Wolff Video

Website

Glikstorm LLC

Film Festival Committee

Mark Biletch
Maryellen Biletch
Shana Biletch
Laura Black
Roberta Brayer
Kathy Brodsky

Zachary Camenker

Marilyn Cavanaugh

Dina Michael Chaitowitz

Pamela Cohen
Deborah De Passe
Martin Fabian

Darren Garnick

Donna Goldfarb

Barbara Greene

Gail Herman

Richard Kudler

Rachel Kurshan

Andy Kushner

Barbara Ann Paster

Judy Posner  

Barry Rotman

Reva Rovner

Alane Sabel

Avia Sagron

Brenda Schadick

Liliane Sznycer

Abner Taub

Russell Wolff

Beth Zinderman

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THANK YOU

to our 2021 Festival Sponsors

Supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State

Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

PRODUCERS

FILM STARS

MEDIA PARTNER

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DIRECTORS

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Maryellen and Mark Biletch

Debra and Robert Feins

Jennifer and Ross Fishbein

Eileen Freedman

Pam Grich and Louis Fink

Nancy and Richard Kudler

Rachel Kurshan
Julia and Ido Preis
Barbara and Barry Scotch

SCREEENWRITERS

Elaine and Paul Bieber
Roberta Brayer
C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc.
Elm Grove Companies
Ann and Martin Fabian
Fairhurst & Cohen Tax Services, P.L.L.C.
Dorothy and David Goldstone

Helen Hanan and Melvin Prostkoff
Arlene and Newton Kershaw
Andy and Norm Kushner
New Hampshire Print & Mail
Sue and Jay Niederman
North End Properties
NorthEast Computer Services LLC

Marc Rubenson
The Spa Within
Lilianne Sznycer and Abner Taub
Temple Adath Yeshurun
Honey Weiss and Dr. David Lewis
Zvi & Debby Cohen Jewish Film Festival Fund

FRIENDS OF THE FILM FESTIVAL

Mark Abramson
Barbara Adler
Jerilyn Anderson
Anonymous
Barbara Bailey
Adrienne Baum and Keith Spiro
Bennett Berson
Fern Blood
Shelley Blye
Joseph Bravo
Kathy Brodsky
Terry Buckner
Christine Bullen
Rowena and Sanders Burstein
Marilyn Cavanaugh
Dina Michael Chaitowitz
Barbara Cohen
Ellen Cohn
Linda Cohn-Rosenberg and Richard Rosenberg
Howard Brett Cutler
Rachel Dennis
Patricia and Andrew Diengott
Judith Dunn

Jeff Eichel

Alan Elliot

Pamela and Luis Englander

Marsha and Robert Feder

Albert Fine

Judith Finn

Janice and Bill Fischel

Barbara Fishman

Ellen and Stanley Forman

Mandy and Barry Frank

Barbara and Ivor Freeman

Suzanne and Kenneth Gelinas

Ann Glater

Ellen and Samuel Gold

Priscilla Gould

Rebecca and Alan Green

Barbara Green

Sara Grunstein
Sheryl and Denis Hammond
Esther Haskvitz
Sheldon Hayer
Ellen and William Herlicka
Gail Herman

Melissa Herman and Michael Herron

Ann Holbrook

Joan Jacobs and Lawrence Drake

Hollie Jaffe
Nancy and Andrew Jaffe

Judith Jolton
Ricki Kantrowitz
Carol Kaplan
Emilie and Alan Kaplan 
Michael Kaplan

Edwin Kay
Stephanie Kendall
Amy Kischner and Peter Thompson
Jeanette Kruger

Adine Latimore
Susan Lawless
Marjorie Leventon
Heidi and Donald Levi
Jennifer Lewis
Nadine Lipman
Roz Lowen
Karen and Joe Lukeman

Kate McMurray

Scott Meyer

JoAnn Meyers

Judith Mitchell

Martha Mobley

Bruce Pacht

Luisa Paster

Beatrice Paul

Karen Polansky

Judith Posner

Jill Post

Melissa and Lee Ann Potter
David Raider
Judith Reeve
Sheryl Rich-Kern
Virginia and Ellis Rolett
Roseann Ronan
David Rosenthal
Emma and Walter Rous
Reva Rovner
Robin and Lawrence Rubin
Beth and David Salzman

Andrea Savada

Brenda Schadick

Nancie and Mark Severs

Jack Shapiro

Jane Sharfstein

Helen Skeist
Renee Snow
Carol and Gary Sobelson
Bonnie Sontag
Stephen Marx Hair Salon
Adele and Norman Strominger
Bernice Taube
Temple Beth Jacob
Nicole Therrien-Boll
Susan and Stephen Tober
Tina and Tom Tolin-Scheper
Cheryl Weinstein
Phyllis Whitney
Kenneth Wilner
Laura X.
Ted Yegerman
Rosa Zwaiman