Filmmaker Aviva Kempner turns her lens on Julius Rosenwald. Is the civil rights pioneer one of the Jewish world’s greatest philanthropists?
Documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner has previously profiled Hank Greenberg and Molly Goldberg. In her latest film, she trains her eye on pioneering philanthropist Julius Rosenwald.
Gertrude Berg left this world at the age of 68 on September 14, 1966, two months to the day before I entered it. I’d like to think that maybe our souls met one another in a possible netherworld between life and death. I imagine that the departed Berg whispered something in my fetal ear — planted a seed — that would come to fruition exactly 43 years later, when I sat down last September at my laptop and wrote my first blog post as a first step on the path to a new career in journalism.
Before Beaver Cleaver introduced television watchers to his suburban boyhood, before Lucy and Desi’s domestic misadventures became ingrained in the consciousness of the American household, and before the world had even heard of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, Gertrude Berg was the queen of the American sitcom.
I have yet to hear my fellow female directors calling for Roman Polanski to return to the United States to face sentencing for his admitted guilt of statutory rape.