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Public is Invited to Attend Free Jewish Film Series in October at Fox Run

September 26, 2011

NOVI, MI (September 22, 2011) - The public is invited to attend a free Jewish Film Series at Fox Run retirement community in Novi during the month of October. Showtimes are Sundays, October 2, 9, 16, and 23, at 2 p.m.,  in the Belmont Performing Arts Center at Fox Run, 41000 Thirteen Mile Road, Novi, MI, 48377.  Seating is limited. To RSVP please email:
The movies, which are sponsored by Fox Run's Diversity and Inclusion Committee,  have been chosen to not only entertain and educate everyone about different aspects of Jewish neighbors, but to also highlight the similarities and relationships that Jews share with other traditions.
The movies are:
October 2nd: "Arranged" : Two young women -- one an Orthodox Jew, the other Muslim -- meet and become friends as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn, New York.  Over the course of the year they learn they share much in common, not least of which is that they are both going through arranged marriages.  92 Minutes. Not rated.
October 9:  "Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg" : The Oprah of her day" is one talking head's description of the broadcasting pioneer Gertrude Berg in this movie, Aviva Kempner's engrossing documentary portrait of a once-beloved radio and television star who died in 1966 and today is barely remembered. The film could be described as Exhibit A in a study of media celebrity and collective forgetfulness in the age of information overload. 92 Minutes. Not Rated.
October 16:  "A Small Act":  When Hilde Back sponsored a young rural Kenyan student with a quarterly donation of $15 each year never imagining it would pave Chris's way to Harvard.  Years later, Chris has become a United Nations human rights lawyer working to combat genocide and discrimination. He seeks out the stranger who dramatically transformed his life and is astonished to teach his benefactor Hilde, who is a Holocaust survivor.  This movie beautifully interweaves seemingly separate lives to illuminate the truly interconnected world in which we live.  88 Minutes. Not Rated.
October 23:  "David & Layla": Inspired by a true story, sparks fly when a Jew and a Muslim fall in love in New York. David, TV host of "Sex & Happiness", becomes smitten with the voluptuous Layla, a mysterious, dancer who turns out to be a refugee. David's reckless pursuit of Layla sets off an unveiling of the similarities and contrasts of their ancient cultures. His lust grows into love as he discovers in stunning Layla a sensitive, intelligent war survivor with a rich culture that echoes his own. But their families object to their unlikely romance. Faced with deportation, Layla must choose: David or Dr. Ahmad? Will David and Layla follow their hearts and blast through centuries of religious animosity? The film was inspired by the true story of the Muslim-Jewish couple Alwand Jaff and her husband David Ruby, both of whom have cameo roles in the film. 106 Minutes. Rated R.
Fox Run, which has nearly 1,000 residents,  sits on108 acres in Novi, MI. Fox Run offers extensive wellness and prevention programs, balance assessment and fall prevention programs, and Fitness and Aquatics Centers. Also, there are scores of resident-inspired and resident-led clubs, committees and interest groups in these categories: art; cards; computers and technology; dance; faith-based and interfaith; fitness and sports; games; gardening; lifelong learning; music; literature, philanthropy. Fox Run is managed by Erickson Living.