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*PRESS RELEASE*

For Immediate Release

Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, Inc.

Contact:  Kevin Ledgewood

205-758-5195, x6



*2009 JEWISH CULTURAL FESTIVAL INCLUDES FILM, FOOD, EXHIBIT, AND LITERATURE
*



(Tuscaloosa)  The *Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County*
and *Temple
Emanu-El* will present the 7th Annual *Jewish Cultural Festival* January 20
 April 12, 2009 at the Bama Theatre and The University of Alabama.  The
festival consists of an exhibit at UA's Hoole Library, a Jewish food and
film festival, and a book discussion series.  Admission will be charged for
the food/film festival with other events free.  Food/film festival passes
are available at the Arts Council office for a discounted price of
$30.  Tickets
for individual films will also be on sale at the box office prior to their
start.  Note:  Film screenings will take place at both the Bama Theatre,
Greensboro Ave., downtown Tuscaloosa, and Reese Phifer Hall on the
University of Alabama campus.



*Tuscaloosa**'s inaugural Jewish Film Festival took place in 2003 through a
partnership between Temple Emanu-El and the Arts and Humanities Council of
Tuscaloosa County. The festival was established with the goals of
introducing local audiences to the best of Jewish filmmaking and expanding
cultural and social understanding. Now in its seventh year, the festival has
grown to include specific areas of Jewish culture such as food and
literature.*

**

*Festival sponsors include the Gloria Narramore Moody Foundation and the
Tuscaloosa Convention and Visitors Bureau.  *

**

*For more information call 205-758-5195 or visit www.tuscarts.org for a
complete synopsis of films and festival details.*
**
*>>>January 20, 2009:**
**Hoole Library Exhibit:**  "Campus Meets Town Meets All Around: Glimpses at
Tuscaloosa's Jewish Community from the Hoole Library Collections*"
This exhibit, an historic look at some interesting aspects of Jewish life
and culture in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, brings together elements from The
University of Alabama, the Tuscaloosa community, and the world through the
collections of the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library.  The display
opens January 20, 2009, in the Hoole Special Collections Library Lobby, 2nd
floor, Mary Harmon Bryant Hall on the University of Alabama campus.  Library
hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, and Thursday until 9pm. For more
information contact Jessica Lacher-Feldman at 205-348-0500 or
[log in to unmask]

**

*>>>January 24, 2009 at 6pm:  Jewish Food Festival and opening night of the
Film Festival at the Bama Theatre*

The festival continues on Saturday, January 24, 2009 with a Jewish Food
Festival at 6pm and the screening of *The Counterfeitors *at 7:30 p.m.
(Admission $10  includes food festival and screening of the film).   From
bagels to hummus, the Jewish Food Festival will feature a huge selection of
sweet and savory traditional cuisine, all identified with a description of
their purpose in the Jewish culture and holiday season.  The festival will
represent both traditional foods and those adapted to the modern Jewish
table.  The opening night of the festival will continue with the screening
of the film *The Counterfeitors* (Drama-RATED R) at 7:30 p.m.



*>>>January 25, 2009 at 2pm:  Sunday matinee (double feature):  Circumcise
Me  and Matzo and Mistletoe**
**Reese Phifer Hall** *on the University of Alabama Campus (at the corner of
University Boulevard and Colonial Drive);

Admission: $5-$7



*>>>January 26, 2009 at 7:30pm:  Monday evening (triple feature):  Bound for
Gory (short), Let My People Grow (short), and Noodle**
**Bama Theatre, 600 Greensboro Ave., downtown Tuscaloosa* ; Admission: $5-$7



*>>>January 27, 2009 at 7:30pm:  Tuesday evening (double feature):
Jewno (short)
and Then She Found Me**
**Bama Theatre, 600 Greensboro Ave., downtown Tuscaloosa* ; Admission: $5-$7
* <http://www.tjctv.com/movies/circumcise-me/>**
*

*>>>Jewish Book Discussion Series: "The Road Not Taken"  Book Discussion
Series*

Join a three-session discussion series of recent works about Jewish
histories that once were or could have been. All discussions will be held at
the Hillel House at The University of Alabama, 900 Anna Avenue. The events
are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.  For
more information, book reviews, and updates, visit the blog at:* **
http://tuscaloosajewishbookgroup.wordpress.com;  Admission:  free***

*Sunday, February 8 at 4pm*
*The Yiddish Policemen's Union* by Michael Chabon
*Sunday, March 8 at 4pm*
*The Last Jews of Kerala* by Edna Fernandes
*Sunday April 12 at 4pm*
*The Plot Against America* by Philip Roth



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Dr. Kevin Ledgewood Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County, Inc.
Box 1117 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35403 phone: 205-758-5195, x15 fax:
205-345-2787 website: www.tuscarts.org "Drawing the Community Into the Arts"

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