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The Lonely Child: A Song and a Documentary in Progress

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)

Free event with free garage parking off Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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The Lonely Child is a song written in the Vilna Ghetto by Yiddish poet Shmerke Kaczerginski in 1943 about a mother and daughter separated by war. Seventy-five years later, Alix Wall – the daughter of the song’s daughter – sets out to make a documentary film about the people who are keeping the song alive, working together with filmmaker Marc Smolowitz, the son of a child hidden from the Nazis. While the film is in its early stages, Wall will speak about the power of the song and its global footprint.

A contributing editor for J., The Jewish News of Northern California, Alix Wall writes a monthly column about Jews in the food world as well as other features. She is a regular contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, Berkeleyside, Bay Area Bites, and Edible East Bay. Wall is founder of the Illuminoshi, the not-so-secret society of Bay Area Jewish food professionals, and works part-time as a personal chef.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia, JFCS Holocaust Center, J. Weekly, Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California, and the Jewish Film Institute