Cantor Evlyn presents a program on:
The Fabulous Sarah Bernhardt, actor turned cult figure, captured the excitement of the world’s imagination at the turn of the 20th century. Using her prodigious skills as artist, actor, sculptor, entrepreneur, salon magnet, theater manager, writer and publicist, La Bernhardt helped to shape views about Jews and their place in contemporary French society in the years leading up to and including the Dreyfus Affair (1894-1906). In this conversation, Hazzan E will highlight three of Bernhardt’s performances, in France and abroad, of three famous “Jewish” women: Esther, the story of the assimilated Jewish queen who softens the heart of the patriarch in order to save her people; La Samaritaine, the story of a scorned Hebrew, who inspires her people to know the Jewish roots of Christian love; and Jeanne d’Urbex, the French mother who seeks her son in the trenches of an actual WWI battlefield in Mères françaises, a 1917 silent film made by Louis Mercanton, when Sarah was 72. actress Sarah Bernhardt. This event is sponsored by THZ Sisterhood.