Mini Miami Beach Jewish Film Festival

Jewish Museum of Florida. Apr 24, 2011. 2:00 p.m.

altWhenever Aaron Davidson has shown his films at the Jewish Museum of Florida, he has received enthusiastic responses, as they recall memories of the heyday of Jewish life on Miami Beach. On Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., Davidson will present four short films. Admission is free to members and free with Museum entry ticket. Please RSVP to 786.972.3175 or  [email protected]. Walk-ins are welcome.

“Rascal House” running time 9:23 (c) 2008, 2010

This film was made on the closing weekend of the Rascal House Restaurant, which was a fixture on Miami Beach for over half a century and was the last of the old-school New York- Jewish style delis. Opened in 1954, it was the place locals and visitors came for huge portions of first-class delicatessen fare, comfort food and a taste of home. After almost six decades, the owners closed the restaurant. Filmmaker Aaron Davidson stepped into history, capturing the essence of this classic restaurant on its last day, as patrons came to reminisce and have their final meal at this South Florida landmark.

“Abraham’s Bakery” running time 9:42 (c) 2008, 2010

Abraham’s Kosher Bakery has been a Miami Beach landmark for more than 30 years and one of the last “old fashioned” bakeries of its kind. In this documentary, filmmaker Aaron Davidson takes us on a behind the scenes tour as the bakers make challah (a traditional bread), hamantashen (a type of pastry), and a variety of other traditional items. Most of the baking is done by hand, and the camera lovingly follows the process of making these delectable baked goods. Along the way we hear from some of the bakers and patrons giving rise to a feast for the eyes.

“A Slice of Life” (Goldstein & Sons) running time 12:47 (c) 2007, 2010

There was a time when Miami Beach had many kosher butchers, especially those located South of 5th Street. Now there is one remaining, Goldstein & Sons, which has been a fixture on Miami Beach for more than 20 years. In a world of self-service, Goldstein & Sons is a portal to a different era. In this documentary, filmmaker Aaron Davidson visits the butcher shop and we see a slice of life, as customers young and old, from near and far, all converge to place their orders. In the film, the patriarch of this family of butchers, Joe Goldstein, shares his recollections, as do some customers as he, his son, and grandchildren prepare orders and we experience a typical time at this South Florida institution. The film was originally made as part of a competition organized by the Jewish Museum of Florida. The Museum asked students to submit entries that explored Florida Jewish history and the universal themes inherent in the immigrant story that binds the diversity of ethnic groups in South Florida. 

“Ehruv with a View” running time 5:52 (c) 2010

This is the story of the Miami Beach Ehruv, a simple white string practically invisible that circles above Miami Beach. This symbolic boundary means everything to some, but is unnoticed by most and yet maintaining it is no easy task.  Filmmaker Aaron Davidson offers a fascinating look behind the string and it’s effect on Orthodox Jewish life in Miami Beach.

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