Arizona Premiere of Surviving Skokie

April 17, 2016 — Almost 300 people filled the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus’s screening room on April 17, 2016, to be the first to attend the Arizona premiere of the new documentary, Surviving Skokie. The community event was co-sponsored by the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival, Phoenix Holocaust Survivors’ Association, Generations After, and Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Phoenix.

The film details the journey the director and his father, Jack, a Holocaust survivor and former resident of Skokie, IL, undertook after the elder Adler was liberated from Auschwitz and relocated to the Chicago suburbs. Award-winning director Eli Adler was present to introduce the film as well as participate in a post-screening discussion with the audience, which included several Holocaust survivors. Upon seeing the number of Chicago-area residents in the crowd, Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival boardmember Cheryl Hammerman joked, “Phoenix is Chicago at room temperature.”

A portion of the proceeds from the event were contributed to The Blue Card, the only national organization in the United States whose sole mission it is to help needy Holocaust survivors with financial aid.