Filmmaker to present documentary on rabbi who refused to remain silent

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival, the community is invited to a free “fan favorite” screening of “Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent,” on Monday, Jan. 20, at 11:30 a.m. at JCC MetroWest, 760 Northfield Ave. in West Orange.

Rachel Fisher will lead a post-screening discussion; she and Rachel Pasternak are the principals of R-Squared, the multimedia company that produced the documentary.

The award-winning film — originally shown at the 14th festival — chronicles the courageous journey of Rabbi Joachim Prinz, an outspoken critic of the Nazis in his native Germany, who fled to the United States and became the longtime rabbi of Temple B’nai Abraham in Newark, now in Livingston, a bold leader of the civil rights movement, and a powerful voice in the pursuit of justice.

Prinz helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, speaking forcefully to the crowd on the sin of silence in the face of bigotry, just moments before Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

The film uses archival footage and photos as well as interviews with family and friends, scholars, and civil rights leaders to tell the story of this religious leader who fought for the rights of all.

Tickets are free; pre-registration is encouraged. To register or to become a sponsor of the festival — which will take place March 19 through 29 — visit jccmetrowest.org/njjff or contact festival director Sarah Diamond at sdiamond@jccmetrowest.org, 973-929-2938 or 973-530-3417.

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