Sunday, December 12 | 7 PM

Vine Family Auditorium

JCC of Greater New Haven

Beckerman Lender Community Building 

360 Amity Road, Woodbridge

As part of the Beckerman Jewish Cultural Arts Series and in co-sponsorship with First Calvary Baptist Church, New Haven, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven presents Upheaval: The Journey of Menachem Begin. 

Menachem Begin was imprisoned by the Soviets, orphaned by the Holocaust, elected Prime Minister of Israel, crowned peacemaker by the Nobel Prize Committee and ultimately disgraced by the Lebanon War. Explore Begin’s life and legacy in this captivating new documentary from writer and director Jonathan Gruber. Don't miss the opportunity to view rarely seen archival materials and revealing interviews.

Join us for an in-person screening of UPHEAVAL on Sunday, December 12. Talkback panelists include film producers Rob Schwartz and Rachel Greenberg, Rev. Dr. Boise Kimber, local clergy, public dignitaries and moderator professor Doron Ben-Atar. Music will be provided by the First Calvary Baptist Ensemble.


Moderator Professor Doron Ben-Atar

Doron Ben-Atar is an Israeli-born American historian and author. He is a Professor of History at Fordham University in New York City. His books include:

  • What Time and Sadness Spared: Mother and Son Confront the Holocaust, with Roma Nutkiewicz Ben-Atar University of Vriginia Press, 2006.
  • Anti-Zionism on Campus: The University, Free Speech, and BDS, with Andrew Pessin, University of Indiana Press, 2018.

Can't Make It? Watch the Film Online!

If you cannot make our in-person screening and talkback, we invite you to participate in our Upheaval virtual program. Watch the film online at your convenience Monday, December 13 - Wednesday, December 15. After the film, enjoy a pre-recorded discussion moderated by Jodi Rudoren, Editor in Chief of the Forward and including:

  • Jonathan Gruber, Upheaval producer, writer and director 
  • Joe Lieberman, former CT state senator
  • Arye Naor, Israeli professor of public policy and communications
  • Lahav Harkov, Senior Contributing Editor and Diplomatic Correspondent of The Jerusalem Post 

Register for our in-person event or virtual program below

  • Must show vaccination card to attend in person

  • Must show vaccination card to attend in person

  • Watch the film plus pre-recorded discussion online Monday, December 13 -Wednesday, December 15

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