OPENING  OF THE CHAVERIM FILM CLUB at Sutton Synagogue on Sunday afternoon 2nd November 2014 at 4.30 pm with the screening of THE BOOK THIEF”  based on the book by Markus Zusak

What a delightful event - one not to have been missed.

The shul hall was completely packed  - 65 were seated - no room for more chairs.

And the entrance was FREE !!


Thanks are due to Rica Infante, chair of CHAVERIM and her committee,  who initiated the CHAVERIM FILM CLUB and worked hard to produce such a wonderful audience and lovely atmosphere.


The screen, sound and projection was first rate and very professional thanks to Andy Gold and Michael Simons who worked incredibly hard to source the right equipment, install it and man it.


The film was so gripping and absorbing that one was unaware of the shul chairs, which although comfortable are not quite cinema standard.   I heard no complaints.


This was an interesting and ambitious choice for the first film - and an enormous success.


Having read the book I found the film was  faithful to the plot and I was not disappointed.


A spell-binding story of a young girl living with her adoptive German family in a small Bavarian town during the Nazi era.  Her best friend is a young boy - and (secretly)  they both hate Hitler and the  Nazi regime.  Taught to read by her kind-hearted foster father, the girl begins "borrowing" books and sharing them with the young Jewish refugee being sheltered by her non-Jewish foster parents in their home.

Kristalnacht was portrayed - and it was from the large pile of burning books that Liesel rescued just one smouldering book to add to her meagre collection .......


Cakes and biscuits were invitingly laid out on tables afterwards with tea and coffee being served - and the hall was full of friendly, chatting people - a lovely atmosphere.
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