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May 5, 2010

Hadassah Hawaii Goes Hollywood with MorningStar Filmmaker Lynn Roth

Hadassah Hawaii presented a whirlwind series of events featuring writer, director, producer Lynn Roth and her new feature film “The Little Traitor” at the opening of the Temple Emanu-El Jewish Film Festival, a University of Hawaii forum, and a fascinating Hadassah Brunch in Honolulu. Lynn’s movie, “The Little Traitor” starring Alfred Molina, based on the novel, “Panther in the Basement” by acclaimed author, Amos Oz, is set in Palestine in 1947, and its opening the Jewish Film Festival secured Hadassah and the MorningStar Commission prominence in the limelight for the entire two week festival.

The genesis of this fantastic event was in November last year, when Hawaii President Andrea Snyder spoke with Hadassah Southern California about viewing the film “The Little Traitor” with the selection committee from the Temple Emanu-El Film Festival and knew that the film’s writer, director, producer Lynn Roth was a MorningStar Commission member. National chair, MorningStar liaison, Molly Novak was called and she extended an invitation to Lynn to participate in the film festival. From New York to California to Hawaii the women of Hadassah worked together so that Lynn and her award winning film could open the Jewish Film Festival, headline a University of Hawaii forum and be featured at a Hadassah fundraising event. The MorningStar Commission brought a wonderful opportunity for Hawaii to have an exciting array of programs for the entire weekend that was evocative as well as wonderful for Hadassah public relations.

Hadassah had prominent exposure with its full screen logo on the Film Festival trailer, brochures at the Festival information table, a full page article in the Temple bi-monthly bulletin, and was written up on the Honolulu Academy of Art’s Doris Duke Theater website. Hadassah Hawaii also forged new partnerships with the University of Hawaii and Hillel.

Support from Hawaii’s Hadassah Southern California, also included advisor Sharon Krischer, who recommended that the March 7th brunch giving level be set at a minimum Hamsa level ($180) annual commitment, which 23 members and guests made. Further giving was 2 at Chai level ($360), and 3 continuing at Keeper ($1000). This level of giving was a new milestone for the Hawaii Chapter.

Lynn Roth’s presentations in Hawaii were top notch. She was a fascinating and gracious speaker, whether describing the making of the movie, the history of the British mandate and Israeli independence, or the MorningStar Commission and the portrayal of Jewish women in the entertainment industry. This accomplished filmmaker took Honolulu by storm!

Andrea Snyder Hadassah Hawaii Chapter President


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