From March ’08 Spotlight:

“Me ken makhn der kholem greser vi di nakht.”

(“You Can Make the Dream Bigger than the Night.”)

New York journalist Eileen Douglas will be here in Chicago with her producing partner Ron Steinman to show two documentary films in celebration of Women’s History Month.

First up is My Grandfather’s House…

Next comes Luboml: My Heart Remembers about pre-War life in a thriving Polish market town. Despite Nazi destruction of the entire Jewish community in 1942, images of Luboml’s synagogues and sports teams, businesses and factories, theater and cinema are all preserved in family photos and archival footage. Former residents lovingly describe daily life in Luboml, where religious tradition and community life once coexisted for generations.

My Grandfather’s House will screen at the Harold Washington Library Center (at State and Congress) on Weds evening Mar 24 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Luboml will screen at Skokie Public Library (5215 Oakton) on Thurs afternoon Mar 25 from 12:15 PM to 2 PM. Both screenings will be introduced by Eileen, and end with Q&A sessions so audience members can address their questions directly to Eileen and Ron.

Both screenings are free and open to the public. No reservations are required, but seating is limited. Sponsoring organizations include Chicago YIVO as well as several local women’s organizations, with additional funding from the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. For more information, visit

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