“Children of the Inquisition,” a film by Joseph Lovett, played to a crowd of over 120 people at the Alliance’s Dwares Jewish Community Center in Providence on Jan. 19. The program was sponsored by the Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association in collaboration with Touro Synagogue and the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island.
The film took the audience on a 500-year trek across continents, following those forced by religious persecution in Spain and Portugal to convert or flee. It stretched across time to the present day and the descendants who seek to understand connections that still resonate.
Prominent in the film are David Gitlitz, professor emeritus at the University of Rhode Island, along with Joseph Lovett, who grew up in Providence and attended Temple Beth-El, where he was inspired by Rabbi William G. Braude to delve into Jewish history. After the viewing, more than half of the attendees remained for a discussion session.
For more information on the film, or to host a showing, contact Lovett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association