Join us on Saturday June 2 at 4:30 pm for an in-depth panel discussion on the themes and topics of each show. This event is free to attend, reserve tickets ahead of time with the Box Office.
SHARING AND OWNING OUR STORIES
What questions, stories, and memories can be shared to help keep family legacies alive? Taking our cue from Richard Hollander’s redemptive example in The Book of Joseph, our panel will examine the ways that knowing one’s legacy can help lead toward understanding of one’s place in the world, and the roles and responsibilities inherent in maintaining family narratives over time.
Martha Weiman has served as the President of the Baltimore Jewish Council, President of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation and presently serves on the Boards of the Baltimore Jewish Council, The Associated; Jewish Federation of Baltimore, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, The Elijah Cummings Youth Program an Jewish Volunteer Connection. She is actively engaged with Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Justice and co-leads the committee on Immigration. As a Holocaust survivor who lost much of her family, she arrived in Baltimore with her parents and two brothers after her father’s release from Buchenwald and a ten month circuitous trip to the United States. Though her past was difficult and, at times traumatic, she doesn’t let it define her. Instead, her experiences have guided her along with her husband, three wonderful daughters and four grandchildren. Today, her goal is to make a major impact for the good, both in the Baltimore Jewish community and the community at large.
Richard Polt helps families and institutions preserve their legacies as a film producer, communicator and speaker. As founder of Acknowledge Media, Rich creates documentary-style movies built on conversations with loved ones. These movies serve as a link to the past and a treasure for future generations. Earlier in his career, Rich built and managed two P.R. agencies, Louder Than Words and Communicate GOOD. In 2012, Rich launched a nationwide philanthropic effort called Talking GOOD, which recognized inspiring people "making a difference." Rich lives in Baltimore County with his wife, Jennifer, and his two sons, Samuel and Ethan. See more at acknowledgemedia.com
Elissa Brent Weissman is an award-winning author of novels for young readers. Best known for the popular Nerd Camp series, her books have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, NPR's “Here and Now,” and more. Her most recent book, The Length of a String, is a part-contemporary, part-historical novel about a black, adopted, Jewish girl who discovers her great-grandmother's diary from World War II. Elissa lives in Federal Hill with her husband and two young children. Learn more at ebweissman.com.