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Selichot at Temple Beth-El

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Welcoming The New Year!

7:00 PM Meditative Selichot prayers led by the TBE clergy

8:00 PM Film and Discussion - “The Lives of Others” (Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film)

In 1983 East Berlin, dedicated Stasi officer Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe), doubting that a famous playwright (Sebastian Koch) is loyal to the Communist Party, receives approval to spy on the man and his actress-lover Christa-Maria (Martina Gedeck). Wiesler becomes unexpectedly sympathetic to the couple, then faces conflicting loyalties when his superior takes a liking to Christa-Maria and orders Wiesler to get the playwright out of the way.

A beautiful meditation on teshuvah and seeing the humanity of one’s opponents.

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