KCET OBSERVES HIGH HOLY DAYS WITH RIVETING PROGRAMS BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 12
Burbank, CA - August 14, 2012 - KCET, the nation's largest independent public television station, honors High Holy Days with four fascinating programs during the month of September. Documentaries include warm narratives of family love during Passover; the history behind the Jewish Holidays; the background of the most consecrated prayer in Judaism; and the story behind the largest concentration camp for women during World War II. Each program features compelling stories viewers can enjoy while acquiring valuable knowledge about these sacred holidays.
Kicking off the series of High Holy Days programs is The Gefilte Fish Chronicles, a documentary filled with joy, love, family films and photographs, airing Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 2:30 p.m. Narrated by 86-year-old twin sisters Peppy Barer and Rosie Groman, the program tells the story of how a family embraces the Passover holiday; not only to celebrate a religious event, but to stay spiritually and physically connected through traditional meal preparations. Family recipes that appear on screen during closing credits add an extra special touch to the program.
On Thursday, Sept. 13, find out about the ancient origin, evolution, symbols and traditions that have come to define The High Holy Days in The New Beginning, airing at 10:30 p.m. This program illustrates with prayer, song, art, literature, custom and ritual, the splendor of The Days of Awe. The program also unfolds the rich tapestry of the strong moral and ethical fibre that is woven into The Ten Days of Repentance; and traces the cultural ethnic threads that flow unbroken into the modern practice of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
The program repeats Monday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m.
Then, on Sunday, Sept. 16, explore the Kol Nidrei, the most sacred prayer in Judaism that begins its holiest day of Yom Kippur in 18 Voices Sing Kol Nidrei, airing at 4:30 p.m. The Kol Nidrei's words have caused centuries of persecution, but its poignant melody has enthralled generations of Jews and non-Jews and saved the prayer from itself. The program tells the Kol Nidrei story impressionistically through the tales and anecdotes of those who have been touched by it, from top experts on the chant to just those who have been changed by chanting it.
Catch the repeat Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 5 a.m.
Finally, Thursday, Sept. 20 at 10:30 p.m., take a journey through Ravensbrueck, Hitler's largest concentration camp designed for women, in Where Birds Never Sang: The Story of Ravensbruck and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camps. Ravensbrueck was a site where various medical experiments were conducted on the women; women guards used throughout the Nazi system were trained here; and the women were used as prostitutes for the SS and special prisoners. Hear the stories behind this brutal camp where 92,000 women and children met a cruel and inhumane death, marking a tragic event in history.
The program repeats Monday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m.
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