We are delighted to learn the Vermont Public Television is including rebroadcasts of its 2012 award-winning documentary Little Jerusalem as part its March, 2016 programming. Litttle Jerusalem will air on Sunday, March 20th at 3:30. You can also watch the whole video online here.
The film, to which Mural Project co-directors Aaron Goldberg and Jeff Potash contributed, documents the history and life of Burlington’s small but vibrant Jewish immigrant community in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Most of Burlington’s Jews came from towns in Lithuania and practiced traditional Litvak (Orthodox) Judaism. The Chai Adam Shul, for which the mural was painted, was on of three local Orthodox congregations. Ohavi Zedek, the oldest congregation of the three and into which the others eventually merged, now houses the mural in its 1950s synagogue not far from the original location. The film follows the history of these congregations, but also the modest professions of the immigrants, most of whom created a intimate village (shtetl) within larger Burlington, in which they provided goods and services and maintain traditional family ties. The film also incldues footage of the mural when it was first re-discovered, but before conservation and the move.
To purchase a copy for of the Little Jerusalem DVD through Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, please call (802) 864-0218 or send an e-mail to Tari Santor.
DVD’s cost $14.95 plus $2 for shipping and handling, with all proceeds supporting the mural restoration project.