Please join Gishrei Shalom as we remember a Jewish baseball great through watching Aviva Kempner's film, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. Hank Greenberg, the Detroit Tigers Slugger who came close to breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record, was baseball’s first Jewish star.
Tall (6’4″), handsome, and uncommonly good-natured, Greenberg was a secular Jew from the Bronx who became “the baseball Moses,” an icon for everyone from Walter Matthau (“I joined the Beverly Hills Tennis club to eat lunch with him. I don’t play tennis”) to Alan Dershowitz (“I thought he’d become the first Jewish president”). Aviva Kempner’s loving tribute is chock full of wonderful archival footage from the ’30s and ’40s and interviews with a self-effacing Greenberg and many of his tiger teammates. (www.hankgreenbergfilm.org)
Sponsor: Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation