With the upcoming Jewish holidays, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, MLPBS is airing the Jewish Film Showcase. Curated and presented as a mini film festival, by The National Center for Jewish Film, the showcase presents three award-winning films, each exploring a dynamic story rich in history, art, and culture.

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.

Sukkot is a major Jewish festival held in the autumn (beginning on the 15th day of Tishri) to commemorate the sheltering of the Israelites in the wilderness.


Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber

Airs Sunday, September 23rd at 2:30 p.m.

For seven decades foreign correspondent and photojournalist Ruth Gruber didn’t just report the news, she made it.

Born in 1911 to Russian Jewish immigrants, Ruth Gruber became the youngest Ph.D. in the world before becoming an international journalist at age 24.

A fearless trailblazer who defied tradition to become the eyes and conscience of the world, she was the first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic in 1935.

“I am experiencing that feeling of zest which goes with exploration. I am in the thick of an historic moment. I am in an era in the making…” – First lines of Ruth Gruber’s initial dispatch from the Soviet Arctic, 1935


Carvalho’s Journey

Airs Sunday, September 23rd at 4 p.m.

In 1853, traveling with John Fremont’s 5th Westward Expedition, Solomon Carvalho became one of the first photographers to document the sweeping vistas and treacherous terrain of the far American West.


My Dear Children

Airs Sunday, September 23rd at 5:30 p.m.

MY DEAR CHILDREN follows one woman’s quest to unravel a family mystery dating back to this time. In 1920, Feiga Shamis, a Russian Jewish mother of 12, sent two of her youngest children to an orphanage a continent away. For the rest of their lives, the two refused to talk about their past. The story behind their silence reveals a little-known piece of the Jewish experience, not just for Feiga’s descendants, but Jews the world over. The documentary captures the journey of Feiga’s granddaughter Judy Favish as she seeks to understand why her father, Feiga’s son Mannie, would never talk about his childhood.


Anne of Green Gables: Fire & Dew

Airs Sunday, September 23rd at 7:30 p.m.

Anne Shirley heads to school in the city, and Matthew and Marilla face emptiness. Will Anne, overwhelmed by competition — especially from Gilbert Blythe — find that the dark cloud over her life does have a silver lining?


93 Queen

Airs Sunday, September 23rd at 11 p.m. 

In a Hasidic enclave in Brooklyn, there are seemingly endless services tailored for the community—stores in Yiddish, school buses and even a dedicated EMS. Yet the corps is made up entirely of men, and one group of women wants to change that. On a mission to start the city’s first all-female volunteer EMS corps, these women are set on shattering the glass ceiling in the unlikeliest of communities.