A Pre-Passover Prezi Premiere – Jews in Film!

In my role as head of Galinsky Academy, I had an opportunity to teach an evening of our MAKOM Hebrew High a few weeks back.  I was given free range on topic and format and so I decided to use my 90 minutes to learn a new skill to teach about a personal passion.

The new skill was to learn how to use Prezi.  As it says on their home page,

Prezi is a presentation tool that helps you organize and share your ideas.

It is somewhat like PowerPoint, but has added features and components.  I’ve watched other teachers use it, but never learned how.  So subbing for MAKOM gave me a great opportunity to try to figure it out.  I have a lot more to learn, but I LOVED it!

My personal passion?  Movies.  I love movies.  And although I haven’t had as much occasion to watch them like I did before having children, I do love them so.  I have an eclectic taste and a particular sense of humor…which you will see below.

So, I took my passion for film and my experiment with Prezi and created a Prezi entitled “Jews in Film” – a totally biased survey of great Jewish films from 1927 to 2007.  It is completely arbitrary based on my own tastes.  Almost all the clips are PG and below…and the ones that are not have been edited.  It should be safe watching for high school and up.

Most of the embedded videos are from YouTube and, therefore, don’t always play as intended.  I watched it last this afternoon, so hopefully all the links are still intact.


Every now and again I think it is healthy to be a little more revealing and a little less pedantic.  I have plenty of opportunity to share deep thoughts about important issues of the day…sometimes I just want to play!  Especially on the Friday before Passover Break!

See you at the movies!

Author: Jon Mitzmacher

Dr. Jon Mitzmacher is the Head of the Ottawa Jewish Community School. Jon has recently begun his rabbinical school journey at the Academy for Jewish Religion and is thrilled to have joined the faculty of the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI) as a mentor for Cohort 12. He was most recently the VP of Innovation for Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools.  He is the former Executive Director of the Schechter Day School Network.  He is also the former head of the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, a K-8 Solomon Schechter, located in Jacksonville, FL, and part of the Jacksonville Jewish Center.  He was the founding head of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Las Vegas.  Jon has worked in all aspects of Jewish Education from camping to congregations and everything in between.

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