IMPACT: Jewish Oral History Project Showing July 14

Following the successful premiere of IMPACT: The San Antonio Jewish Oral History Project in April, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is offering another opportunity to see the ground-breaking documentary on Sunday, July 14 at 2 p.m. at the Regal Quarry Market Theater. The film chronicles the important role Jews have played in the development of San Antonio and many of its key initiatives.

Jewish leaders were instrumental in not only founding a wide variety of businesses, but also in bringing about key events and organizations  that have shaped San Antonio, including desegregation during the Civil Rights movement, the founding of the San Antonio Medical Center, leadership at HemisFair, the creation of the San Antonio Area Foundation and the expansion of the San Antonio Food Bank, among many others. Their inspiring stories, and many more, are told in IMPACT: The San Antonio Jewish Oral History Project.

“We have been so gratified by the wonderful community response to the film and wanted to build on that excitement with a second showing,” said IMPACT co-chair Susan Butler.

“Rather than making this another fundraiser, we decided to make the admission cost $18, which will cover the theater rental,” Butler continued.  “Whether you’ve lived here all your life or only been in San Antonio a few years, you will be amazed at the stories we uncovered for the film.”

“Jews began coming to San Antonio in the 1850s, immigrating from Eastern Europe and other places with little more than the clothes on their backs,” said project co-chair Rhonda Grimm.  “What they and the generations that followed were able to achieve is remarkable. Jews only represent a very small percentage of the population but have had an outsized impact on San Antonio.”

Founding sponsors for the project are: San Antonio Jewish Senior Services, Jewish Federation of San Antonio, Institute of Texan Culture, Texas Jewish Historical Society, San Antonio Area Foundation, Barshop Jewish Community Center, Judge Bonnie Reed and Stu Schlosberg, Janet and Paul Neuenschwander and Senator José Menéndez.

For more information about IMPACT: The Jewish Oral History Project and to purchase tickets for the July 14 showing, go to the NCJW website at www.ncjwsa.org/impact.

The San Antonio Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (www.ncjwsa.org) has been improving the lives of women, children and families for more than a century through its commitment to taking progressive ideals and putting them into action.