Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler Proclaims JewishCinemaMississippi Film Festival Week!

Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins ButlerWe’re honored to learn that Madison, MS Mayor, Mary Hawkins Butler has proclaimed the week starting on January 23, 2013  (12 Shevat, 5773) to be JewishCinemaMississippi Film Festival Week.

Proclamation – City of Madisonmadison-ms-seal
Whereas JewishCinemaMississippi, a partnership between Beth Israel Congregation (Jackson, MS) and the Jewish Culture Organization at Millsaps College (Jackson, MS), is celebrating its eleventh season of bringing thoughtful and award-winning independent Jewish- and Israeli-themed films, speakers, performers and visitors to our community; andWhereas, JewishCinemaMississippi continues to advance its original goal of utilizing the powerful medium of film to educate the public, enhance Jewish life, strengthen ethnic pride, promote multi-cultural and multi-ethnic dialogue, celebrate diversity and encourage and promote tolerance and understanding; and

Whereas JewishCinemaMississippi moved its festival to Madison, MS in 2012 to take advantage of a vibrant community that supports the arts and the superior facilities and film festival expertise at the Malco Grandview Cinema (Madison, MS); and

Whereas, JewishCinemaMississippi is celebrating its 2013 program at the Malco Grandview Theater from January 23 to January 27, 2013 (corresponding on the Hebrew calendar to 12 Shevat to 16 Shevat, 5773); and

Whereas, JewishCinemaMississippi has helped introduce visitors to our community, its hotels, restaurants, businesses and people; and

Whereas, JewishCinemaMississippi is devoting part of its 2013 festival to showcase the rich musical tradition of Klezmer, an art form dating back to 15th century Eastern and Central European Jewry which was almost lost when most Klezmer performers were murdered during the Holocaust; and

Whereas, JewishCinemaMississippi is showing a remarkable love story that blossomed amidst the terror of a German concentration camp on the last day of the festival, January 27, 2013 (16 Shevat, 5773), the day each year designated by the United Nations as International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. The festival will use this day to honor the memory of millions of Jews and gentiles who were massacred during the Holocaust by reasserting its commitment to human rights and religious and ethnic tolerance and appealing to our leaders to develop Holocaust history education programs to help prevent future acts of genocide; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mary Hawkins Butler, Mayor of Hometown, MS (also known as Madison, MS), on behalf of the Board of Aldermen, honor the festival organizers, volunteers, sponsors and underwriters that contribute to the success of JewishCinemaMississippi and proclaim the one week period starting on January 23, 2013 (12 Shevat, 5773), to be JewishCinemaMississippi Film Festival Week. The City of Madison, MS, calls upon its citizens to enjoy this exciting annual opportunity to view extraordinary Jewish- and Israeli-themed independent films from around the world and to welcome the artists and guests who will be visiting our community.

PROCLAIMED this 23th day of January, 2013.

JewishCinemaMississippi is overjoyed to have received this honorable proclamation and we look forward to continuing our relationship with Madison, MS and the rest of the greater Jackson, MS metro area during this year’s festival and well into the future.

Thank You Mayor!

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