Closter shuls host film screening

Closter shuls host film screening

Temple Beth El of Northern Valley of Closter will show the film “I Shall Not Be Silent” on Thursday, April 7, at 10 a.m. Temple Emanu-El, also of Closter, will screen the film at 7:30 p.m.

Joachim Prinz was a young rabbi in 1930s Berlin, as the Hitler regime was rising to power and stripping Jews of their civil rights. Rabbi Prinz urged Jews to leave Germany. Although the Nazis monitored his sermons and repeatedly arrested him, Rabbi Prinz continued to preach and did not modify his message. Expelled from Germany in 1937, Rabbi Prinz arrived in the United States and was horrified to witness racism against African Americans. He became a leader of the civil rights movement and spoke at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963, which marked its 50th anniversary this year. He also was the rabbi at Temple B’nai Abraham in Newark — which later moved to Livingston — for 38 years.

Light refreshments will be served at both synagogues, and Beth El will sell lunch at 11:30. For program information or reservations at Beth El, call (201) 768-5112 or go to For program information at Temple Emanu-El, call (201) 750-9997 or go to