|Hadassah Southern California Shows "Shanghai Ghetto" Movie Night|
Inspired by a showing of the movie at her synagogue, Tikvah Chapter President Helayne Levy suggested Hadassah Southern California hold a movie night to play "Shanghai Ghetto," a 2002 movie highlighting the flight of 20,000 Jews to Shanghai after World War II.
Another member, Giselle Dunst, suggested
they get a speaker who is a refugee from the ghetto since her Jewish neighbor is from
She contacted her neighbor who told Giselle that she did not live in the Ghetto
since she was born in Shanghai, and referred Giselle to Austrian-born renowned speaker and Life Member Trixie Wachsner.
Trixie immigrated to Shanghai during WWII and was forced to move as a stateless refugee to the Hongkew Ghetto. She donated her time to speak.
Marge Chirchick got the idea to partner with Gina Raphael, whose Chinese daughter, Sydney, was soon to have her Bat Mitzvah. Gina thought this would be a perfect opportunity to enhance her daughter's cultural identity. The idea emerged between them to make this screening her daughter's bat mitzvah project, and Sydney raised over $1,000!