The Levys Of Monticello
Monticello, a US National Historic Landmark and UNESCO World Heritage site, was the long time and cherished home of Thomas Jefferson, one of America’s Founding Fathers. When Jefferson died in 1826, he left behind a mountain of personal debt, which forced his heirs to sell his beloved Monticello home and all its possessions. The Levys of Monticello tells the astonishing and little-known story of the Levy family, who owned and carefully preserved Monticello for nearly a century – far longer than Jefferson or his descendants. Through the remarkable story of the Levy family, the film also tells a broader story about racism and anti-Semitism that runs throughout the course of American history, right up to the present day, while also addressing the pivotal role that enslaved people played at Monticello.
Monday, November 14th starting at 7:00 PM
Available for streaming for 48 hours from start time
Proudly co-sponsored by the
JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA
Jay Joffe Memorial Program
The Jay Joffe Memorial Program was launched by Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta (JHSSA) in 2009 to honour the memory of its long-serving founding president, Jay Joffe (1931-2006). This program is dedicated to promoting and featuring Jewish culture and history through activities such as lectures, exhibits, films or performances.
This year, the directors of JHSSA are pleased to continue their support of the Beth Tzedec Jewish Film Festival through the sponsorship of The Levys of Monticello. The film tells the little-known story of the Levy family, who owned and carefully preserved Thomas Jefferson’s family home for nearly a century. It beautifully reflects Jay Joffez’’l,s passion for bringing the love of Jewish history to the widest possible audience, underlining the importance of history and its preservation.
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