Congregation Beth Shalom of Napa Valley presents "The Return," a documentary film about the Jews of Poland on Monday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.
Before World War II, Poland, with 3.5 million Jews, was an epicenter of the Jewish world. Today, around 20,000 Jews live there. Due to the shadow of the Holocaust and oppression during the Soviet era, Poland's remaining Jews hid their identity from their children. When Communism fell in the 1980s, a buried ancestry was revealed to today's 20-somethings.
But how do you build your identity when your past has been stripped away? What do you do when you're part of a rich but virtually erased history? Where do you turn for community when one barely exists?
"The Return" focuses on four women who, with no access to their heritage, are figuring out how to be Jewish in Poland today.
Adam Zucker, the film's director, producer and editor, will lead a discussion after the screening of the film.
Admission is free. Congregation Beth Shalom is at 1455 Elm St., Napa.