Temple Plays Role in Film About Restoring Polish Graves


By Jan Jaben-Eilon with the Atlanta Jewish Times


More than 100 people flocked to The Temple Monday to view the Atlanta premiere of the documentary, “The Presence of Their Absence.”


More than 100 people flocked to The Temple Monday after a weekend of community commemorations for the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht to view the Atlanta premiere of the documentary, “The Presence of Their Absence.


As Rabbi Peter Berg noted in his opening remarks, The Temple had a feature role in this film, despite the fact that its main subject, Fred Zaidman, lives in Los Angeles. Another significant subject in the film is Atlantan Steven D. Reece, a Baptist minister who founded The Matzevah Foundation “to remember and honor the Jewish heritage of Poland by restoring Jewish cemeteries and reconciling Jews and Christians through participating in a common mitzvah, or righteous act,” according to the Foundation’s brochure.


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