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April 19, 2013

Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation hosts annual film festival

NORTH ANDOVER — "The Other Son" and "Hava Nagila (The Movie)" will be shown May 5 starting at 3:30 p.m., at Osgood Landing, 1580 Osgood St., as part of the annual Jewish Film Festival.

The Other Son tells the story of Joseph, a young man preparing to join the Israeli army, who finds out that he is not his parent’s biological son. He was inadvertently switched at birth with Yassin, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. This revelation turns the lives of these two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, their values and beliefs. “Can your son, the one you brought up, every stop being your son? Can the “other” be any less your son? Or, as Joseph asks, am I still Jewish?” The film is in Hebrew, French and Arabic, with English subtitles.

Hava Nagila is a documentary through the history, mystery and meaning of the Jewish standard from Eastern Europe to Palestine and the United States. The film features interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis and Glen Campbell.

The film festival is sponsored by Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation. Tickets are $18 can be purchased online at www.mvjf.org. Proceeds benefit Federation programs.

Lazarus House celebrates anniversary with Mass, reception

LAWRENCE — Lazarus House Ministries is celebrating its 30 anniversary with an interfaith worship service May 16 from 6-8:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Melkite Church, 241 Hampshire St., where the ministry started.

A reception follows at Central Catholic High School, 300 Hampshire St.

Lazarus House was established on March 14, 1983, as a a 5-bed emergency shelter on Holly Street by Brother Tom Petite, who volunteered with Mother Teresa of Calcutta in India. Mother Teresa suggested to Brother Petite to go back to his hometown and help the poorthere.

In the following years, the advocacy program opened the Good Shepherd Thrift Store, the first of three thrift stores opened; The Good Shepherd Soup Kitchen started serving breakfast and lunch; a free medical clinic was established with the help of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center. Lazarus House opened two homes, one for eight single individuals and a duplex for families as a ministry to help homeless people living with HIV/AIDS.

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