Dir. Diana Groó | Prod. George Weisz | Hungary 2013 | English, Hungarian with English subs | 63 mins

“Beautifully realized documentary by Diana Groó, that brings Regina Jonas, her life and times to vibrant life onscreen, revealing the intelligence, empathy, strength and determination” Midnight East


Diana Groó’s poetic documentary tells the story of Regina Jonas (1902-1944), a woman who made history by becoming the first properly ordained woman rabbi in the world.

The daughter of an Orthodox Jewish peddler, Jonas was ordained in 1935. During the Nazi era and the war, her sermons and her unparalleled dedication brought encouragement to the persecuted German Jews. Regina Jonas was murdered in Auschwitz in 1944.

The only surviving photo of Jonas serves as a leitmotif for the film, showing a determined young woman gazing at the camera with self-confidence.

Melody of the Street

Dir. Diana Groó | Hungary 1999 | No dialogue | 11 mins

Budapest, 1999. Passing through the streets in the old Jewish quarter, listening to Mahler’s symphony, the memories of the past and the present come together.

Followed by discussion on female Rabbis today – with film director Diana Groó, Rabbi Julia Neuberger DBE and Zahavit Shalev, assistant to Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg.

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