The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama
Simon Schama brings to life Jewish history and experience in a new five-part documentary series, “The Story of the Jews.” Schama – who has written and presented 50 documentaries on art, literature and history, and is a contributing editor of the "Financial Times" – traveled from Russia and the Ukraine to Egypt, Israel and Spain, to explore the imprint Jewish culture has made on the world and the drama of suffering, resilience and rebirth that has gone with it.
Whether he’s amid the stones of 11th century Judea, the exuberantly decorated cemeteries of Ukrainian hasidic rabbis, the parlors of Moses Mendelssohn’s Berlin or the streets of immigrant New York, Schama brings together memory and actuality, past and present, sorrows and celebrations, vindications and challenges and makes felt the beating pulse of an epic of endurance that has been like no other – a story that belongs to everyone.
Celebrating Jewish Life in Indianapolis
WFYI is proud to support The Story of the Jews with additional programming and content throughout the months of March and April. From "No Limits" and "The Art of the Matter" to specially produced videos featuring local Jewish leaders, WFYI celebrates the contributions and vitality of Jewish life in Indianapolis.
Community members of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome to explore the various events WFYI and its partners in the Jewish community have created this spring. Learn about the importance of children’s literature with author Eric Kimmel, join in a community conversation about "The Story of the Jews," and much more.
Additionally, as part of the Story of the Jews National Education and Outreach Initiative, WFYI encourages high school students across Indiana to participate in an essay contest examining how stories shape our identities.