It’s Complicated!

Family relationships can be difficult even in the best of times and adoptions present an added complexity to the situation.

it'scomplicated!

Wars disrupt the daily lives of everyone involved and this was especially true during World War II in Central Europe where millions of civilians were targeted for extermination.

Holocaust survivors were left with deep psychic scars that affected them throughout their lives.

Aida’s Secrets directed by Alon and Shaul Schwarz (Israel/United States/Germany/Canada) 2016 unveils a fascinating trail of secrets and lies.

The main part of the story involves the search and meeting for a brother whose very existence was kept secret from an adoptee for over sixty years. But this is only the beginning of a broader investigation to piece together the details of a truly complicated mystery.

The film screens again at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 36 Friday 5 August 2016 at the Piedmont Theatre in Oakland.

For more information and tickets check the Jewish Film Institute.

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Fall Greek Festivals

The eating and dancing continues through summer into fall. The following list includes Greek festivals organized by churches around the US. I’ve only attended a few in the San Francisco Bay Area but imagine those in other parts of the country are similar and worth exploring. In many of the communities listed it’s a rare opportunity to get a taste of Greek food, music, and culture. And there are usually activities of interest to people of all ages.

10 – 12 August 2012 • Greek Town • Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON, CANADA

18 – 19 August 2012 • Saint George • 1111 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN

24 – 26 August 2012 • Resurrection • 20074 Center Street, Castro Valley, CA

24 – 25 August 2012 • Holy Trinity • 330 Lakeside Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI

24 – 26 August 2012 • Saint George • 2219 N. Orchard Street, Fresno, CA

25 – 26 August 2012 • Saints Constantine & Helen • 1224 Alabama Street, Vallejo, CA

31 August – 2 September 2012 • Sacramento Convention Center • Sacramento, CA

31 August – 3 September 2012 • Saint Barbara • 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT

1 – 2 September 2012 • Holy Cross • 900 Alameda, Belmont, CA

1 – 2 September 2012 • Saints Constantine & Helen • 43404 30th Street West, Lancaster, CA

1 – 3 September 2012 • Assumption • 5761 East Colorado Street, Long Beach, CA

6 – 9 September 2012 • Saint Demetrios • 721 Rahway Avenue, Union, NJ

7 – 9 September 2012 • Saint Sophia • 324 S. Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles,CA

8 – 9 September 2012 • Saints Constantine & Helen • 3459 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff By The Sea, CA

13 – 16 September 2012 • Holy Trinity • 10 Mill Road, New Rochelle, NY

14 – 16 September 2012 • Civic Center of Anderson • 3027 MLK Jr. Boulevard, Anderson, SC

14 – 16 September 2012 • Saint Demetrios • 1955 Kirker Pass Road, Concord, CA

14 – 16 September 2012 • Holy Trinity • 30 Huntington Boulevard NE, Roanoke, VA

15 – 16 September 2012 • Annunciation • 313 Tokay Avenue, Modesto, CA

20 – 23 September 2012 • Saint Nicholas • 697 Asheville Highway, Spartanburg, SC

21 – 23 September 2012 • Saint Barbara • 2300 Church Road, Toms River, NJ

21 – 23 September 2012 • Annunciation • 245 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA

22 – 23 September 2012 • Saint Katherine • 9165 Peets Street, Elk Grove, CA

28 – 30 September 2012 • Holy Trinity • 227 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville, NC

28 – 30 September 2012 • Archangel Michael • North Hempstead Beach Park, Port Washington, NY

5 – 7 October 2012 • Saint Elpis • 810 West Poythress Street, Southside, VA

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