Dinner and a Movie: The Jewish Merchants of Downtown Hendersonville

March 20, 2016 @ 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm

The vegetarian potluck begins at 6:15pm, the movie screens at 7:00pm.  Please bring a vegetarian dish to share.  Suggested donation $10.

The film showing for dinner and a movie on March 20, 2016 will feature a movie with a local connection. If you took a walk down Main Street in Hendersonville from the early 1900’s until the 1980’s, you would have seen many stores run by Jewish merchants. Today, only one remains. In this movie, Mike Beckerman and Sid Williams tell the story of how they came and went so their memories will be preserved for future generations. Interwoven with the history of the stores are the fascinating stories of the families who came to Western North Carolina and established a Jewish presence. This presentation will be a 53 minute video followed by a question and answer session with Mike Beckerman.

Mike came up with the idea for the film because he didn’t want the stories of these people lost. He did the research and wrote the narrative. Sid, a professional cinematographer, did the filming. The movie has been most recently shown at the Henderson County library, where there was a standing-room-only crowd.
The history of the Jewish merchants on Main Street in Hendersonville is similar to the stories of the Jewish merchants throughout Western North Carolina. In fact, the movie, will contain some family names which are very familiar to the CBI family.