Judy Levis Krug Boca Raton Virtual Jewish Film Festival

The Book of Curses Free Q & A Recorded with Rabbi Dr. Leon Weissberg and Producer Michael Kagan

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Michael Kagan is the son of Jack Kagan one of the 220 Jews who managed to escape via a 200 meter long tunnel from the Novogrudok work camp and make it to the forests of Belarus to join the Bielski Partisans. Michael co-produced the documentary film Tunnel of Hope (2014) about the escape that is thought to be one of the greatest escape of Jews in the Shoah. The Book of Curses (2019) is his second film as co-producer and is based on a recently discovered diary written from the same ghetto as an eye-witness account of the destruction of a thousand year-old Jewish community. Michael has also written a play about the escape (Dirt) and another about the diary (The Search for Benjamin Berkovich), is the author of the Holistic Haggadah (Urim 2004), a poet and artist, and is a high-tech entrepreneur living in Jerusalem.  

Rabbi Dr. Leon Weissberg is a graduate of the City College of New York, holding several advanced degrees including a Doctorate, three Masters Degrees and Rabbinical ordination.  

Dr. Weissberg has been a foremost leader in Holocaust education having taught courses at Lynn University and Broward College in Holocaust & Genocidal studies and was awarded Adjunct Teacher of the Year. His educational career has spanned a number of institutions providing them with incredible growth and development over four decades in South Florida. Among his accomplishments, he has been the Head of School of the Donna Klein Jewish Academy. Dr. Weissberg was instrumental in bringing significant adult education to South Florida by introducing the Florence Melton Adult Mini-school to Florida.

Rabbi Dr. Weissberg has been the US Southern Region (PBC) Director & the Miami-Dade Director of the March of the Living having led over 2500 teens to Poland & Israel over 32 years initiating unique components to this exceptional teen experience of engaging non-Jewish teens and college students. As a child of survivors, a consultant to the Polish Dept. of Education on Holocaust studies, and a participant at Yad Vashem’s summer institute, he offers a plethora of insight and teachings.