Join us for a Special Screening of “Rafting to Bombay” (Snow Date)

When: Sunday, March 8 2015, 7:30 pm

Join us for a Special Screening of “Rafting to Bombay” (Snow Date) Image

Cosponsored by the South Asian Arts Council, the Vilna Shul is pleased to present a special free screening of this moving documentary that spans continents and generations. Please join us for an amazing story seen through the eyes of one family's journey and love for India.

We will enjoy Indian snacks, tea and coffee, hear from Indian Jewish cultural experts, and learn more about the events that took place in the documentary. Doors open at 6:30pm with appetizers downtstairs before the presentation begins upstairs. 

The original date of this program was February 22nd. If you have already registered, there is no need to do so again. For new registrants, please follow this link. RSVPs are sincerely appreciated.

About the Film: 

November 2008 - While filming his father revisiting his childhood city of Mumbai, India, Israeli director Erez Laufer finds himself caught in the worst terror attack in the history of the city. As the drama of the terrorist takeover of Chabad House in Mumbai unfolds, the Laufer family recounts how they found refuge there in the 1940s after fleeing the Nazis. Past and present collide as the family history is echoed in a contemporary war, and a little-known story emerges of the Jewish refugees who found a safe haven in Mumbai during World War II.

Rafting to Bombay is the story of how 5 year old Nahum and his mother escaped the Nazis in Poland, crossed Europe by train and sailed on a raft on the Tigris River until they reached the exotic and fascinating India of monkeys, elephants and Rajas. But Nahum's childhood experience, which is remembered as an enchanting fantasy, was in reality, a chilling story of a last minute escape.

20 years ago director Erez Laufer filmed his grandmother recounting her story, just before she passed away. Now, while stuck in the hotel in Mumbai, Nahum listens to his mother's testimonials. Then his childhood's friend Sam Marshall who escaped from the Taj hotel, at the last minute, brings the horrific news of the Chabad house.

It is a tale of three generations: grandmother, son & grandson telling one story - Rafting to Bombay. From a child's memory of a hopeful and romantic journey, to the mother's horrific reality, and finally to the cruel encounter of past and present time.71 minutes; English and Hebrew, with subtitles. Appropriate for mature children and adults. Children under 12 may be disturbed by some images in the film. 

Public Transit, Driving, and Walking Directions:

The closest T subway stop is Charles/MGH. Validated parking is also available for $5 per car is avaliable nearby. 

For detailed directions to the Shul, please click this link

Please be advised that drivers must validate your green ticket at the Vilna Shul for validated parking.

If you have any questions, email Jessica Antoline at or call (617) 523-2324.

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