JTS Documentary Wins New York Emmy Award

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Office: (212) 678-8950
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April 5, 2007, New York, NY

"The Eternal Light: A Historical Retrospective," a sixty–minute documentary exploring The Jewish Theological Seminary’s landmark Eternal Light radio and television series, has won the 2007 New York Emmy® Award for Best Religious Programming.

The Eternal Light, which aired on the NBC radio and television networks from the mid 1940s to the mid 1980s, was produced by JTS in conjunction with Diva Communications. The documentary originally aired on ABC affiliated stations and is now being shown at film festivals across the nation. The program includes interviews with Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel and folksinger and activist Theodore Bikel. Marion Seldes, the Tony–award–winning actress, also appears in the documentary and narrates.

Additional highlights include excerpts of such seminal programs as "The Battle of the Warsaw Ghetto," which aired just months after the actual uprising, and the powerful interview between Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and NBC correspondent Carl Stern, just days before Heschel's death.

To purchase a copy of "The Eternal Light: A Historical Retrospective," please contact Josh Kail, JTS Department of Communications, at (212) 678–8950 or email.

Editors/Reporters: For review copies and further information, contact Sherry Kirschenbaum in the Department of Communications at (212) 678–8953 or email.

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