Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Knockout Event!

As we mentioned in our previous post last month, on the morning of Sunday, February 10th, we hosting a special adult education Bagels and Boxing event, featuring a screening of the documentary Impact: Jewish Boxers in America, followed by a Q&A session and discussion with the filmmaker, James Ford Nussbaum. Here are some photos from the event:

 Rabbi Schwartz brought his Confirmation class to the screening, and brought them into the discussion in an engaging and thought-provoking way.

 Filmmaker James Ford Nussbaum explains how the documentary was made, as well as his motivation for making it, and fields questions form the audience.

Congregant Linda Kowalski shared the fact that her uncle was a winner of the Golden Gloves amateur boxing competition, and brought in a photograph and the actual Golden Gloves Award he was presented with:

And here we see Linda (in green) speaking with James Ford Nussbaum after the presentation, while lovely discussion continues all around:

It was truly a knockout of an event, a conclusion that no one would dare fight about!


  1. My uncle Aaron Seltzer’s memorabilia have been archived at the Brooklyn College Library/Kaplan Boxing Collection.

    (From the Miami Herald, 2008)
    A Brooklyn College professor has started a campaign to preserve and display the boxing mementos of late Kendall (Florida) resident Hank Kaplan.

    .......Kaplan was considered boxing's preeminent historian. The two-car garage in his Kendall home became a library to thousands of boxing archives. Boxing writers, authors, researchers, filmmakers or anyone with an affinity for the sport marveled at Kaplan's collection of books, newspaper and magazine clippings and other boxing memorabilia after a visit.

    In his will, Kaplan donated the library's archives to Brooklyn College. Kaplan was born in Brooklyn before settling in South Florida in the early 1950s.

    An estimated 2,000 boxes of items were removed from Kaplan's home and transferred to Brooklyn College in February (2008). According to Professor Anthony Cucchiara, an independent appraisal done after the items were transferred to Brooklyn lists the library's value at $2.94 million, ''And that appraisal might be a conservative one,'' Cucchiara said. ``This is a national resource.''

    Notice of Kaplan's archives has resulted in the additional donation of items.

    ''People, whose fathers or uncles were in boxing, had items they didn't know what to do with,'' Cucchiara said. ``Now those items will be part of the library.''

    Brooklyn College Library/Kaplan Boxing Collection
    Anthony Cucchiara, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210.

  2. Loved sharing with all of you....Thanks for having me....James Ford Nussbaum...Great time....