Diana Groó is a feature and documentary director. She received her education in Budapest, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in French-Hebrew from the Faculty of Arts, ELTE, followed by a Master’s in TV and Film Directing, at the Department of Film and Television Directing at the Hungarian Film Academy in 2000.
FOLLOWED BY DISCUSSION ON FEMALE RABBIS TODAY, WITH DIRECTOR DIANA GROÓ, RABBI JULIA NEUBERGER DBE AND ZAHAVIT SHALEV, HOSTED BY RACHEL LASSERSON,
The reception before the screening is hosted by The Joir and Kato Weisz Foundation and the Balassi Institute.
Hungarian wines are provided by Malux Hungarian Food and Wine Company.
Attending this event
Rabbi Julia Neuberger DBE is Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue, and was the second woman rabbi in the UK, the first to have a congregation of her own worldwide. She is a cross bench peer and social commentator, writing and broadcasting on a variety of social and religious issues.
Zahavit Shalev is Rabbi’s Assistant at New North London Synagogue. She will start studying to become a rabbi in September 2014. Zahavit is married to David Boyd and is the mother of Rosa, Asher, and Elon.
Films screening at this event
- Diana Groó
- Rachel Weisz (voice of Regina Jonas)
- 63 min
The first woman rabbi in the world, Regina Jonas, comes to light, courtesy of Rachel Weisz – who plays her – and her father George Weisz, who was the executive producer for this poetic and beautiful documentary.
The daughter of an Orthodox Jewish peddler, Jonas was ordained in Berlin in 1935. During the Nazi era and the war, her sermons and her unparalleled devotion brought encouragement to the persecuted German Jews. Regina Jonas was murdered in Auschwitz in 1944.
The only surviving photo of Jonas serves as a leitmotif for the film, showing a determined young woman gazing at the camera with self-confidence.
An inspiring and unique film.
- Diana Groó
- 11 min
Budapest, 1999. Passing through the streets in the old Jewish quarter, listening to Mahler’s symphony, the memories of the past and the present come together.