REVIEWS

We are so fortunate to have Marvell Ginsburg’s book, The Tattooed Torah, as well as the actual Torah that the book is based on, at Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago. For over 30 years this book has been a tremendous tool for helping us teach our young students important lessons about the Holocaust. Having an engaging, animated short film based on the book and its vital message is sure to extend its reach, and bring a new level of Holocaust education for children all around the world.

Lena Kushnir, Ed.D.

Head of School

Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago

 

The story of this extraordinary Torah’s survival through the Holocaust has a powerful new branch in the animated The Tattooed Torah, especially for students and young learners who need knowledge and inspiration as they take on the responsibilities of the future.

Stephen D. Smith
Finci-Viterbi Executive Director Chair, USC Shoah Foundation
UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education


 

The Tattooed Torah presents a moving, important and educational Holocaust story with magnificent visuals that will immediately draw in youth, adult and family audiences.

Susan Abrams

Chief Executive Officer

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

 

This film is artistically beautiful and carries a strong message of determination and hope. I think it’s very moving and a valuable & powerful learning tool for children.

Michele M. Gold

Board Chair

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

 

 

I am honored to be a part of the passionate and dedicated team that created this three-generational endeavor, initiated by Marvell’s daughter, Beth Kopin, who first had the dream to transform her mother’s renown children's book into a film, and her son Brett, the co-screenwriter of the screenplay, who is currently a rabbinical student in Los Angeles. Now, more than ever, it is essential that we share the stories and lessons of our history with the younger generations, so that horrific events such as the Holocaust are never forgotten and never repeated.

Ed Asner

Actor, Narrator of The Tattooed Torah

 

 

A moving book that I read to my children when they were very young has now taken on a magnificent new life in this elegantly simple but profoundly moving animated film about a tattooed Torah, the love that a young boy had for that Torah, and the values of tradition and holiness embodied in it. Hauntingly beautiful, charmingly innocent, poignant, powerful and deep.

Michael Berenbaum

Professor of Jewish Studies

Director, Sigi Ziering Institute 

American Jewish University

Los Angeles, California
 

We are honored to participate in such a transformative project that can educate young children about the Holocaust in an authentic and engaging manner through this beautifully animated film.

Fernando Allende

Actor, Narrator 

Adán Allende

Actor, Voice of the young boy 

The Spanish version of the film: La Pequeña Torá Tatuada 

The story of the Tattooed Torah is a profound story of love, bonds across generations, tradition, resilience and above all – a story of hope. It shows how the scars and atrocities of the past can indeed lead to a better informed and stronger future. We shall be working with the film in our Prague Jewish school together with the Jewish community in Brno, where the Torah is originally from. 

Tereza Gafna Váňová

Deputy Director

Lauder School of Prague

Jews were living in the Czech lands for more than 1,000 years. This ended during the Shoah. The Tattooed Torah teaches young children the lessons of the Shoah, through the story of a small Torah from Czechoslovakia. These lessons are so important, especially in these challenging times, of growing Hatred, Racism and Antisemitism around the world. King Solomon said about the Torah: ‘She is a tree of life to those who lay hold on her, and happy are those who hold her fast' (Proverbs, 3:18). Mazal Tov on producing this important movie.

Daniel Meron 

Ambassador of Israel to the Czech Republic

Director Marc Bennett is to be commended for undertaking the gutsy challenge of transforming Marvel Ginsburg’s three decade longstanding beloved children’s book,The Tattooed Torah, into one of the most engaging and commanding animated Holocaust films, impeccably designed, to keep inspiring younger generations to remember this stunning story of hope, courage and responsibility.

Rositta E. Kenigsberg

President

Holocaust Documentation & Education Center

Dania Beach, Florida

There are more than 1600 Torah scrolls that survived Europe and are rooted in congregations and communities around the world. Each Torah has a unique and powerful story. This amazing film helps each one of them blossom in prominence and stature by bringing to life the common threads of each tattooed Torah. You have literally made them become the trees of life they are called. Thank you for making this incredible film. 

Rabbi Steven Lowenstein

Temple Am Shalom

Glencoe, IL


 

The Tattooed Torah is a gorgeous and deeply affecting story. Aspen Film was proud to present the film as part of our 2020 Oscar®-qualifying Shortsfest in April. Director Marc Bennett does an incredible job with the material, which is infused with such beautiful and touching moments. The visuals convey so much, and the moving score only adds to the delicate nature of this heart-breaking yet ultimately heart-warming story.

Susan Wrubel 

Executive + Artistic Director 

Aspen Film

 

 

A beautiful educational film about a Torah and how it survived the Shoah. We are proud that this Torah, #32804 (MST181), which is one of the 1564 we care for, continues to be used in such a meaningful way.

Jeffrey Ohrenstein

Trustee (Chairman)

Memorial Scrolls Trust

London, England

 

 

Marvell (the author of the book) was so ahead of her time, both as an educator of Jewish history and a narrator of a story so timely and as important today as it has ever been.

Susan L. Karkomi 

Vice President, Board of Directors

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

 

 

Kol Hakavod on this project. The film is exceptionally high quality educational material. It was so exciting to learn about the possibilities for such extensive distribution.

Rabbi David Soloff

Director Emeritus

Camp Ramah 

 

 

We all appreciated the opportunity to view the film. I feel it fills a unique niche with it’s ability to reach young people and begin the process of connecting them with this difficult subject matter. It was so well done, with the drawings, music and message. 

Jill Weinberg

Midwest Regional Director  

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

 

 

The Tattooed Torah engages young and old alike, sensitively educating about the Holocaust and conveying the source of Jewish survival - our cherished Torah, and the Jewish people’s dedication to it, throughout the ages.

Rabbi Raphael Shore

Founder, Chairman

OpenDor Media (Formerly Jerusalem U)

 

 

You are getting excellent reviews from everyone in my family, and particularly the ones with young kids ages 4, 8 and 11.

Ethan Budin 

Former President 

Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago 

 

 

The Tattooed Torah film makes the horrific experiences of the Holocaust emotionally accessible for children. Its beautiful images open understanding to the loss other children faced in that black time in history, but does it without giving them nightmares. Most importantly it honors the survivors who kept their promise to the past and maintained their hope for the future. The Little Torah inspires all of us, young and old, to remember, to never give up hope, and to pass our heritage on to our children and theirs. I am forwarding this to our Middle School and High School staff.

Peggy Shapiro

Midwest Executive Director

StandWithUs 

Supporting Israel and Fighting Anti-Semitism Around the World.

A beloved children’s book has become a beautiful, animated film lovingly directed by Marc Bennett and perfectly narrated by Ed Asner. This touching story of a Torah that survives the Holocaust is a must see for children and adults alike.

Jonathan Ornstein 

Executive Director

Jewish Community Centre of Krakow

The Tattooed Torah is a heart-warming story of survival despite all odds. It is a message of hope, faith, endurance and the eternity of the Jewish people. It speaks to young and old alike and is a reminder to never give up.

Rabbi Mendel Mintz
Chabad of Aspen JCC
 

So beautifully done! As a parent I loved how it was educational and created conversation and questions from our children (ages 8 & 12) about the Holocaust, scribes, torah and more. Thank you.

Suzanne Horwich 

Omaha, Nebraska

 

 

We watched the movie last night as a family and all had tears in our eyes. There are really no words to describe the ways you've brought the story to life with this film. Thanks for continuing to share the story of the Little Torah with everyone!

Benjy Forester 

Rabbinical Student 

Jewish Theological Seminary of America

New York City

 

 

I showed the movie to six of my grandchildren 6 to 17, during our daily family zoom meeting. All were captivated and said that they learned a lot. I got a whole explanation (a very excited one) from Yotam (6 years old) on the movie. Then he asked if we could watch it again together, which we did. Left a huge impression with him. He also asked about a Hebrew version. We all appreciate your endeavor.

Aharon Ron Garr

Jerusalem, Israel

 

 

I loved it! The illustration work is phenomenal.

Amy Saxon 

Winnetka, Illinois

 

 

Wow! It is just wonderful. We waited to watch it today on Yom Hashoah. It truly moved us.

Julie Sherman 

Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

 

Thank you so much for sharing this very special movie. I bought the book when I lived in Kansas City. It was balanced perfectly with the inspirational story and age appropriate background. 

Cheryl Stiebel

Jerusalem, Israel

 

 

The movie was beautifully done. Kol Hakavod. Please let me know how religious schools may use it. I teach at North Shore Congregation Israel here in Chicago and they may want to use it at some point.  

Jody Schmidt

Deerfield, Illinois

 

 

I watched the film… absolutely beautiful and compelling. Thank you!

Rabbi Mark Cooper

New York City

 

 

Power of a great idea! The project has been blessed. I am so happy that I could be a witness to the coming of life journey of this book to film. Can’t wait to see the all the good that comes from it. 

David Coleman

Senior Producer

OpenDor Media (Formerly Jerusalem U)

 

 

Thank you. In memory of our Starkman Kluska Frankenburg Pachter Altman cousins who were brutally murdered during the Holocaust.      

Sandy Starkman 

Highland Park, Illinois

 

 

I just watched this beautiful film. Thank you for sharing it with me and the world. What a beautiful way to spread Holocaust education to children and honor the book and story. 

Elisheva Bellin

Jerusalem, Israel

 

 

What a moving piece - I can’t thank you enough for sharing this with me; I purposely waited until Erev Yom Ha’Shoah to watch it. This movie is an inspiration and a gift.

Amy Skopp Cooper

National Associate Director 

National Ramah Commission

 

Thank you!  I shared the film with our children so they can watch with our grandchildren.

Linda Hoffenberg

Skokie, Illinois

 

 

I have spent a deep time of reflection, thinking, and praying after I watched the film. I am very grateful. Don’t have any more words today…. just THANKS.

Eva Mikulecká

Minister

Michle Church, Prague, Czech Republic 

*Where the Torahs were warehoused after the war.

 

 

Congratulations, it came out beautifully. I have sent it on to my children and grandchildren to watch.

Murray Goldberg 

Boca Raton, Florida

 

My parents showed all the grandchildren the video on Yom Hashoah and they really connected to it - all ages. It was very powerful and allowed the kids to relate to it in a very special way.

Yossi Garr

Director, Nativ 

Fuchsberg Center for Conservative Judaism 

Jerusalem, Israel

 

 

First of all allow me to congratulate you and your team on making such an incredible movie introducing the Holocaust issue to children in a really very sensitive manner! The movie really has a very high potential of a successful introduction of the Holocaust theme to the children, including children in the Czech schools. It could be very meaningful learning material and I am sure it deserves elaborating the educational aspect and enrich it with some teaching materials, worksheets, etc. I would like to draw your attention to activities the Czech Republic is regularly doing within the framework of the fight against antisemitism and raising awareness about Holocaust. It is the program of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic supporting the seminars for the teachers who participate every year in seminars organized by Yad Vashem. I wish you good luck with the movie promotion and I would be more than pleased to help you to connect you with the right people in order to contribute a little bit to this highly important project. 

PhDr. Veronika Sidó, MBA 

Press, Culture and Education Attaché 

Embassy of the Czech Republic, Tel Aviv, Israel

 

 

This is a wonderful movie that is so touching and well put together. I hope that this incredible story will reach many people. I am looking forward to screenings in Poland. I’m sending the link to one of the most famous festivals in Poland - Warsaw Jewish Film Festival. 

Paulina Fiejdasz 

Film Director

Krakow, Poland

We loved it! Very moving indeed. Well put together, long enough that we got into the story but short and simple enough that it was accessible. Can see how it could be enjoyed by all ages. 

Nick Kling

London, England

The Tattooed Torah presents difficult content in a most accessible way through the use of the engaging animation, narration and story line. It is the perfect length to serve as an introduction to the Holocaust for younger children and as a stepping stone to more research for older children. Highly recommended!

Ilana Locker

Director of Library Services

Walworth Barbour American International School in Israel

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