‘The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama’ continues tonight at 8 p.m. on WCNY

The national PBS five-part series The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama features prize-winning author of 15 books and Emmy-award winner Simon Schama. Schama travels Russia and the Ukraine to Egypt, Israel and Spain, exploring the imprint that Jewish culture has made on the world and the drama of suffering, resilience and rebirth that has gone with it. The series is also a personal journey for Schama who has been immersed in Jewish history since his postwar childhood.

“If you were to remove from our collective history the contribution Jews have made to human culture, our world would be almost unrecognizable,” said Schama. “The history of the Jews is everyone’s history too and what I hope people will take away from the series is that sense of connection: a weave of cultural strands over the millennia, some brilliant, some dark, but resolving into a fabric of thrilling, sometimes tragic, often exalted creativity.”

Part II airs tonight at 8 p.m. on WCNY.

A special program on WCNY’s public affairs program Insight will feature exclusive footage from The Story of Central New York’s Jews event. It airs April 11, at 9 p.m. on WCNY.

The Story of Central New York’s Jews is sponsored by The Jewish Community Foundation of Central New York and the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center of Syracuse.


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