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Film and Discussion "Portrait of Harry"

Film Screening of Renowned Artist and Holocaust Survivor Harry Somers

We're proud to partner with the Jewish Family Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia and Lise Marlowe, a teacher at Elkins Park School, to present a film screening about world-renowned artist and Holocaust Survivor Harry Somers. There will be a screening of the film, as well as children from Ms. Marlowe’s 6th-grade class last year who will read poems that they wrote about Harry Somer’s paintings. The Director of the film will be joining us for a Skype Q&A session. There will also be books for sale.

The story of the late Harry Somers is no ordinary one: He escaped the horrors of Nazi Germany as a teenager, making a new life for himself that included creating remarkable works of art and becoming a renowned impressionist artist. Now, his story — and his words of wisdom — have become the subject of an engrossing and heartfelt documentary, “Portrait of Harry," directed by Cinematographer, Erik Angra.
This event is open to the public.


  • Thursday, May 31st, 2018
  • 6:30 pm - Registration and light refreshments
  • 7:00 pm - Film screening and Skype Q&A with director Erik Angra
  • Post Q&A - Local author and educator, Lise Marlowe, will also speak about her book, "Bringing Beauty Into the World," accompanied by students of the Elkins Park School, who contributed poems inspired by Harry Somers' paintings.


  • The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS, 345 Montgomery Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004


  • Registration is $18 per person or $20 at the door.