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JFSA LGBT group will sponsor evening at film festival

A scene from 'Out in the Dark'
A scene from ‘Out in the Dark’

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s LGBT Jewish Inclusion Project is sponsoring a film, “Out in the Dark,” at the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival on Jan. 23.

What begins as a tender romance between a privileged Israeli lawyer and a Palestinian student becomes an edge-of your-seat thriller, says Ellen Freeman, LGBT coordinator.

The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a wine and falafel bar reception before the screening at 7:30 p.m.

There will be a raffle with a variety of prizes, including jewelry, gift certificates, artwork and the chance to spend an hour with your favorite local rabbi or cantor.

Participating clergy are offering novel ways to spend the time: Rabbi Ben Herman of Congregation Anshei Israel, a one-hour hike; Rabbi Robert Eisen of Congregation Anshei, one hour of hamantaschen making for Purim or one hour of chocolate cheesecake making for Shavuot; Cantor Avi Alpert of Congregation Bet Shalom, a one-hour trombone lesson or a seat at his regularly scheduled “Lunch and Learn” at the 5th St. Deli; Rabbi Stephanie Aaron of Congregation Chaverim, one hour of spiritual conversation or one hour of meditative chanting; Rabbi Helen Cohn of Congregation M’Kor Hayim, one hour of spiritual conversation or one hour of meditation instruction; Rabbi Thomas Louchheim of Congregation Or Chadash, one hour of pecan or fruit pie baking instruction; Rabbi Samuel Cohon of Temple Emanu-El, a one-hour bike ride or one hour discussion of your favorite Torah portion; and Rabbi Batsheva Appel of Temple Emanu-El, one hour of knitting instruction.

Event tickets start at $36. Contact Freeman at 577-9393 or visit Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and can be purchased in advance or at the event. You do not need to be present to win.