ALBANY–The Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York (JFNENY) will host a free, “virtual” screening of Resetting the Table’s (RTT) film “PURPLE,” followed by a post-screening discussion with Co-funder Resetting the Table, Executive Director Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m.


Promotional photo for the film “PURPLE.” JFNENY is hosting a “virtual’ screening on January 12.

“PURPLE” tells the story of everyday Americans with opposing viewpoints addressing their differences head-on and discovering some of the concerns and humanity that lie behind each other’s positions. According to organizers, the movie is designed to build greater empathy and recognition in the face of deepening U.S divides.

Weintraub, also the founding director of Encounter, awarded the Grinnell Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize, and a speaker and educator who has lectured and taught in hundreds of public forums on four continents.

JFNENY organizers said that it hopes that by inviting friends, family, neighbors, students, fellow congregants, and colleagues to watch the film together, it will help to disarm the destructiveness of the polarized country and heal the pain the polarization  has caused to so many people.

Participants may register to receive the free Zoom link to view the film at