Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., left, and others with Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath, and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel promoting civil, voting rights.

SCHENECTADY– The Schenectady Jewish Community Center (SJCC) will showcase the film, “Shared Legacies,” directed by Shari Rogers, tying into the Center’s October theme of “diversity” as part of its fall film festival. The film, which is 97 minutes long, will be shown in English and will be available to watch “virtually,” via a Zoom link, from Friday, Oct. 15 to Sunday, Oct. 17.

Shared Legacies(2020) is an American film which documents the long-standing relationship between African Americans and Jewish-Americans. The film features a collection of archival footage and interviews with eyewitnesses, activists, Holocaust survivors, and leaders of the civil rights movement including members of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s family, Harry Belafonte and John Lewis.

A live Zoom discussion with Rabbi Matt Cutler of Congregation Gates of Heaven in Schenectady on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. will feature a discussion of how religious values are values to live by.

Cutler has advocated such beliefs by being one of the founders of the interfaith group Schenectady Clergy Against Hate, which is dedicated to crossing religious and political lines to foster healthy dialogue to build a stronger community. He also serves as one of the Schenectady County Chaplains. He is the current chairman of the ethics committee for the Town of Niskayuna and the former chairman of the county’s ethics committee.

November’s fall film festival offering from Nov. 19 to 21 will be “Born in Jerusalem and Still Alive,” and the discussion will be with College of Staten Island Hillel Executive Director Amy Posner.

Individual tickets may be purchased for $8 for Schenectady and Albany Center members and are $15 for non-members. Tickets are free for students for some films. Judy Ben-Ami at can provide details. Information and the fall film festival brochure may be obtained at  Judy Ben-Ami at