Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

"The Mystery of the Green Dumpster" documentary film

  • 16 Feb 2014
  • 12:30 PM
  • Temple Beth Israel, 3601 Dempster, Skokie
Program: Sunday, February 16, 2014
Program starts 2:00 p.m

"The Mystery of the Green Dumpster,"
an Israeli documentary, will be screened by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster St., Skokie.

The film starts with filmmaker Tal Haim Yoffe riding his motor scooter through Tel Aviv when he notices a photo sticking up from a pile of debris in a trash bin. He finds several photos and documents from one family (not related to him) that someone has thrown out. The film traces Yoffe’s year-long quest to learn everything about this family and their history, determine why the photos were thrown out, and to return them to someone in the family who should have them.

“It’s a typical family, and a tragic family,” says film director Yoffe. “Everything that could have happened to them, happened to them.”

"The Mystery of the Green Dumpster," produced in 2008, is 50 minutes long and is narrated in English, so no subtitles are included.     It won the Yad Vashem Award at the 2008 Jerusalem International Film Festival.  It has been shown at the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema and numerous other film festivals around the world.

In a review of the film published in Haaretz, the Israeli newspaper, Uri Klein wrote, “Gradually, as in a very good thriller, in which secrets are revealed with increasing dramatic and emotional force, the director sets the stage for an Israeli family saga. Yoffe succeeds in digressing from a personal story into a drama with symbolic power. This is a serious, complex and important work.”

The JGSI meeting facilities at Temple Beth Israel will open at 12:30 p.m. to accommodate members who want to use or borrow genealogy library materials, get help with genealogy websites on the Internet, or ask genealogical questions before the main program begins. For more information, visit or phone 312-666-0100.
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