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THE LEVYS OF MONTICELLO: 30th Annual Festival of Jewish Film

Di­rected by Steven Press­man · 2022 · United States · Eng­lish · 71 Min­utes

Includes a conversation with Associate Producer Lisa Stark, and Marc Leepson, author of Saving Monticello, moderated by Vice-Admiral Herman A. Shelanski, US Navy (ret.)

Tickets: $12 Limited seating, pre-purchase strongly suggested.

When President Thomas Jefferson died in 1826, he left behind a mountain of personal debt, forcing his heirs to auction off most of his possessions and sell off his iconic home, Monticello. In 1834, Monticello was purchased by Captain Uriah P. Levy, the first Jewish commodore to serve in the US Navy. A deep admirer of Jefferson’s scholarship and dedication to religious liberty, Levy and his family would go on to own Monticello for nearly a century – far longer than Jefferson and his descendants.

This remarkable documentary uncovers the incredible legacy of the Levy Family while confronting the racism and antisemitism that remain part of the narrative surrounding the national landmark.

Sponsored by KRS Law

Sponsored by Friends of the Jewish Chapel at the United States Naval Academy

Presented by Alma & Howard Laderberg


Feb 26 2023


2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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The Samuel C. Johnson Theater at Norfolk Academy
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