Blog: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Thursday, May 9, 2019
Posted by: Rabbi Samantha Safran, Director, Bobbi & Vic Samuels Center for Jewish Living and Learning

Won't You Be My Neighbor?The J invites you to two free screenings of this important film.

A famous story in the Talmud teaches about a gentile who came before the great Shammai and said: “I will convert [to Judaism] if you can teach me the entire Torah while I stand on one foot.” Shammai pushed the man aside with a ruler that was in his hand. The man then came before the great Hillel [with the same proposition], and Hillel converted him, saying, “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor, that is the entire Torah, the rest is just commentary, now go and learn.”

According to our rabbinic sage, Hillel, the entire heritage and legacy of the Jewish people comes down to this one rule about treating your neighbor as you would want to be treated. This lesson, as basic as it may be, is of the utmost importance to practice in our world today, and the J is excited to provide two opportunities to do so through a recent and very important film.

In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, filmmaker Morgan Neville looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Mr. Rogers spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion.

Please join us at these upcoming events

Film Screening & Interfaith Dialogue
Sunday, May 19 | At Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston
3303 Main St., Houston 77002
1:00 PM | FREE | RSVP Here by May 12

Film Screening & Parenting Workshops
Sunday, June 9 | At the J
1:00 PM Film | 3:00 PM Parenting Workshops | FREE
Workshops will focus on kindness, how to talk to children about difficult issues and more. Details coming soon.

For more information about the Interfaith Screening & Dialogue, please contact Rabbi Samantha Safran at  or 713.595.8163.

For more information about the Screening & Parenting Workshops, please contact Rabbi Erin Mason at or 713.595.8167.

As Fred Rogers said, “You’ll have things you’ll want to talk about, I will too…” We hope you will engage in this important community-building work with us.


Category: Adults