“They Ain’t Ready For Me” Documentary Trailer Screening and Talkback

Tamar Manasseh is a Jewish African American community activist that is fighting gun violence in the Chicago South Side, and the subject of Brad Rothschild’s latest documentary. Sass Darwish will facilitate a discussion that will touch upon this inspiring story, the rising concerns of gun violence in the U.S. and, the differences / similarities to Israeli gun violence.




About the speaker:

Tamar Manasseh is the founder and president of MASK, Mothers and Men Against Senseless Killings. She is a Chicago born and bred community activist and mother of two who is one of the leading national figures of the movement to reduce gun violence in America's cities. Tamar studied to be a Rabbi at The Israelite Academy, presented by The Israelite Board of Rabbis.

Director/Producer Brad Rothschild is an award winning producer and writer with both a creative and a business background. He received a Masters in International Affairs and a Masters in Business Administration, both from Columbia University. From 1995-1997, he served as the Speechwriter and Director of Communications for the Mission of Israel to the United Nations.

Brad produced the award-winning documentary feature, Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald. The film has screened in the Jerusalem Film Festival and in over 20 festivals in the United States and around the world. Brad directed the documentary film African Exodus, about the plight of Israel’s African refugees and the documentary film Tree Man, about the people who come to New York City to sell Christmas trees every holiday season. Tree Man won the Audience Award at the St. Lawrence International Film Festival. He is currently directing a documentary film about Raoul Wallenberg.

They Ain’t Ready For Me Synopsis:


As you are well aware, gun violence in Chicago has reached epidemic proportions; an average of about six people are shot per day. Yes, there is an ongoing national gun debate, but the killings continue. How do we shift gears? Tamar Manasseh, a Jewish, African American mother and rabbinical student, has found the answer. She fearlessly leads the fight against senseless killings on the south side of Chicago by working on a micro-level in her community, and she is effecting change for the entire Chicago community.  The NYTimes and PBS agree.


They Ain’t Ready For Me is the documentary film that Brad Rothschild is making that tells her remarkable story. In 2015, Tamar took matters into her own hands and did something simple yet revolutionary – she sat down on the corner and has shown up every day since. Others soon joined her and that led to the founding of Mothers and Men Against Senseless Killings (MASK). Tamar credits her Jewish faith as her motivation to create change in the world. With determination and strength of character, Tamar has led others to take back their community. In her four years on the block, there hasn’t been a single shooting there.


Tamar has brought safety and a sense of community to one of the most dangerous sections of Chicago’s south side. This film will shine a light on how grassroots activists can step into the breach when local, state and national institutions fail to address the basic needs of their constituents. You can expect this film to inspire others to take action of their own to help their own communities around the country and around the world.


Event Details

Event date: 01-24-2019
Event End Date: 01-24-2019
Cut off date 01-24-2019
Individual Price Free
Time 6:30PM - Wine Networking Reception
7:00PM - Introduction by Sass Darwish
7:05pm- Documentary Trailer Screening, Q&A and Discussion

Location Zysman, Aharoni, Gayer and Sullivan & Worcester LLP
1633 Broadway, 32nd floor
Between 50 & 51 street
Event Language Event will be conducted in English
Location New York
Event registration is closed
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