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WFYI presents ‘Neighborhood of Saturdays’ featuring IUPUI student publication




INDIANAPOLIS — In conjunction with its broadcast of the national PBS series “The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama,” WFYI 1 Public Television has captured video histories of Jewish life and culture in Indiana.

These histories include the stories of the African American and Sephardic Jewish neighbors exhaustively researched by IUPUI students and published in their book “The Neighborhood of Saturdays: Memories of a Multi-Ethnic Community on Indianapolis’ South Side.”

“The Story of the Jews: A Neighborhood of Saturdays,” a seven-minute video featuring an interview with IUPUI associate professor Susan Hyatt, is among the local stories that WFYI is broadcasting throughout April. The video, produced by Jim Hall and filmed in Indianapolis by David Yosha and the video’s editor David Hodge, first aired March 24 Tuesday following the first two segments of the Schama documentary.

The local histories are archived online and available on YouTube.

In addition to airing local stories, WFYI is partnering with local congregations and organizations for a series of interfaith discussions, art exhibits and family events. 

These events include a “Neighborhood of Saturdays” celebration of diversity presented March 30 by the Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center and the Department of Anthropology in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

A full listing of scheduled activities is available online at

WFYI’s broadcast of “The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama” continues at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The national series is based on Schama’s travels to Russia and the Ukraine, Egypt, Israel and Spain.