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The HEART OF NUBA – a film screening

(Prelude by special musical guest Katrina Carlson and friends.  Following film, brief Q&A session with Director Ken Carlson).

October 20, 2018 at
Washington National Cathedral

Perry Auditorium – 7th Floor West Tower 

6:00 pm Doors open 

7:00 pm Film begins 

8:30 pm Q&A with Director Ken Carlson

Feel free to come early to meet DIN Network members and collaborators. Light refreshments will be served.

For info on The Heart of Nuba:

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Movie • 1 hr 24 min 36 sec • Documentary


Welcome to the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan, where American doctor Tom Catena selflessly and courageously serves the needs of a forgotten people, as the region is bombed relentlessly by an indicted war criminal, Omar Al-Bashir. Two things remain constant: Dr. Tom’s faith and his enduring love for the Nuba people.



Dr. Tom Catena’s patients come to him from hundreds of miles away on foot, in carts, or often cradled in their mother’s arms. Welcome to the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, an area of the world so void of humanitarian and media attention that years of war go ignored, and cries for help go largely unheard. Here, this lone American surgeon tends with equal compassion to patients ranging from malnutrition and leprosy, to grave wounds inflicted by the indiscriminate bombings ordered by their own president, Omar al-Bashir. When a government can attack defenseless men, women and children with supersonic bombers, and it doesn’t make anyone’s newswire, something is terribly awry.

The only surgeon within 200 miles, ‘Dr. Tom’ does his best to save lives in the midst of carnage and terror, treating as many as 400 patients a day at Mother of Mercy Hospital, nestled in the heart of the Nuba Mountains. The region is the latest target of Omar al-Bashir, a man wanted by the International Criminal Court for committing crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur. Surrounded by a country at war, living under the constant shadow of aerial bombardment, Dr. Tom and his mostly local staff defy Bashir’s ban on humanitarian aid, and work tirelessly to serve the Nuba people. This population of one million Muslims, Christians, Animists and Africans of traditional belief have lived together harmoniously for centuries. Now, together with Dr. Tom Catena, they struggle to survive.

Benjamin Bradburn
(202) 421-8554


Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7:30-9:00 PM

CESJDS Lower School

1901 East Jefferson Street, Rockville, MD 20852

Register Here

CESJDS is hosting our community’s participation in this world-wide event in partnership with, and partnered locally with LEV.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to bake challah with 200 women? Find out at the Great Challah Bake! We welcome women and girls (ages 12 and up) to prepare challah for Shabbat. This will be a warm, festive evening where women will connect, learn, and give back along with other Jewish women from around the world.

Bethesda Jewish Congregation

Bethesda Jewish Congregation