Event Summary
Event Date : March 7, 2013 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Address : Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, TX 77096
Phone : 713-942-8000
Subject : “Besa: The Promise”
Detail : “Besa,” a code of honor, requires that all Albanians, most of whom are Muslim, protect refugees. Rexhap Hoxho is the son of an Albanian Muslim who protected a Jewish family during the Holocaust and retained their Hebrew books after the family’s departure, it being too dangerous for a Jewish family to travel with Hebrew books. Until the fall of communism in 1991, Hoxho had no way of searching for the family, but yet, he felt that “besa” demanded he find and return the books to their rightful owners. His journey eventually leads him and his son to Jerusalem, documented by Jewish-American photographer Norman Gershman. This film is presented as part of the 2013 Houston Jewish Film Festival. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for members of Holocaust Museum Houston; the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston; and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; seniors (65+) and students. To RSVP or for a complete list of all the festival films, please visit