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Poet Rodger Kamenetz was initially reluctant to travel to Dharamsala, India, with eight Jewish representatives to discuss with the Dalai Lama how Jews kept their spirituality while in exile. Kamenetz did go, however, and found the experience transforming. The resolve of both the dispossessed Tibetans and the Jewish delegates impressed him, and ultimately inspired him to return to Judaism. This is the Washington premiere of Laurel Chiten’s The Jew in the Lotus, a documentary based on Kamenetz’s book of the same name. Chiten introduces the screening of her hourlong film. In conjunction with the “Jewish Book Celebration” at 7 p.m. at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW. $8.50. (202) 518-9400. (MJ)