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Tip: The photographer's the focus

Ruth Gruber not only lived through virtually every historic event of the 20th century, she covered many of them as a journalist and participated in others as a concerned citizen.

Gruber, who lives in Manhattan, began her career in 1935, at age 24, as a photojournalist for the New York Herald Tribune. During World War II, she and her trusty Leica camera aided the Roosevelt administration on an assignment in Alaska in 1942 and a secret mission to help 1,000 Jewish refugees in Europe find sanctuary in 1944. That story was dramatized in the 2001 movie "Haven," starring Natasha Richardson.

Gruber's life is the focus of the recent documentary "Ahead of Time." You can attend a screening of the documentary and meet Gruber -- who turned 100 in September -- at Temple Sinai of Roslyn Thursday at 7 p.m. After the screening, Gruber will stay for a question-and-answer session. The event is free.

For information, call 516-621-6800.

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