11th Annual Jewish Film Festival
Suggested contribution: $10 a film
Bagels and Salads Double Feature Suggested Contribution:
$27 for two films + dinner
$17 for one film + dinner
Sunday, November 10th
“The Catcher Was A Spy”
t’s rare enough for a Jewish baseball player to make it to the major leagues, but as a catcher in the majors for 15 seasons during the 1920s and 30s, a New York Jew named Moe Berg (Paul Rudd) was known more for his intelligence and introverted personality than his athletic skills. He read several newspapers each day, spoke more than 10 languages (seven fluently) and graduated from Princeton at a time when Jews normally weren’t admitted. Berg took it even a step further and added war spy to his extraordinary resume.
Double Feature Event With Temple Isaiah
Sunday, December 8th
“The Samuel Project”
There’s someone right in front of you whose story needs to be told: and Eli (Ryan Ochoa) gets to know his grandfather Samuel (Hal Linden) for the first time when he makes him the subject of an animated art project for school. With dreams of becoming a professional artist, Eli discovers that his Jewish grandpa, a San Diego dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a young woman when he was a boy.
5:45-6:30 p.m. Bagels and Salads
“Redemption” (Hebrew with subtitles)
Menachem, a former frontman for a rock band, is now religious, and a father to a six-year-old. When his daughter is diagnosed with cancer, he must find a creative solution to fund the expensive treatments. He reunites his band for one last tour. The journey to save his daughter exposes old wounds and allows him to reconnect with his past. Menachem understands that only a new connection to his past and to his music can pave the road to his own redemption.
Sunday, January 5th
(Snow Date January 26)
“Europa, Europa” (German, Polish, Russian with subtitles)
Based on a true story, this acclaimed WWII drama follows a German Jewish teen who is able to hide in full sight of the Nazis when he is mistaken for an Aryan orphan. The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for an Academy Award. This screening is in memory of Arthur Brauner, one of postwar Germany’s most successful film producers. Brauner died this past summer in Berlin aged 100. He made more than 500 pictures, including masterpieces grappling with the Nazi past. Brauner was one of 800 survivors out of 250,000 Jews from Lodz.
Sunday, February 16th
(Snow Date February 23)
“Ask Dr. Ruth”
Ask Dr.Ruth chronicles the life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. She revisits her painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.