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Film Festival

JCC of the Lehigh Valley Allentown Arts and Culture Art Gallery Film Festival

The Jewish and  Israeli Film Festival offers thought-provoking, entertaining, and educational film events, often featuring guest speakers and discussions.

The 22nd Annual Film Festival will debut in spring 2017 and promises to keep you entertained and informed. It will have you laughing, it may make you cry, you will be enlightened, you will ponder some deep issues, and you will want to see each one.
The JCC partners with various groups in the community to present a diverse mix of films. The films are presented at the JCC and various locations in the greater Lehigh Valley. We look forward to seeing you at the movies.


  • Sunday, June 4
  • 7:00pm
  • Price: $10
  • JCC/ArtsQuest Members: $7

Showing at: Steel Stacks  |  Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema  |  101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Running Time: 95 minutes

Presented in Partnership with ArtsQuest

Academy Award® nominated director Atom Egoyan creates a thrillingly fast-paced revenge story that, in a highly original and deeply intimate way, deals with the aftermath of one of the most deplorable and significant events in recent history. With an incredible lead performance from Christopher Plummer as the frail but unstoppable Zev, Remember manages to keep audiences on the edge of their seats while giving them something to think about long after the film is over.

"Ahead of Time: The extraordinary journey of ruth gruber"

  • Tuesday, June 6
  • 7:00pm
  • Price: $10
  • JCC Members: $7
  • Civic Members: $6

Showing at: Civic Theatre of Allentown  |  Theatre 514  |  527 N 19th St, Allentown, PA 18104
Running Time: 73 minutes

Presented in partnership with Civic Theatre of Allentown

For seven decades, foreign correspondent and photojournalist Ruth Gruber didn’t just report the news…she made it! The first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic in 1935, Ruth also traveled to Alaska as a member of the Roosevelt administration in 1942, escorted Holocaust refugees to America in 1944, covered the Nuremberg trials in 1946 and documented the Haganah ship Exodus in 1947. Her relationships with world leaders including Eleanor Roosevelt, President Harry Truman, and David Ben Gurion gave her unique access and insight into the modern history of the Jewish people. Ruth passed away in November, 2016 at the age of 105.


The Jewish & Israeli Film Festival sincerely thanks our 2017 partners and sponsors:
(As of 4/4/2017)

Bonnie and Bobby Hammel

Associate Producers:
Marilyn and Nate Braunstein
Linda C. Epstein
Sandra and Harold Goldfarb
The Markson Family
Linda and Mike Miller
Carol and Bob Wilson
Linda and Jim Wimmer
Kathy Zimmerman and Peter Fisher

Film Editors:
Rony Ackerman
Maxwell E. Davison
Amy Singer Douglass
Tama Fogelman
Emily and Ronald Freudenberger
Dr. Binae Karpo, Optometrist
Maxine and Don Klein
Ferne Kushner
Amy and Rich Morse
Scherline & Associates
Shari Spark and Mark Goldstein
Abby and Mark Trachtman
Eileen and Mickey Ufberg

Key Grips:
Melissa and Harvey Hakim
Phyllis and Jay Kaufman
Elaine Rappaport-Bass
Amy and Rick Sams 

Film Buffs:
Donna and Mike Iorio
Sandy Newman


ArtsQuest, “Remember”
Civic Theatre, “Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber”
Congregation Keneseth Israel, “To Life!”
Eva and Larry Levitt, “Run Boy Run” 

Special Thank You:
Dr. Hartmut Heep, Associate Professor, Penn State University, Schuylkill Campus


For more information, please contact Monica Friess, Cultural Arts Coordinator, at mfriess@lvjcc.org.

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