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.

"To Life!"

  • Wednesday, April 5
  • 7:00pm
  • Price: $10
  • JCC/KI Members: $7

Showing at: JCC of the Lehigh Valley  |  Kline Auditorium  |  702 N. 22nd Street Allentown, PA 18104
Running Time: 86 minutes

Co-sponsored by Congregation Keneseth Israel

Fate introduces the aging Jewish cabaret singer Ruth, who is running from her past, and the confused young, non-Jewish Jonas, who is running from his future. Together these wounded souls manage to reaffirm life for each other in this moving drama. Introduction and discussion with Dr. Hartmut Heep, associate professor at Penn State Schuylkill.

"run boy run"

  • Sunday, April 9
  • 7:00pm
  • Price: $10
  • JCC Members: $7

Showing at: JCC of the Lehigh Valley  |  Kline Auditorium  |  702 N. 22nd Street Allentown, PA 18104
Running Time: 107 minutes

Co-sponsored by Eva and Larry Levitt

A superlative saga of courage and compassion, Run Boy Run tells the extraordinary true story of a young Polish boy’s struggle to outlast the Nazi occupation and maintain his Jewish faith through his intrepid will and the kindness of others. Winner of several Audience Awards at film festivals across the country. Introductory remarks by Eva Levitt


  • 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 2/23/2017)

Bobby and Bonnie Hammel

Assoc. Producers
Linda C. Epstein
Dr. Harold and Sandra Goldfarb
The Markson Family
Mike and Linda Miller
Bob and Carol Wilson
Jim and Linda Wimmer

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

Key Grips
Jay and Phyllis Kaufman
Elaine Rappaport-Bass
Rick and Amy Sams

Film Buffs
Mike and Donna Iorio
Sandy Newman

ArtsQuest, “Remember”
Civic Theatre, “Ahead of Time”
Congregation Keneseth Israel, “To Life!”
Eva and Larry Levitt, “Run Boy Run”


For more information, please contact Monica Friess, Jewish & Israeli Film Festival Coordinator, at

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