Film Series

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

The 23rd Annual Film Series will debut in spring 2018 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.

"Fever at Dawn"

  • Tuesday, March 13
  • 7:00pm
  • Showing at Theatre 514  |  527 N. 19th St., Allentown, PA
  • Price: $10  |  $7 JCC members  |  $6 Civic Theatre members
  • Running time: 110 minutes

Presented in partnership with Civic Theatre of Allentown                                                                                                                                     

In 1945, after having been freed from a concentration camp, the 25-year-old Hungarian man, Miklós, is being treated at a Swedish hospital. The doctors diagnose him with a severe lung disease and tell him that he has no more than six months to live. But he refuses to give up, wants to find a wife with whom he can start a new life, and sends letters to 117 Hungarian girls who are also being treated in Sweden. One of the girls is 19-year-old Lili, who likes Miklós's letter, and they start corresponding. Based on the true story of director Péter Gárdos’ parents.

Language: Hungarian/Swedish with English subtitles

"Saving Nur"

  • Tuesday, March 27
  • 7:00pm
  • Showing at The JCC of the Lehigh Valley, Kline Auditorium  |  702 N. 22nd Street Allentown, PA
  • Price: $10  |  $7 JCC and Maimonides members
  • Running time: 70 minutes

Co-sponsored by the Maimonides Society of the JFLV

Afflicted with a rare genetic disease, nine-year-old Nur has only one chance of survival: crossing the border from Gaza into Israel, where doctors are capable of performing a liver transplant. Meanwhile, her Palestinian parents Ibrahim and Maha are fighting resolutely for the life of their daughter while their family struggles back in Gaza. In this documentary, director Nili takes us on Nur’s journey across borders and shows us the transformative power of humanity and hope. A Maimonides physician will introduce and discuss the film.


Hebrew/Arabic with English subtitles


  • Tuesday, April 3
  • 7:00pm
  • Showing at Muhlenberg College, Moyer Hall, Miller Forum  |  2400 W. Chew St., Allentown, PA
  • Price: $10  |  $7 JCC/IJCU members  | College students: free
  • Running time: 91 minutes

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding (IJCU) and the Holocaust Resource Center of JFLV

On a sweltering August day in 1945, villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk's son. Meanwhile, two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with mysterious boxes labeled "fragrances." The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village's deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back, originally lost during the second World War. Other villagers are afraid more survivors will come, posing a threat to the property and possessions they have claimed as their own.

Introductory remarks by Muhlenberg history professor Thomas Cragin, who teaches a course on WWII in film; Panel discussion following the presentation with Professor Cragin and IJCU Director Peter Pettit.


Hungarian/Russian with English subtitles 


  • Sunday, April 22
  • 7:00pm
  • Showing at Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas at SteelStacks  |  101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA
  • Price: $10  |  $7 JCC/Brith Sholom/Arts Quest members
  • Running time: 93 minutes

Presented in partnership with ArtsQuest

Co-sponsored by Congregation Brith Sholom

From the acclaimed director of "The Lemon Tree," "Dancing Arabs" and "The Syrian Bride," Shelter tells the story of a female Mossad agent protecting a female Lebanese informer in a safe house in Hamburg. What should be an easy assignment quickly turns into a labyrinth of espionage and intrigue inside a safe house.

Language: Mostly English with some subtitled Hebrew and Arabic

"The Wandering Muse"

  • Sunday, April 29
  • 7:00pm
  • Showing at Congregation Keneseth Israel  |  2227 Chew St., Allentown, PA
  • Price: $10  |  $7 JCC/KI members
  • Running time: 92 minutes

Co-sponsored by Congregation Keneseth Israel

From ram’s horn to beatbox, THE WANDERING MUSE explores the kaleidoscope of Jewish identities through the ever-changing music of the Jewish diaspora. Cantor Jeff Warschauer was involved in the film’s production. He will introduce the movie and perform some klezmer music following the presentation.

Language: English


The Jewish & Israeli Film Series sincerely thanks our 2018 partners and sponsors:


Bonnie and Bobby Hammel

Associate Producers:

Lori and Houman Ahdieh

Dr. Harold and Sandra Goldfarb

Jane and Bill Markson

Linda and Mike Miller

Carol and Bob Wilson

Linda and Jim Wimmer

Kathy Zimmerman and Peter Fisher

Film Editors:

Leonard Abrams

Rony Ackerman

Sam and Sylvia Bub
Maxwell E. Davison

Jeffrey Gevirtz

Don and Maxine Klein
Amy and Rich Morse
The Scherline Family
Linda and Elliot Sheftel

Dr. and Mrs. Mickey Ufberg

Marjorie Weiss

Key Grips: 

Elaine Rappaport-Bass

Amy and Rick Sams


Congregation Brith Sholom

Congregation Keneseth Israel

Holocaust Resource Center

Institute of Jewish-Christian Understanding

Maimonides Society

Community Partners:


Civic Theatre

Sponsors as of 2/19/18

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