Film Series

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

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 in 2019. 
 
 
For more information about the Jewish and Israeli Film Series, contact Stephanie Bennett at [email protected] or 610.435.3571.
 
 

2019 Films:

 

My Hero Brother

Special Engagement: Conversation, Film & Nosh

  • Sunday, February 24  |  Program Begins 3:00pm
  • Price: $18  |  Families: $36
  • at Congregation Brith Sholom |  1190 W. Macada Rd. Bethlehem
  • Foreign Language Film with English Subtitles

Join us at Congregation Brith Sholom for a conversation about disability and inclusion in our community facilitated by the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living and the Disability Friendly Community. Afterwards enjoy a viewing of the 2016 award winning film “My Hero Brother,” and a festive nosh.

Co-sponsored by JDAIM, Jewish Family Service, the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, and Congregation Brith Sholom.


Nicky's Family

  • Tuesday, March 19  |  7:00pm
  • Special Price: $5
  • at the JCC of the Lehigh Valley  |  702 N. 22nd St. Allentown
  • Language: English

This docudrama tells the story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Winton, now 102 years old, did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His exploits would have probably been forgotten if his wife, fifty years later, hadn't found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans. Today the story of this rescue is known all over the world. Dozens of Winton's "children" have been found and to this day his family has grown to almost 6,000 people, many of whom have gone on to achieve great things themselves.

Join us on Sunday, March 24 for a paired PJ Library event “Paddington” and family activities.

This program was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

PJ Library Film Event: Paddington

  • Sunday, March 24  |  3:00pm
  • Price: $10/Family
  • at the JCC of the Lehigh Valley  |  702 N. 22nd St. Allentown

Join us for a family friendly PJ Library program to accompany the film "Nicky's Family". This fun afternoon event includes bear themed crafts, snacks, and watching Paddington.

This program was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Wrestling Jerusalem

  • Thursday, April 4  |  7:00pm
  • Price: $12  |  JCC Members: $8  |  Muhlenberg Students: Free
  • at Muhlenberg College, Moyer Hall, Miller Forum  |  2400 W. Chew St. Allentown
  • Language: English

Writer-Actor Aaron Davidman embodies seventeen different characters in and around the sacred city of Jerusalem as he takes us on an eye-opening journey into the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian story. Exploring universal questions of identity and human connection, the film is about one man's effort to embrace a multiplicity of conflicting viewpoints, chronicling a brave exploration of the complex humanity at the heart of one of the world's most troubling conflicts.

Co-sponsored by Muhlenberg College and the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding (IJCU)


The Testament

  • Sunday, April 14  |  7:00pm
  • Price: $12 | JCC/KI Members: $8
  • at Congregation Keneseth Israel | 2227 Chew St. Allentown
  • Foreign Language Film with English Subtitles

Yoel, a meticulous historian leading a significant debate against holocaust deniers, discovers that his mother carries a false identity. A mystery about a man who is willing to risk everything to discover the truth.

Co-sponsored by Congregation Keneseth Israel


Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

  • Sunday, April 28  |  7:00pm
  • Price: $12 | JCCMembers: $8  |  Civic Theatre Members: $7
  • at Civic Theatre | 527 N 19th St. Allentown
  • Foreign Language Film with English Subtitles

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel is the David-and-Goliath story of Israel's national baseball team as it competes for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of crushing defeats, Israel finally ranks among the world's best in 2017. Its roster includes many Jewish-American major leaguers, most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, barely any ever having set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from the Holy Land where they are hailed as modern-day Maccabees to the tournament in South Korea where they must debunk their reputations as has-beens and wannabes. The connection to Israel that the players forge pushes them to unexpected heights as they represent the country on the world stage.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley and presented in partnership with Civic Theatre


An Act of Defiance

  • Tuesday, April 30  |  7:00pm
  • Price: $12 | JCC/ArtsQuest/Brith Sholom Members: $8
  • at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks | 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem
  • Language: English with some subtitles

In 1963, Nelson Mandela and nine other Black and Jewish South Africans risk their lives to free their country from segregation and are arrested for sabotage. Their lawyer, Bram Fischer puts his own life and career in jeopardy to defend them. In this engaging historical drama, director Jean van de Velde brings to life the true story of the Rivonia trial as seen through the eyes of Fischer, highlighting the role that South African Jews played in the African resistance. A little-known moving story that pays tribute to those who brought an end to Apartheid.

Co-sponsored by Congregation Brith Sholom and presented in partnership with ArtsQuest


The Cousin

  • Thursday, May 30  |  7:00pm
  • Price: $12 | JCC Members: $8
  • at the JCC of the Lehigh Valley  |  702 N. 22nd St. Allentown
  • Language: English

After a well-meaning Arab-Muslim handyman arrives in an Israeli village, a young woman is assaulted, and the community assumes he was her attacker.

Co-sponsored by Jim and Linda Wimmer

 

The Jewish & Israeli Film Series sincerely thanks our 2019 partners and sponsors:

Associate Producers:

Kathy Zimmerman and Peter Fisher

Monica and Henry Friess

Linda and Mike Miller

Carol and Bob Wilson

Film Editors:

Lori and Houman Ahdieh

Wendy and Ross Born

Jeff Gevirtz

The Markson Family

The Scherline Group

Judy and Larrie Sheftel

Susan and Jeff Zimskind

(as of 2/6/19)

Key Grips:

Amy and Richard Morse

Elaine Rappaport-Bass

Alan and Mary Salinger

Film Buffs:

Audrey and Jerry Cylinder

East Coast Beverage

Co-sponsors:

Congregation Brith Sholom

Congregation Keneseth Israel

Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding

Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley

Community Partners:

ArtsQuest

Civic Theatre

Sponsors as of 3/14/18

  This program was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
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