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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 us at 610.435.3571.

2019 Films:

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.

Special guest speaker: Mike Ventola, Manager of Media Relations for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs

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.

Special guest speaker: Rabbi Michael Singer

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:


Bonnie and Bobby Hammel

Associate Producers:

Kathy Zimmerman and Peter Fisher

Monica and Henry Friess

Sandra and Harold Goldfarb

Linda and Mike Miller

Carol and Bob Wilson

Film Editors:

Leonard Abrams

Lori and Houman Ahdieh

Wendy and Ross Born

Jeff Gevirtz

Eva and Larry Levitt

Margo and Eric Lightman

The Markson Family

The Scherline Group

Judy and Larrie Sheftel

Susan and Jeff Zimskind

Key Grips:

Amy and Richard Morse

Elaine Rappaport-Bass

Alan and Mary Salinger

Film Buffs:

Audrey and Jerry Cylinder

East Coast Beverage

Nancy Lloyd

Jeannie and Holmes Miller


Congregation Brith Sholom

Congregation Keneseth Israel

Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding

Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley

Community Partners:


Civic Theatre

(as of 3/18/19)

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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