Film: Desert Wounds
Mar
11
2:00 PM14:00

Film: Desert Wounds

Dir. Nili Dotan 2016 - 58 min - Documentary NY Premiere Fleeing war, dictatorship, and religious persecution, a group of Christian women from Sudan and Eritrea seek asylum in Israel. Over a five-year period living under a constant threat of deportation, they attempt to build new lives for themselves, unsure when-or if-their journey will ever end.

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Film: Foxtrot
Feb
18
to Feb 19

Film: Foxtrot

Michael and Daphna experience gut-wrenching grief when army officials inform them of the death of their son. Unable to find any solace in the well-meaning condolences of family, or in the military’s patriotic platitudes, Michael spirals into anger only to experience one of life’s unfathomable turns—a twist that can only be rivaled by the surreal military experiences of his son. 

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The Torah of Leonard Cohen (3-part class)
Oct
3
to Oct 31

The Torah of Leonard Cohen (3-part class)

Did you know Leonard Cohen was the grandson of two of Canada’s prominent rabbis? Join musician, poet, Torah scholar and Leonard Cohen devotee, Alicia Jo Rabins on a deep, joyfully thought-provoking Jewish journey through Cohen’s songs and poems. We will explore mystical themes of love, ecstatic worship and ritual in Cohen’s work, as well as the interplay of Jewish and Buddhist themes. All are welcome.

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Film: Norman: the Moderate Rise and Fall of a New York Fixer
May
7
4:00 PM16:00

Film: Norman: the Moderate Rise and Fall of a New York Fixer

Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) lives a lonely life in the margins of New York City’s power and money—a would-be operator dreaming up financial schemes that never come to fruition. An opportunist with nothing real to offer, Norman comically strives to ingratiate himself at every turn, but his incessant networking leads him nowhere until he meets a charismatic Israeli politician (Lior Ashkenazi). Suddenly, Norman finds himself in the middle of a geopolitical drama beyond anything he could have ever imagined and everyone wants to be his friend. 

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Film: Carvalho's Journey
Jan
22
4:00 PM16:00

Film: Carvalho's Journey

Steve Rivo’s fascinating 19th-century adventure story documents the extraordinary career of Solomon Nunes Carvalho (1815–1897) and his life as a photographer, artist, and pioneer explorer in the American West. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Carvalho was a middle-class portrait painter and an observant Sephardic Jew who had never ridden a horse, much less been in the wilderness. That changed in 1853 when he joined the famed explorer John C. Fremont on his Fifth Westward Expedition, a 2,400-mile journey from New York City to California.

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Film: The Commissar
Nov
20
4:30 PM16:30

Film: The Commissar

Filmed in 1960s, but kept from release for twenty years, The Commissar is one of the most important and compelling films of the Soviet era. Based on a short story by Vasily Grossman, it tells of a pregnant female Red Army commissar who is forced to stay with a Jewish family near the frontlines of the 1920s battle between the Red and White. The film drew the ire of censors for its frank portrayal of the violence faced by Russian Jews in the wake of the revolution.   

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Film: A Kippah in the Carribean
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Film: A Kippah in the Carribean

A Kippah in the Caribbean is a Dutch documentary about Jewish-Caribbean identity produced by Tanja Fraaij and Mike Ho Sam Sooi. The film follows in the footsteps of the Jews who were driven out of Portugal and Spain, first to Amsterdam and Brazil, and finally to Curacao and Suriname. Included are the voices of 20 Caribbean Jews and an exploration of the traces of Jewish identity that can still be found in Antillean and Surinamese customs, language, and cooking. The film also examines the future for the Jewish community in Curacao, Aruba, and Surinam.  

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Film: Two Sided Story
Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

Film: Two Sided Story

In the film, Emmy award winning director Tor Ben Mayor follows a group of 27 Palestinians and Israelis who meet under the frame of a unique project led by Parents Circle Families Forum. The project's goal is to acknowledge the narrative of the other. Among them include Orthodox Jews and religious Muslims, settlers, ex-IDF soldiers, ex-security prisoners, citizens of the Gaza strip, kibbutz members, second generation holocaust survivors, non-violent activists, and more. Each and every one holds his own historical truth, and carries with him his own emotional baggage.

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