Virginia Festival of Jewish Film

Virginia Festival of Jewish Film One of the longest running Jewish film festivals in the country, the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film educates and engages the community by presenting world class film premieres and programs inspired by Jewish or Israeli history, heritage, and values.

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02/19/2021

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02/19/2021

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01/18/2019

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01/22/2016

Everyone has been so thrilled with the film lineup this year! There are 2 more films on Saturday and Sunday at TCC Roper for the Performing Arts. Hope to see you there!

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12/14/2015

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Virginia Festival of Jewish Film
12/14/2015

Virginia Festival of Jewish Film

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12/14/2015

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Great documentary. Please join us on October 11 or October 15 at the Simon Family JCC!
10/02/2015

Great documentary. Please join us on October 11 or October 15 at the Simon Family JCC!

Please join us for this wonderful event on October 11 and 15!

08/28/2015
Inspirational Alice Sommer - The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life - Official Trailer

Join the Joint Conservative Congregations
of South Hampton Roads
Beth El - Temple Israel - Temple Emanuel
KBH Kempsville Conservative
on Saturday evening, September 5th
for our annual pre-High Holiday Selichot program and services
featuring:

"The Lady in Number 6"
a film about music, survival, emotion, recovery and joy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrXHcQyixTE
Discussion to follow led by Cantor Wendi Fried and Rabbi Michael Panitz connecting the film's themes to those of the High Holidays

Selichot services coordinated by Beth El's new cantor, Wendi Fried.
The Selichot services combine sacred music and readings to bring us into the High Holiday season with appropriate meaning, focus and spirit.

Hosted at Beth El
8:00 pm - Dessert Reception and Havdalah
8:30 pm - Screening of "The Lady in Number 6"
9:20 pm - Discussion of the film and the High Holidays
9:45 pm - Selichot services
10:45 pm - Conclude with Sounding of the Shofar

http://theladyinnumber6.com The Lady in Number 6 is one of the most inspirational stories ever told. 109 year old, Alice Herz Sommer, the world's oldest pian...

Come out this Sunday to Route 58 Deli for a nosh and a flick! Two showings, 4pm & 6:30pm. Space is limited. Call 321-233...
06/09/2015

Come out this Sunday to Route 58 Deli for a nosh and a flick! Two showings, 4pm & 6:30pm. Space is limited. Call 321-2338 to purchase tickets.

See a flick about a deli at a deli Sunday June 14th at 4 or 6:30 pm. Route 58 deli will show Deli Man as part of the JCC's Virginia Festival of Jewish film. Grab a ticket and a bite!

05/06/2015
GETT, THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM Trailer | Festival 2014

The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg and the Simon Family JCC, present a special screening at the Naro Expanded Cinema on
Wednesday, May 20th at 7:15pm. Gett, a film about a woman who is fighting for the right to divorce her husband, was nominated for a Golden Globe for a best foreign language film.

This film won awards for Best Film, Best Director (s), Best Actor and more at the Israeli Film Academy last year. Tickets are available at the Naro. For more information, visit narocinema.com.

Check out the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jWp4i9SqqU

An Israeli woman seeking to finalize her divorce from her cruel and manipulative husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religiously-...

01/24/2015

The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film Presented by Alma and Howard Laderberg offers it's heartfelt condolences to committee member Jeff Rosen on the loss of his mother, Lillian. There will be a 2:30 memorial service Sunday, Jan 25th in the chapel at the Beth Sholom Home.

01/24/2015

Don't forget to join us tonight, 7:00 at The Roper Theater in downtown Norfolk for "Cupcakes". Ronnie Scheib of Variety writes "To call Israeli helmer Eytan Fox’s candy-colored, buoyantly upbeat musical a change of pace would be an understatement. Still, Fox’s 2011 drama “Yossi” already ranked as a celebration, albeit in minor key, as its sad-sack hero finally broke free from mournful isolation. Now, in “Cupcakes,” not one man but five women, led by a joyously uninhibited gay guy, jettison their paralyzing fears and, in the grand old MGM tradition, put on a show! (Or rather, sing songs on a global telecast.) Endearingly goofy with its “dare to be yourself” moral and ’70s-tinged aesthetic, this sweet confection could tempt gay and straight audiences alike." See you tonight.

01/22/2015

Don't forget tonight,7:00 at the Naro - "24Days". Come early as it promises to be a big crowd!

01/21/2015

Tonight's film at The Beach Bistro, "Zero Motivation", was SOLD OUT!!!! Thank you everyone who participated in this event!

01/20/2015

Great successful opening weekend with "Above and Beyond", "50 Children" and "The Lady in Number 6"! Thank you Roberta Grossman and Steve Pressman!!

Saturday night, Sandler Center 7:30. Be there!
01/16/2015
'Above and Beyond': Film Review

Saturday night, Sandler Center 7:30. Be there!

A fascinating little-known historical tale is stirringly recounted in Roberta Grossman's documentary about Jewish-American fighter pilots who volunteered to fight for Israel in its 1948 War of Independence.

Check out the remarkable men that made a difference in Israel's War of Independence in 1948: http://aboveandbeyondthemov...
01/15/2015
Above and Beyond | Cast

Check out the remarkable men that made a difference in Israel's War of Independence in 1948: http://aboveandbeyondthemovie.com/cast
The documentary, Above and Beyond, will be shown at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, January 17th @ 7:30pm.

In 1948, a group of World War II pilots, mostly from America, volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of

Sad to say but true, there cannot be a more relevant film to come watch at this year's Virginia Festival of Jewish Film ...
01/13/2015
Fear on Rise, Jews in France Weigh an Exit

Sad to say but true, there cannot be a more relevant film to come watch at this year's Virginia Festival of Jewish Film on Thursday, January 22nd at the Naro Cinema than "24 Days" given last week's events in Paris. Without exploiting those events, this film brings to the screen the feeling of vulnerability among French Jews. This vulnerability is also reflected in yesterday's New York Times article "Fear on Rise, Jews in France Weigh an Exit" (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/13/world/europe/fear-on-rise-jews-in-france-weigh-an-exit.html?emc=eta1&_r=0)

Unsure of their future in France, French Jews are increasingly willing to consider conflict-torn Israel as a safer refuge.

Trailer for Doc 'Above and Beyond' Takes Flight (Exclusive Video)
12/30/2014
Trailer for Doc 'Above and Beyond' Takes Flight (Exclusive Video)

Trailer for Doc 'Above and Beyond' Takes Flight (Exclusive Video)

The documentary Above and Beyond explores the journey of a group of skilled American pilots, many of them Jewish, who answered the call to aid Israel in its War of Independence just three years after World War II.

12/13/2014

From today's Wall Street Journal, Joe Morgenstern's review of "Zero Motivation" which will be part of the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at The Beach Bistro. Make sure you mark your calendar for this darkly funny movie!

Here’s a nice surprise, a zestful, slightly autobiographical debut feature from Israel, written and directed by a woman, Talya Lavie, that takes satirical aim at the passions, frustrations and sexual politics of women in the army. “Zero Motivation” is set a decade or so ago in a remote desert post, where young female conscripts of the Israeli Defense Forces spend their days straightening files, serving coffee to male officers and shredding documents. At least occasionally shredding documents: One of the movie’s two close friends, Nelly Tagar’s Daffi, is a paper shredder by official job description, but she doesn’t see the point of doing it every day.

Sometimes Ms. Lavie’s film recalls “Nine to Five,” or a high-school farce, with flirtation action in the cafeteria. At other times it echoes the cheerful lunacy of “M*A*S*H,” or the definitive absurdity of “Catch-22.” (“Get into triple file,” a hapless captain tells her recruits. “But there are four of us,” one of them replies.) Most of the time, it marches to the endearingly erratic beat of its own drum. Daffi’s best bud, a girl from a kibbutz named Zohar (Dana Ivgy), wants more than anything to lose her virginity. Daffi, a definitive princess, wants more than anything to be transferred from her post, where the desert wind dries her hair, to an office in Tel Aviv, where she’ll be able to go shopping and have the social life she feels she deserves.

Yet there’s another side to this goofiness. “You wanted equal rights,” says a scornful male soldier (who turns out to be gay). A Russian-Israeli recruit named Irena (Tamara Klingon) believes she’s possessed by a tortured ghost, and acts accordingly. The captain, Rama (Shani Klein), will never get the promotion she wants because she’s socially and organizationally inept. Army life drives people crazy in “Zero Motivation,” a bright comedy with darkness in its heart.

As the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg, celebrates its 22nd birthday, it has e...
12/09/2014
Simon Family JCC | Closer than you think. More than you imagine.

As the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg, celebrates its 22nd birthday, it has expanded its presence and breadth, becoming one of the longest running festivals of its kind in the country. One of the reasons for its continued success was to go multi-venue a few years back, and this year it will do the same.

Four venues will again be used for the main movies: The Sandler Center, The TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, Beach Movie Bistro and the Naro Expanded Cinema. Additionally, the JCC and Beth Sholom Village will screen one free movie.

Realizing that some beach residents want to see a weeknight film closer to home, the Tuesday evening show will be held at Beach Movie Bistro. The Opening Night movie and reception will again be held at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts.

In Norfolk, The Naro Expanded Cinema, which was the original home of the festival, will show the Thursday night film.

New this year, The JCC will screen a free movie on a Monday, since school is out. On January 19th, Martin Luther King Day, at 10:30 a.m., enjoy the day at the JCC with friends and see the classic cartoon, An American Tail!

Check out http://www.simonfamilyjcc.org/culture-enrichment/festivals/virginia-festival-of-jewish-film/ for a full listing of films, trailers and details!

Simon Family JCC

Virginia Festival of Jewish Film's cover photo
12/05/2014

Virginia Festival of Jewish Film's cover photo

We are excited to announce that Roberta Grossman will our special guest at the opening night presentation of "Above and ...
11/16/2014
DOC NYC Women Directors & Producers: Meet Roberta Grossman and Nancy Spielberg - 'Above and Beyond'

We are excited to announce that Roberta Grossman will our special guest at the opening night presentation of "Above and Beyond" at Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. Mark your calendars for January 17th and join us for this outstanding film and it's director!

Roberta Grossman (Above and Beyond's director) is an award-winning filmmaker with a passion for history and social justice. She has written and produced mo

Mark your calendars!Saturday, October 25th“Another World” plays at the NARO Expanded Cinema in Ghent, in partnership wit...
09/19/2014

Mark your calendars!

Saturday, October 25th

“Another World” plays at the NARO Expanded Cinema in Ghent, in partnership with the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg.

See this Israeli Zombie horror flick, directed by Eitan Reuven, in time for Halloween! The movie is a horror/science fiction film. The setting is in a near post-apocalyptic future where a biological warfare program goes wrong and turns most of humanity to mindless,
murderous creatures.

Visit Narocinema.com for details and times

09/18/2014

Mark your calendars!

Saturday, October 25th

“Another World” plays at the NARO Expanded Cinema in Ghent, in partnership with the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg.

See this Israeli Zombie horror flick, directed by Eitan Reuven, in time for Halloween! The movie is a horror/science fiction film. The setting is in a near post-apocalyptic future where a biological warfare program goes wrong and turns most of humanity to mindless,
murderous creatures.

Visit Narocinema.com for details and times

Simon Family JCC
07/10/2014

Simon Family JCC

Summertime Movie at the Naro
The Simon Family JCC and the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg, are co-sponsoring a screening of Ida, on Sunday, July 13th at 7:15pm at the Naro Cinema.

The film is beautiful and provocative, perhaps a masterpiece of its genre. The showing of Ida is part of Naro’s monthly Faith in Films series, hosted by Rev. Scott Hennessy of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The JCC’s guest co-host for Ida will be Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg of Ohef Sholom Temple. Visit narocinema.com for more information.

03/28/2014

MARK YOUR CALANDERS! YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THESE TWO GREAT UPCOMING PROGRAMS:

Thursday, April 3
6-8 p.m.
University Theatre

The Institute for the Humanities will screen the premiere episode of the acclaimed Israeli television series, Hatufim, which has been adapted in the U.S, as the Emmy-Award winning drama, Homeland. The episode will be introduced by Dr. Sharon Shahaf (Georgia State University), an expert on Israeli television. Dr. Shahaf will also answer questions from the audience about the series' production, reception, and adaptation worldwide. The event is free and is part of Jewish Education Week. It is co-sponsored with the Department of Communication, the Institute for Jewish Studies & Interfaith Understanding, and the Office of Intercultural Relations.

Friday, April 4
3-5 p.m.
Batten Arts & Letters
Room 9024

Dr. Sharon Shahaf (Georgia State University) presents, "American Dreams, Israeli Formats: Israeli Television history and the Global Format Revolution." Dr. Shahaf will explore the recent global popularity of Israeli television formats, which have been adapted in numerous countries, including the U.S., with series like Homeland (Showtime) and In Treatment (HBO). The event is free and is part of Jewish Education Week. It is co-sponsored with the Department of Communication, the Institute for Jewish Studies & Interfaith Understanding, and the Office of Intercultural Relations.

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Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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Film Festivals like this are so important, and I’m really excited to find one here in Virginia! Coming together to support not only independent films but celebrate Jewish artists and directors is really inspiring! Indie films are some of my favorites, and one i recently discovered was actually directed by Jewish director Yedidya Gorsetman called Empathy Inc. The film follows venture capitalist Joel (Zack Robidas) as he discovers and is forced to navigate a daunting new technology called Xtreme Virtual Reality. As the narrative develops, more and more is revealed about the technology creating twists and turns for the audience that left me on the edge of my seat for about the entire movie! I really think Gorsetman’s work is unique and important for all filmmakers and film lovers, so I truly recommend looking into the film and finding the trailer on YouTube if you're interested!
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