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Fall Season Film Pass
Purchase a pass for our acclaimed series and enjoy a spectacular season of preview and premiere films, special cinematic events and discussions. Enjoy cutting edge films from around the world, documentaries and special engagements, followed by conversations with filmmakers and special guest speakers. *USAGE NOTES: Fall season runs from 9/1/14-12/31/14. This pass is for personal use only. Passes do not include film festival screenings. To assure tickets to each screening, reservations are still necessary. Please claim tickets in The JCC lobby. Pass does not constitute ticket to films/events. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, Sep 2 - Dec 30
fall
8am weekly
The Search for General Tso
Whet your appetite with a screening of "The Search for General Tso" and stay for a delicious Chinese food dinner. (more)REGISTER
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Thu, Dec 25
winter
12pm once
The Search for General Tso
Tickets for the film only. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Thu, Dec 25
winter
12pm once
Winter Season Film Pass
Purchase a pass for our acclaimed series and enjoy a spectacular season of preview and premiere films, special cinematic events and discussions. Enjoy cutting edge films from around the world, documentaries and special engagements, followed by conversations with filmmakers and special guest speakers. *USAGE NOTES: Winters season runs from 1/1/15-4/30/15. This pass is for personal use only. Passes do not include film festival screenings. To assure tickets to each screening, reservations are still necessary. Please claim tickets in The JCC lobby. Pass does not constitute ticket to films/events. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, Jan 6 - Apr 28
winter
7:30pm custom
Vessel
Horrified by the realities created by anti-abortion law around the world, Rebecca Gomperts became determined to challenge them. Her method: to provide abortions on a ship in offshore waters. Her project, Women on Waves, begins as flawed spectacle, a media frenzy faced with governmental, religious, and military blockades. But each setback refined Rebecca's mission, until she had the revelation that she can use new technologies to bypass law—and train women to give themselves safe abortions using WHO-sanctioned protocols with pills. Dir. Diana Whitten (USA, 2014, 90 min) (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, Jan 6
winter
7:30pm once
Farewell, Herr Schwarz
Michla and her brother Feiv’ke were inseparable before the Holocaust. When Michla learned that Feiv’ke was killed, she moved on to the new state of Israel. The filmmaker, Michla’s granddaughter, investigates what happened to her grandmother’s beloved brother—and is surprised to find that Feiv’ke had become Petwr, married a German woman, and spent the rest of his life in a cozy home only a few feet from the concentration camp where he had been imprisoned during the war. Directed by Yael Reuveny Documentary | 2013 | 96 min (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Sat, Jan 10
winter
6:30pm once
Farewell, Herr Schwarz
Michla and her brother Feiv’ke were inseparable before the Holocaust. When Michla learned that Feiv’ke was killed, she moved on to the new state of Israel. The filmmaker, Michla’s granddaughter, investigates what happened to her grandmother’s beloved brother—and is surprised to find that Feiv’ke had become Petwr, married a German woman, and spent the rest of his life in a cozy home only a few feet from the concentration camp where he had been imprisoned during the war. Directed by Yael Reuveny Documentary | 2013 | 96 min (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Sat, Jan 10
winter
8:30pm once
Farewell, Herr Schwarz
Michla and her brother Feiv’ke were inseparable before the Holocaust. When Michla learned that Feiv’ke was killed, she moved on to the new state of Israel. The filmmaker, Michla’s granddaughter, investigates what happened to her grandmother’s beloved brother—and is surprised to find that Feiv’ke had become Petwr, married a German woman, and spent the rest of his life in a cozy home only a few feet from the concentration camp where he had been imprisoned during the war. Directed by Yael Reuveny Documentary | 2013 | 96 min (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Sun, Jan 11
winter
2pm once
Farewell, Herr Schwarz
Michla and her brother Feiv’ke were inseparable before the Holocaust. When Michla learned that Feiv’ke was killed, she moved on to the new state of Israel. The filmmaker, Michla’s granddaughter, investigates what happened to her grandmother’s beloved brother—and is surprised to find that Feiv’ke had become Petwr, married a German woman, and spent the rest of his life in a cozy home only a few feet from the concentration camp where he had been imprisoned during the war. Directed by Yael Reuveny Documentary | 2013 | 96 min (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Sun, Jan 11
winter
4pm once
Farewell, Herr Schwarz
Michla and her brother Feiv’ke were inseparable before the Holocaust. When Michla learned that Feiv’ke was killed, she moved on to the new state of Israel. The filmmaker, Michla’s granddaughter, investigates what happened to her grandmother’s beloved brother—and is surprised to find that Feiv’ke had become Petwr, married a German woman, and spent the rest of his life in a cozy home only a few feet from the concentration camp where he had been imprisoned during the war. Directed by Yael Reuveny Documentary | 2013 | 96 min (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Sun, Jan 11
winter
6pm once
Famous Nathan
Nathan's Famous Frankfurters is a New York institution and a Coney Island landmark. Nathan's grandson worked on Famous Nathan for thirty years, interweaving archival footage, family photos, never-before-heard audio from Nathan, as well as compelling, intimate, and hilarious interviews with the dedicated band of workers. The film brings a slice of New York from a bygone era, and the characters who made it was it was. Dir. Lloyd Handwerker (USA, 2014, 98 min) (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, Jan 13
winter
7:30pm once
Artists Celebrate: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Expelled from Germany, Rabbi Joachim Prinz arrived in the United States in 1937. Here, he witnessed racism against African Americans and realized the American ideal was not a reality. As rabbi of Temple B'nai Abraham in Newark, NJ and later as President of the American Jewish Congress, Prinz became a leader of the civil rights movement and worked to organize the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Dir. Rachel Fisher and Rachel Pasternak (USA, 2014, 57 min) Followed by a conversation with filmmakers and family. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > performing arts > theater and dance
Mon, Jan 19
winter
5pm once
Artists Celebrate: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
With Co-founder of Dance Theater of Harlem Arthur Mitchell and dancers Ashley Murphy and Da'Von Doane Upon learning of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, world renowned choreographer and dancer Arthur Mitchell was inspired to found Dance Theater of Harlem—a racially diverse ballet company, and a school that would offer children in Harlem the opportunity to learn about dance. Join us for the rare opportunity to hear Arthur Mitchell narrate his life story accompanied by choreography and two extraordinary performers from the Dance Theater of Harlem. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > performing arts > theater and dance
Mon, Jan 19
winter
7pm once
Shtisel
This new Israeli hit TV series focuses on a haredi family living in Jerusalem. Akiva and Shulem Shtisel, father and son, sit on a little balcony overlooking streets of the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem. All the other children have left the nest. Everything will change when Akiva meets Elisheva. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, Jan 20
winter
7:30pm once
Shtisel
This new Israeli hit TV series focuses on a haredi family living in Jerusalem. Akiva and Shulem Shtisel, father and son, sit on a little balcony overlooking streets of the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem. All the other children have left the nest. Everything will change when Akiva meets Elisheva. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, Jan 20 - Feb 23
winter
7:30pm custom
Kabbalah Me
A personal journey into the esoteric, spiritual phenomenon known as Kabbalah. Throughout history, Kabbalah was studied by only the most holy Talmud scholar - and its wisdom was kept frommost Jews. When Steven E. Bram, Producer and Co-Director, embarks on a spiritual investigation he is reunited with Hasidic branch of his family, connected to Judaic scholarship, and taken on a pilgrimage to Israel. Along the way, leading authorities discuss the complex, mystical world of Kabbalah – its varying interpretations and the myriad paths of its rituals and lessons. Dir. Steven E. Bram & Judah Lazarus (USA, 2014, 80 min) Followed by a conversation with Steven E. Bram, Producer and Co-Director. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Sun, Jan 25
winter
7pm once
Shtisel
This new Israeli hit TV series focuses on a haredi family living in Jerusalem. Akiva and Shulem Shtisel, father and son, sit on a little balcony overlooking streets of the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem. All the other children have left the nest. Everything will change when Akiva meets Elisheva. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Mon, Jan 26
winter
7pm once
Above and Beyond
In 1948, a group of World War II pilots volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of "Machal"—volunteers from abroad—this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, preventing the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth, they also laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force. Directed by Roberta Grossman, Produced by Nancy Spielberg (USA/UK/Israel, 2014, 90 min)Followed by a Q+A with director Roberta Grossman and producer Nancy Spielberg.Opening in theaters in NYC on Jan. 30. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, Jan 27
winter
7:30pm once
Shtisel
This new Israeli hit TV series focuses on a haredi family living in Jerusalem. Akiva and Shulem Shtisel, father and son, sit on a little balcony overlooking streets of the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem. All the other children have left the nest. Everything will change when Akiva meets Elisheva. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Mon, Feb 2
winter
7pm once
Little White Lie
Lacey Schwartz grew up in a typical upper-middle-class household, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity. But after her parents suddenly split up she began to question why she was so much darker than her family. At the age of 18, she finally learns the truth: her biological father was a black man with whom her mother had an affair. Lacey begins a quest to reconcile the hidden pieces of her life and heal her relationship with the only father she ever knew. Dir. Lacey Schwartz and James Addolphus (USA, 2014, 65 min) (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, Feb 3
winter
7:30pm once
Shtisel
This new Israeli hit TV series focuses on a haredi family living in Jerusalem. Akiva and Shulem Shtisel, father and son, sit on a little balcony overlooking streets of the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem. All the other children have left the nest. Everything will change when Akiva meets Elisheva. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Mon, Feb 9
winter
7pm once
Special Preview: Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
In this winner of the Israeli Academy Award, an Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz) seeking to finalize a divorce from her estranged husband finds herself on trial. Dir. Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz (2014, Israel, 116 min) (more)REGISTER
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Mon, Feb 9
winter
7:30pm once
Sounds of Torture
Since 2006, human trafficking has burgeoned in Egypt's Sinai Desert, where Eritrean asylum seekers and refugees heading north to Israel are kidnapped, held hostage, and tortured by smugglers demanding exorbitant ransoms for their freedom. This powerful documentary intimately follows Swedish-Eritrean journalist Meron Estefanos, her efforts to aid the hostages and their families, and her activism in Israel and Egypt's Sinai Desert. This film provides a spotlight on one of today's most underreported human rights violations and the one woman who is making it her mission to create change. Dir. Keren Shayo (Israel, 2013, 60 min) (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, Feb 10
winter
7:30pm once
Shtisel
This new Israeli hit TV series focuses on a haredi family living in Jerusalem. Akiva and Shulem Shtisel, father and son, sit on a little balcony overlooking streets of the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem. All the other children have left the nest. Everything will change when Akiva meets Elisheva. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Mon, Feb 16
winter
7pm once
Special Preview: God's Slave
Based on the actual events of a 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires. Ahmed has been trained as Islamic terrorist since childhood and is now assigned to execute a suicide bomb at a synagogue. David is the Israeli special agent who will stop at nothing to prevent the attack. But neither man is defined solely by their extremist views. With time running out before the attack, David zeros in on Ahmed as a suspect, his investigation culminating in violent, if unexpected, consequences. Dir. Joel Novoa (Argentina/Venezuela, 2013, 90 min)

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arts + ideas > film
Tue, Feb 17
winter
7:30pm once
The Polgar Variant
The extraordinary story of three Hungarian-Jewish sisters who were raised to be chess masters in Communist Budapest of the 1970s. Their father, driven by his educational vision, determined their destiny before they were even born. László Polgár believed that "Geniuses are made, not born," and he set out to prove it. The canvas he chose was his three daughters; The medium—chess. The girls were home-schooled and devoted their time to studying and practicing chess—with surprising and remarkable results. Dir. Yossi Aviram (2014, Israel, 68 min) (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Thu, Feb 19
winter
7pm once
Shtisel
This new Israeli hit TV series focuses on a haredi family living in Jerusalem. Akiva and Shulem Shtisel, father and son, sit on a little balcony overlooking streets of the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem. All the other children have left the nest. Everything will change when Akiva meets Elisheva. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Mon, Feb 23
winter
7pm once
Jewish Film Presenters Conference 2015
The Israel Film Center at JCC Manhattan in partnership with the Washington Jewish Film Festival and JCCA presents: Jewish Film Presenters Network Conference - Washington DC Deb 25-26 Join us for two informative and fun filled days of conversation and workshops that will set new standards for presentation of Jewish film and festivals. Meet and learn from your colleagues and other experts in the field of film programming. Conversations will be geared for both emerging and established festivals. Topics include: New Sharing Models Outreach, PR & Marketing Fundraising & Sponsorship Distributor & industry Mini-Market Operations Programming Conference schedule and featured speakers to be announced January 2014. Registration cost includes 4 meals. The conference is being hosted during the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF), which runs Feb 19-Mar 1, and we are happy to extend full-access Festival passes for all Conference attendees. Registrants are encouraged to stay for the Festival beyond the conference dates to get a fuller festival experience. We expect the experience of attending one of the largest and most prestigious Jewish film festivals in the US will prove instructive (especially for smaller and mid-size festivals) -- and provide a practical example of the practices will will discuss in Conference sessions on operations, marketing, programming, and sponsor relations. The WJFF will host over 12,000 attendees, as well as over 50 visiting filmmakers, academics and leading industry figures. WJFF staff will also be happy to connect Festival directors with visiting filmmakers for offline meetings (actual scheduling responsibilities will lay between yourselves and the filmmakers, but WJFF will provide contact info as long as the request is received 2+ weeks prior to the Festival's start). (more)REGISTER
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Wed, Feb 25 - Feb 26
winter
9am daily
Distributor Participation in Jewish Film Presenters Conference 2015
The Israel Film Center at JCC Manhattan in partnership with the Washington Jewish Film Festival and JCCA presents: Jewish Film Presenters Network Conference - Washington DC Deb 25-26 Register here to participate in the Distributors Panel and Speed Meetings with Jewish film presenters. The entire event will take place at: Washington DC JCC 1529 16th St NW Washington, DC 20036 (more)LEARN MORE
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Wed, Feb 25 - Feb 26
winter
9am daily
A Universal Language
The exciting and hilarious once in a lifetime journey of six Canadian comedians, among them Canadian comedy icon Mark Breslin, as they explore comedy, identity and history throughout the Holy Land and use the weapons of comedy to try and bring laughter to the Middle East. Dir. Igal Hecht (Canada, 2013, 80 min) (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, Mar 3
winter
7:30pm once
Red Father
The story of the rise and fall of Bernard Ades— a Communist Jewish lawyer who sought to end systemic legal racism in Maryland, fought fascism with the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War, and became a target himself during the dark days of America's McCarthyism. Dir. Tova Beck-Friedman (USA, 2014, 56 min) (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, Mar 24
winter
7:30pm once
24 Days
January 20, 2006. After dinner with his family, Ilan Halimi called an attractive girl he had met at work and made plans to meet her for coffee. The next time Ilan's family heard from him, it was through a cryptic online message from kidnappers demanding a ransom in exchange for their son's life. For the next 24 days Ilan’s family waited. Based on a book co-written by the victim's mother. Dir. Alexandre Arcady (France, 2014, 108 min) (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, Mar 31
winter
7:30pm once
Patrolman P.
In 1971 the Knapp Commission, entrusted to expose corruption in the New York Police Department, face a major problem—their main source, Frank Serpico, won't wear a wire. A corrupt cop named William Phillips agrees to become their undercover agent in exchange for immunity from a bribery charge, and the evidence he eventually collects leads directly to the indictment of thirty New York cops. But the tables quickly turn when Phillips himself is convicted of a double-homicide. Three decades later and still in prison, Phillips claims he's the victim of a massive police conspiracy. Dir. Ido Mizrahy (USA, 2013, 91 min) (more)REGISTER
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Tue, Apr 28
winter
7:30pm once
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