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Film: Festivals & Features

Through feature films, shorts, documentaries, student films and conversations with guest speakers, our festivals explore a variety of topics, all with the goal of exciting, engaging and educating our audiences. Many of our films have received awards both nationally and internationally. Since our festivals premiered, over 100 outstanding films have been shown at a variety of venues.  

Jewish Film Series

Check below for all the details of the annual Jewish Film Series, presented by the Arenstein Family, at the Weinstein JCC!

Jewish Film Series: As Seen Through These Eyes


Directed by Hilary Helstein I 70 min I Documentary I USA I 2008

As Maya Angelou narrates this powerful documentary, she reveals the story of a brave group of people who fought Hitler with the only weapons they had: charcoal, pencil stubs, shreds of paper and memories etched in their minds. These artists took their fate into their own hands to make a compelling statement about the human spirit, enduring against unimaginable odds.

Immediately following the film, Elizabeth Hlavek, will discuss her photography exhibition, Making Meaning Through Making Art, and share learnings from personal interviews with Holocaust survivors and artists, many of whom are featured in the film.  This exhibit, part of her doctorate dissertation, is comprised of reproductions of artwork created by individuals from all over Europe, including those interred in such concentration camps as Auschwitz, Dachau, Gurs and Terezin. As an art therapist, Hlavek hopes people will walk away from this exhibition recognizing the “individual within the masses” and how art can play a role in healing and surviving.

Presented by The Arenstein Family

Yom Hashoah program co-hosted with the Virginia Holocaust Museum

Israeli Film Festival

Our annual Israeli Film Festival is dedicated to fostering an understanding of Israeli culture and access to Israel’s young but thriving film industry. The festival features films based upon various considerations such as awards or nominations, timely subject matter and input from the film community.

The 10th Annual Israeli Film Festival, presented by Weinstein Properties, will take place January 23-30 at the Weinstein JCC.

All films will be shown at the Weinstein JCC unless otherwise noted.

See below for this year's films!

Thank you to this year's Israeli Film Festival Committee:
Committee Chairs: Leslie and David Greenberg
Lisa and Andy Fratkin
Jill and Ben Kutner
Hanit and Shahar Laron
Risa and Jay Levine
David Buchsbaum and Leslie McManus
Karen and Ken Olshansky
Eileen Schulman

Thank you to our Community Co-Hosts:
Chabad of Virginia
Congregation Beth Ahabah
Congregation Or Ami
Congregation Or Atid
Hadassah Richmond
Keneseth Beth Israel
Temple Beth-El
University of Richmond Hillel

ReelAbilities Diversity & Inclusion Festival

The ReelAbilities Diversity and Inclusion Film Festival is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. The festival presents award-winning films, accompanied by discussions and other engaging programs which bring together the community to explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

Kesem (“Magic” in Hebrew) is exactly what occurs when actors, both with and without needs, go through this theatrical process together. Under the direction of Brian Bassett, participants learn, grow and express themselves in ways they may never had imagined.  In Kesem, the Weinstein JCC’s inclusive theater project, it is the process, more than the result, that is most important.  The cast and crew of Kesem invite everyone to come and experience the magic of Kesem! Click here to learn more.

This year's festival, presented by Karen and Ken Olshansky, took place February 11-13. 

Thank you to this year's Community Partners:
United Athletics
NAMI Virginia
NAMI Central Virginia
The Friendship Circle Virginia
Chabad of VA
Autism Society Central Virginia
Jewish Family Services
UMFS
Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond
Northstar Academy
The If You Could See Me Project
Monocan High School Health & Physical Therapy Specialty Center
Sportable
IdentityRVA
Autism Speaks
Metropolitan Business League
Jewish Community Federation of Richmond
The Choice Group
Special Olympics Virginia
SunTrust now Truist

For more information about film at the Weinstein JCC, contact Cultural Arts Director Leslie McGuigan at 545-8644 or lmcguigan@weinsteinjcc.org.