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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.
Check below for all the details of the first-ever Jewish Film Festival at the Weinstein JCC!
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 Ninth Annual Israeli Film Festival will take place January 9-13 at the Weinstein JCC.
Thank you to the Israeli Film Festival Committee:
Committee Co-Chairs: Leslie and David Greenberg
Lisa and Andy Fratkin
Jill and Ben Kutner
Risa and Jay Levine
Karen and Kenneth Olshansky
Special thanks to these organizations for co-hosting the following film screenings during the Ninth Annual Israeli Film Festival:
Israeli Love Story - Hadassah Richmond, Chabad of the Virginias, Congregation Or Atid, Congregation Beth Ahabah
The Essential Link: The Story of Wilfrid Israel - Virginia Holocaust Museum
Shelter - Temple Beth El
The Cakemaker - Congregation Or Ami, Health Brigade
A film by Ofer Raul Graizer | 104 minutes | Drama English, Hebrew, German
Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who has frequent business visits in Berlin. When Oren dies in a car crash in Israel, Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking for answers regarding his death. Under a secret identity, Thomas infiltrates into the life of Anat, his lover’s newly widowed wife, who owns a small Café in downtown Jerusalem. Thomas starts to work for her and create German cakes and cookies that help her business thrive and her son overcome his grief. The encounter with the unfamiliar reality will make Thomas involved in Anat’s life in a way far beyond his anticipation, and to protect the truth he will stretch his lie to a point of no return. Pastry dough is far from the only thing that requires—and receives—delicate handling in The Cakemaker, a tender, tactile and just-sweet-enough story of hidden love, challenged faith and unwittingly shared grief.
View this film's trailer below.
*Mature Content: Recommended for adult audiences; appropriate for persons over 18
Talkback discussion following the film led by Rabbi Ahuva Zaches
The 9th Annual Israeli Film Festival is sponsored by Weinstein Properties. It will run January 9 – 13 at the Weinstein JCC.
Festival Concessions are sponsored by Risa and Jay Levine
The ReelAbilities 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.
This year's festival will take place February 6-10. See below for this year's films!
Thank you to this year's Community Partners:
Art on Wheels
Autism Society of Central Virginia
The Byrd Theatre
The Choice Group
Commonwealth Community Trust
Friendship Circle of VA
Greater Richmond ARC
#If You Could See Me
Jewish Family Services
Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
The Virginia Home