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Jewish Film Festival

Check below for all the details of the first-ever Jewish Film Festival at the Weinstein JCC!

Jewish Film Festival - Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

Directed by Sam Pollard | 100 min | Documentary | USA

Sammy Davis, Jr. had a career that was legendary, and yet his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory, and was the most public black figure to embrace Judaism, thereby yoking his identity to another persecuted minority. Featuring new interviews and never-before-seen photographs and excerpts from his electric performances, the film explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer.

The Jewish Film Festival is sponsored by The Arenstein Family

Jewish Film Festival - From Philadelphia to the Front

Directed by Marianne Bernstein and Judy Gelles | 37 minutes Documentary | USA

Talk Back led by Dr. Charles Sydnor of the Virginia Holocaust Museum

One of the few documentaries to explore the stories of Jewish-American World War II soldiers, this film focuses on six Philadelphia veterans in their 80's, and their experiences during the war. Combined with photographs from the their experiences during the war, the men's personal collections, the film includes rare archival footage, stills, and newsreels, including Jewish soldiers celebrating Shabbat and Passover during wartime and the first Jewish service at Dachau after it was liberated.

Co-hosted by the 5400 Club

The Jewish Film Festival is sponsored by The Arenstein Family

Jewish Film Festival - RBG

Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen | 97 min | Documentary | USA

Talk Back with RBG acclaimed film director Julie Cohen

At the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a stunning legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans—until now. RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ginsburg‘s exceptional life and career.

The Jewish Film Festival is sponsored by The Arenstein Family

Closing Night Reception sponsored by Stacey and Frank Baum