Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film

by | Jan 22, 2018 | Other News

25 | Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film
presented by Alma & Howard Laderberg* and Patricia & Avraham Ashkenazi
continues through Sunday, Jan. 28

National and international films, classics, and dramas featuring award-winning Jewish writers, actors, and filmmakers, are being shown around Tidewater during the 25th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film. Guest speakers accompany some films.

Monday, Jan. 22, 7:15 pm
Naro Expanded Cinema
In his 9th annual pick, local movie critic Mal Vincent chooses the classic 1966 film, Cabaret. Prior to the film, Vincent will recount stories and juicy Hollywood gossip of the film and stars including award-winning actress Liza Minnelli.


Tuesday, Jan. 23, 7:15 pm
Simon Family JCC
While many films exist about the Holocaust, few detail its aftermath when Jewish residents returned home to find their belongings and family heirlooms had been taken by neighbors and Nazis. The international film, 1945, dives into a small Hungarian town and the paranoia surrounding the return of two Orthodox Jews.


Keep the Change
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 7:15 pm
Zeiders American Theater
In Rachel Israel’s Tribeca Film Festival award-winning romantic comedy Keep the Change, two strangers go to their local JCC to attend a support group for adults living with disabilities. The connection between David and Sarah embodies the joys and struggles of uniqueness and navigating the difficulties of a relationship.


The Pickle Recipe
Thursday, Jan. 25, 7:15 pm
Beach Cinema Alehouse
Enjoy food and drinks while writer/producer Sheldon Cohn of The Pickle Recipe shares the comedic tale of what happens when the only way for a father to gain a favor from an uncle is to steal their family’s most prized possession, his grandmother’s top-secret kosher dill pickle recipe.


Body And Soul: An American Bridge
Saturday, Jan. 27, 7:15 pm
Harbor Club
(Free for seniors on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 12 pm, Simon Family JCC. Lunch included.)
The story of one of the most popular songs in the jazz repertoire, Body And Soul: An American Bridge illustrates the complex musical interplay between Jewish and African-American cultures. Following the film, a jazz trio from the Governor’s School for the Arts will entertain.


Animal House
Sunday, Jan 28, 7:15 pm
Naro Expanded Cinema 1507 Colley Avenue, Norfolk
Discussion before the film with Lorraine Wright, Kenny Morris, and Susan Katz, widow, friend, and sister of local born actor and comedian, Stephen Furst(stein).
When they arrive at college, socially inept freshmen Larry and Kent attempt to pledge the snooty Omega Theta Pi House, but are summarily rejected. Lowering their standards, they try the notoriously rowdy Delta Tau Chi House, and get in. The trouble is, the college dean has it in for the Deltas. He has put them on “Double Secret Probation” and secretly assigned Omega’s president the task of having their charter revoked.


Purchase tickets (Saturday $15, all others are $10) and passes online at, at the JCC customer service desk, or by calling 757-321-2338.

*of blessed memory


Major support from Palms Associates and Old Point National Bank • Additional support from Route 58 Delicatessen

Presented by Simon Family JCC and United Jewish Federation of Tidewater