Wednesday, March 22 through Sunday, March 26


The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is pleased to partner with Seaside Jewish Community in presenting the second annual Rehoboth Beach Jewish Film Festival. The mission of this event is "to deepen awareness of Jewish cultures and experiences, and to explore community differences and commonalities through the art of film."

Download the 2017 Jewish Film Festival Program here.


Special thanks to the following sponsors of the
Rehoboth Beach Jewish Film Festival:

Premier Sponsor

Supporting Sponsors

 

Note: To respect the Jewish Sabbath, Seaside Jewish Community is not hosting the films on Friday night or Saturday afternoon.

 

Pre-Festival Event

FOCUS

Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 pm

Admission: $5 per person. Reservations can be purchased online here or by calling the office, 302-645-9095. If not sold out, admission will be available at the door.

Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes map 

Lawrence Newman is a meek ordinary Presbyterian who can trace his ancestry back to the18th century. He hasn’t experienced a day of trouble in his cautious life until he gets a new pair of glasses and suddenly everyone – including his own mother – decides he “looks Jewish.” When he and his new wife become the focus of his neighbors' prejudice, Newman is faced with a choice, go down as a coward or take a chance at becoming the unlikeliest of heroes. Set in a stylized Brooklyn during the waning months of WW ll, Focus is based on the 1945 novel by playwright Arthur Miller. Nominated for numerous film festival awards, it earned the Human Rights Award from the U.A. Political Film Society and William Macy's performance earned him the Best Actor prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2002. In his film review for the Minneapolis Star Tribune Jeff Strickler said, “It serves as a forceful reminder of how small a difference there can be between unity and bigotry.” [2001, USA, Runtime: 106 minutes, PG-13]

Film Host: This film is hosted by the Hank Smith family and is dedicated to all those who’ve experienced anti-Semitism or prejudice of any kind and to those who refuse to allow an anti-Semitic or racist remark to go unchallenged.

Discussion: A post film discussion will be led by Professor Eric Zakim. Professor Zakim is director of the Film Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park and holds other core faculty appointments there most notably in the Graduate Field Committee in Middle East Studies and the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies. His research and teaching focus primarily on modern Hebrew literature and Israeli culture.

 

 

Pre-Festival Event

BREAKFAST CONVERSATION

(Please Note: This is not a film screening)

Friday, March 17 at 10:00 am 

Location: Lewes Library, 111 Adams Avenue, Lewes, DE 19958 (map)

Admission: $10 (includes lite refreshments and presentation). Pre-registration is required due to limited seating. Reservations can be purchased online here or by calling the office, 302-645-9095 Please note that tickets are nonrefundable.

A breakfast conversation with Professor Eric Zakim will take place from 10:00 to 11:30 am. The topic will be American Jewish Film: Race, Assimilation and Jewish Identity.

 

 

IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE

Wednesday, March 22 at 3:30 PM

Admission: $10 per person. Reservations can be purchased online here or by calling the office, 302-645-9095. If not sold out, admission will be available at the door.

Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes map 

In this gastronomical expedition through the most dynamic food scene in the world, celebrity restaurateur, Michael Solomonov returns to his homeland to put a face on the food culture of Israel. From street markets and family kitchens to some of the most elite eateries in Tel Aviv, the filmmaker follows Michael as he discusses traditions, ingredients, and the origins and future of Israeli cuisine. Featuring interviews with chefs, home cooks, cheese makers, and vintners from the more than 100 cultures that make up Israeli today, Solomonov is the perfect guide on this culinary adventure. [2016, USA, Runtime: 120 minutes, Not Rated]

Film Host: This film hosted by Fran and Mike Saltzman

 

 

 

israeli cuisine dinner

Wednesday, March 22 at 6:00 PM

Enjoy a dinner that explores the taste of authentic flavors of Israeli’s cultural heritage at Fish On. The chef will prepare family style tapas that are sure to stimulate your taste buds. Come with a friend or meet new friends as you share a delicious dinner and conversation.

Cost:
$55 (includes gratuity)
$65 (includes gratuity and admission to In Search of Israeli Cuisine screening.)

Reservations can be purchased online here or by calling the office, 302-645-9095.

Note: At the time of printing of the program, alcohol beverages will be available on a cash bar basis.

Location: Fish On Restaurant located at 17300 N. Village Main Blvd, Lewes (map)

 

 

 

FEVER AT DAWN

Thursday, March 23 at 4:00 pm

Admission: $10 per person. Reservations can be purchased online here or by calling the office, 302-645-9095. If not sold out, admission will be available at the door.

Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes map 

When 25-year-old Mikos, recently released from a concentration camp, is told he has six months to live, he refuses to accept his prognosis. Instead, he starts a letter writing campaign to Hungarian girls living in the Swedish rehabilitation camps, looking for a wife. Lili, bedridden and bored, receives one of his letters and begins a formal communication. Based on the original love notes written by the filmmaker’s parents, (ninety-six in all), Fever at Dawn is a life affirming film about a young couple overcoming obstacles to get on with the business of living. [2016, Israel/Switzerland/Hungary, Runtime: 114 minutes, In Hungarian and Hebrew with English subtitles, Not Rated]

Film Host: This film hosted by Roberta H. Bass in memory of her dearly departed husband, Michael S. Bass.

 

 

BESA: THE PROMISE

Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 pm

Admission: $10 per person. Reservations can be purchased online here or by calling the office, 302-645-9095. If not sold out, admission will be available at the door.

Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes map 

Besa: The Promise is the never-before-told story of how Albania – a small European Muslim nation – opened its borders to Jewish refugees, even as it endured a brutal Nazi occupation. Honoring the traditional custom of hospitality known as Besa, the lives of nearly 2,000 Jewish men, women and children were saved. It is the only European nation to emerge from the Second World War with a population of Jewish citizens greater than at the beginning. This powerful human drama challenges some of the most fundamental assumptions about the hostility between Islam and Judaism. [2012, USA, Runtime: 90 minutes, Not Rated]

Film Host: This film hosted by the Thomas Merton Society Interfaith Chapter of Southern Delaware.

The production of Besa: The Promise was underwritten by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

 

 

THE PEOPLE VS FRITZ BAUER

Friday, March 24 at 12:30 pm

Admission: $10 per person. Reservations can be purchased online here or by calling the office, 302-645-9095. If not sold out, admission will be available at the door.

Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes map 

The film opens in 1957 Frankfurt. Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of SS Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann. Eichmann is allegedly hiding in Buenos Aires. The information is persuasive but if he takes it to the German authorities, it's likely Eichmann will be warned and will flee. Instead, Bauer contacts the Israeli secret service Mossad committing treason in the process. This tenacious historical thriller dramatizes the obstacles set in Bauer’s way as he tries to force a post-WWII Germany to confront its troubled past. [2015, Germany, 105 minutes, German, English, Yiddish, Spanish with English subtitles, Not Rated]

Film Host: This film hosted by Kathy Jackson and Jacob Lapides in memory of all the Jews who lost their lives due to the Holocaust.

Discussion: A post film discussion will be led by Mike Saltzman.

 

 

SABENA HIJACKING: MY VERSION

Friday, March 24 at 3:30 pm

Saturday, March 25 at 4:00 pm

Admission: $10 per person. Reservations can be purchased online here or by calling the office, 302-645-9095. If not sold out, admission will be available at the door.

Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes map 

On May 8, 1972, four hijackers from the Palestinian organization "Black September" took control of Belgian Sabena Flight 571 from Brussels to Tel Aviv. The hijacking marked the beginning of thirty terrifying hours of human, military and political drama inside and outside of the plane. Weaved with archival material including interviews with Benjamin Netanyahu, Simon Peres and Ehud Barak, future Israeli leaders who were involved with ending the crisis, this captivating docu-drama poses significant questions about the seeds and legacy of political terrorism. [2015, Israel, Runtime: 99 minutes, In Arabic / Hebrew / English with English sub-titles, Not Rated]

Film Hosts: Friday's screening hosted by Bud and Carol Simon.

Saturday's screening hosted by Elsa Goldstein, MD.

 

MOOS

Friday, March 24 at 7:00 pm

Admission: $10 per person. Reservations can be purchased online here or by calling the office, 302-645-9095. If not sold out, admission will be available at the door.

Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes map 

Twenty-something Moos has always dreamed of going to acting school but instead stayed in her hometown to care for her grieving father. Her life consists of cooking, cleaning and helping out in the family’s fabric shop. But when a childhood friend arrives unexpectedly, Moos gets the nudge she needs to reexamine her life and the choices she’s made. This charming and contemporary comedy is an inspiring tale of a young girl’s search to find her voice and, in the process, herself. [2016, Netherlands, Runtime: 91 minutes, In Dutch with English subtitles, Not Rated]

Film Host: This film hosted by Rochelle Cohen.

 

 

EVERY FACE HAS A NAME

Saturday, March 25 at 1:00 pm

Admission: $10 per person. Reservations can be purchased online here or by calling the office, 302-645-9095. If not sold out, admission will be available at the door.

Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes map 

On April 28, 1945 hundreds of survivors from German concentration camps arrive to the harbor of Malmö, Sweden. Their faces are captured on film as they take their first steps towards freedom. But who are they and what is their story? In this fascinating documentary, filmmaker Magnus Gertten tracks down several of the survivors who watch this footage and re-experience their emotions from that day. The film creates a visual parallel with refugees disembarking in Europe some 70 years later and asks the question, will they too remain nameless faces? [2015, Sweden, Runtime: 73 minutes, In Swedish / Polish /Norwegian/English with English subtitles, Not Rated]  

Film Host: This film hosted by Laura Glenn & Marilyn Kates.

Discussion: A post film discussion will be led by retired Judge Joan Churchill (Ret), U.S. Immigration Court.  Judge Churchill served as Immigration Judge for the United States Immigration Court from 1980 – 2005, during which she adjudicated thousands of cases involving refugee status. Her tenure included five terms as a Temporary Member of the Board of Immigration Appeals.  Before joining the bench, Judge Churchill practiced immigration law and served on the staff of the Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy.  Judge Churchill is a member of Seaside Jewish Community and was President of the National Association of Women Judges.

 

 

 

The Women’s Balcony

Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 pm

Admission: $10 per person. Reservations can be purchased online here or by calling the office, 302-645-9095. If not sold out, admission will be available at the door.

Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes map 

The day of Osher’s bar mitzvah begins joyously in the synagogue with friends and family gathered to celebrate the blessed event. When the women’s balcony collapses and the Rabbi’s distress makes him unable to minister, the men seek out ultra-orthodox Rabbi David to guide them through the reconstruction. Soon the charismatic new rabbi ignites a gender feud in the community driving a wedge between husbands and wives. The Women's Balcony is a good-hearted dramedy of women speaking truth to patriarchal power and a community struggling to balance tradition with progressive values. [2016, Israel, Runtime, 96 minutes, In Hebrew with English subtitle, Not Rated]

Film Host: This film hosted by Marsha Davis in memory of Julianne Dickson.

 

Rosenfeld’s Roadside Jewish Deli food truck will be in the Cinema Art Theater parking lot on Sunday, March 26 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm serving traditional Jewish delicacies including sandwiches, soups, and desserts. Please note – the food truck accepts both cash and credit/debit cards.

 

KEEP QUIET

Sunday, March 26 at 12:00 Noon

Admission: $10 per person. Reservations can be purchased online here or by calling the office, 302-645-9095. If not sold out, admission will be available at the door.

Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes map 

Fanatic in his anti-Semitic rhetoric and Holocaust denials, Csanad Szegedi rises to vice-president of Jobbik, Hungary’s far-right extremist party. Then at the peak of his political career, Szegedi discovers his family has kept a secret for decades – his maternal grandparents are Jewish. Life as Szegedi knows it, is over. Rejected by his party he sets out on a personal journey to embrace his newfound faith. But is the charismatic Szegedi’s transformation evidence of a spiritual awakening or simply the actions of a man who has nowhere else to turn?  Keep Quiet was featured in The 10 Best Movies at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at timeout.com.   [2016, UK/Hungary, Runtime: 90 minutes, In English and Hungarian with English subtitles, Not Rated]  

Film Host: This film hosted by Roberta H. Bass in memory of her Halle and Eisenstein family members who perished at the hands of the Nazis in death camps in Germany.

Discussion: A post film discussion will be moderated by Tom Ledbetter. Tom is a pastoral psychotherapist at Brandywine Pastoral Institute in Lewes where he is in private practice with his wife Donna. He will speak to the religious,psychological and political complexities of the film.

 

 

FANNY’S JOURNEY (LE VOYAGE DE FANNY)

Sunday, March 26 at 3:00 pm

Admission: $10 per person. Reservations can be purchased online here or by calling the office, 302-645-9095. If not sold out, admission will be available at the door.

Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes map 

It’s 1943 and Germany is occupying France. Franny and her younger sisters are sent to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, the children’s caretakers desperately scramble to organize their escape. Suddenly left on their own, courageous Fanny assumes leadership of the group and the youngsters do the impossible to try and reach the Swiss border.  Fanny's Journey is an incredible true story of strength and survival, a story of a brave young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. [2016, France/Belgium, Runtime: 95 minutes, In French with English subtitles, Not Rated]

Film Host: This film hosted by Hank Smith in memory of his wife, Debi Smith. Debi had the same desire to nurture and protect the children she came in contact with whether it be in her role as educator, woman, wife, or mother.