Laugh out loud, reconnect with Israel and reflect on Jewish life and the human experience with films at the JCCGW. Films are as diverse as the JCCGW itself, produced and directed by a bevy of international talent from around the globe, including Israel and the U.S.
Featuring both features and documentaries, films are shown in the JCCGW’s Gildenhorn/Speisman Center for the Arts’ intimate Kreeger Auditorium, a fully equipped theater that seats up to 290 and boasts a 30-foot-wide proscenium, full sound, lighting, and video projection capabilities.
Thursday, April 23 | 7 p.m.
Celebrate Yom Haatzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) by attending our screening of the brand-new feature length documentary, Above and Beyond. The film is produced by Nancy Spielberg and directed by Roberta Grossman, with a score by Hans Zimmer. This is the incredible story of a group of American Jewish soldiers who gained their fighting chops in World War II, and then came forward to help the fledgling State of Israel in 1948.
Monday, May 11 | 7 p.m.
The birth of modern standup comedy began in the Catskill Mountains – a boot camp for the greatest generation of Comedians.
Why are there so many Jewish comedians? When Comedy Went to School answers this question with an entertaining portrait of this country’s greatest generation of comics – the generation that includes the likes of Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, and Jerry Stiller, all of whom make appearances in the film, sharing hilarious and personal experiences. The answer is also found in upstate New York’s Catskill Mountains, aka the Borscht Belt, where Jewish immigrants transformed lush farmland into the 20th century’s largest resort complex. Those Catskill hotels and bungalow colonies provided the setting for a remarkable group of young Jewish-American comedians to hone their craft and become worldwide legends. It was truly When Comedy Went to School.
Filmmaker Q&As, Group Events & More
The JCCGW hosts a variety of film-related events, including filmmaker/director Q&As, post-film “talkbacks,” and more. Group events are also available, each tailored to your group’s specific needs, including the opportunity to participate in introductions and talkbacks.
Questions about films and the arts at the JCCGW? Interested in scheduling a group event? Contact us!