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.

Thou Shalt LoveAnd Thou Shalt Love

Tuesday, April 14 | 7 p.m.

Ohad, a young orthodox Jew, tries to extinguish his homosexual tendencies. But when his boyfriend returns from the army, he finds he can no longer evade his feelings and questions within himself, and between himself and God.

The film will be followed by an open discussion from different community perspectives.

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Save The Date for Contemporary Israeli Film Series:

June 3 at 7:00 p.m., Stand At Ease

Amy Stiller Jerry Stiller (2)When Comedy Went To School

Wednesday, April 22 | 7 p.m.
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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!