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.

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!

Washington Jewish Film Festival

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The Washington Jewish Film Festival is as a program of the Washington DC Jewish Community Center.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016 | 7:30 p.m. | Purchase Tickets

Dir. Lee Gilat (98 min, Israel, 2014)
Hebrew with English Subtitles
DC Premiere

A 13-year-old growing up in a working class Moroccan-Israeli community, Aharon is having a tough time. His father is distant; bullies hound him on the street; and the girl of his adolescent dreams barely knows he exists. When he is chosen to carry the Torah scrolls for Simchat Torah, however, his streak of bad luck seems over, but chosen for this honor soon exposes yet greater family tensions and unwelcomed responsibilities. A sensational story of empowerment, triumph over loss and coming-of-age. Starring Assi Levy (Aviva My Love) and Lior Ashkenazi (Walk on Water, Eli and Ben, Footnote).

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 | 11:30 a.m. | Purchase Tickets

Dir. Yari Wolinsky and Cary Wolinsky (85 min, USA/Poland, 2014)
Polish with English Subtitles
DC Premiere

Inspired by images of magnificent wooden synagogues in 18th century Poland – the last of which were destroyed by the Nazis – artists Rick and Laura Brown set out to reconstruct a replica of the stunning, mural-covered Gwozdziec synagogue. Working with a team of 300 artisans and students from around the world, using only period hand tools and techniques, the Browns finally realize their dream. This remarkable 10-year project is set against the backdrop of a 1,000- year history of Polish Jews.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 | 1:30 p.m. | Purchase Tickets

Dir. Gayle Kirschenbaum (84 min, USA/India/France, 2015)
DC Premiere

Gayle Kirschenbaum is unmarried, artistic, and independent – not to mention the one with the big nose. With a mother as loudly critical as hers, the wounds dated back to childhood. The two women take a trip to India together, sign up for the same dating site, and even seek out couples’ therapy. With tear-stained laughter, they hope to understand one another, to find common ground, and perhaps even forgiveness, before it’s too late. *Director Gayle Kirschenbaum will be in attendance at this screening.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 | 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
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The discussion will be kicked off with the incisive and powerful documentary, Women in Sink, and followed by a panel discussion between two leading shared society advocates from Israel. Reem Younis, co-founder of Nazareth-based global high-tech company Alpha Omega and role model for Israeli Arab entrepreneurial success, will be joined by Tziona Koenig-Yair, Israel’s first Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner. Conversation moderated by Rabbi Sid Schwarz, co-chair of the Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues.