Jewish Federation’s Israel Film Festival brings some of Israel’s most entertaining cinema to venues throughout northern New Jersey. Our goal is to enrich the American view of Israeli society, life and culture and to strengthen community and personal connections to Israel.

Committee Suzette Diamond (Chair), Diana Allen, Lauri Bader, Susan Benkel, Nancy Eichenbaum, Etti Inbal, Nina Kampler, Donna Kissler, Lynn Karpo-Lantz, Gail Loewenstein, Jo Resnick Rosen, Marian Salamon, Ava Silverstein, Nancy Weiner, Wendy Zuckerberg

Patrons of the Israel Film Festival

Diana and George Allen

Marian and Jon Salamon

Sponsors of the Israel Film Festival

The Silverstein Family

Founded by Rina Levy

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This program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Bergen County Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Love in Suspenders

אהבה בשלייקס

Monday, November 4 @ 7:30 pm
Wayne YMCA, 1 Pike Drive, Wayne

Wednesday, November 13 @ 7:30 pm — SOLD OUT
Teaneck Cinemas, 503 Cedar Lane, Teaneck

This sentimental, funny and touching romantic comedy, explores the relationship between Tami, a 60ish widow, optimistic and always smiling, living comfortably in a beautiful retirement home and Beno, a grouchy widower in his 70’s struggling to pay his rent. Tami and Beno are complete opposites, but love has its own rules!

102 Minutes, Hebrew with Subtitles

The Unorthodox

הבלתי רשמיים

Thursday, November 7 @ 7:30 pm — SOLD OUT
Teaneck Cinemas 503 Cedar Lane, Teaneck

When Yakov Cohen finds out that his daughter was expelled from her high school because of her ethnicity he decides that enough is enough. With a pair of friends, a lot of anger, and little money, Cohen sets out to form a movement to empower all Sephardic Jews and to fight the injustice of prejudice. Set in 1983, this film is an emotional depiction of the humble beginnings of the “Shas” political party, along with their rise to power as well as their fall to corruption. This is a poignant, often comic and often nostalgic, recounting of Shas’ unbelievable story.

92 Minutes, Hebrew with Subtitles

In the News

Shoelaces

שרוכים

Monday, November 11 @ 7:30 pm
Warner Theater, 190 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood

Shoelaces traces the complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs son. Reuben’s kidneys are failing, and his son Gadi wants to donate one of his own kidneys to help save his father’s life. However, the transplant committee objects to the procedure, claiming that Rueben, acting as Gadi’s sole legal guardian, does not have the right to authorize such an invasive procedure. Gadi, who recently lost his mother, is afraid of losing his father as well. He feels he finally has the chance to do something meaningful; to become a man and stand on his own. He’s furious with the committee’s decision and sets out to fight for his right to save his father’s life. Through the film’s portrayal of a relationship full of love, rejection, and co-dependency, Shoelaces ponders the importance of human life and human connection.

Nominated for 8 Ophir awards (Israeli Academy Awards), including Best Picture. Winner, Best Supporting Actor

90 Minutes, Hebrew with Subtitles

In the News

The Other Story

סיפור אחר

Tuesday, November 12 @ 7:30 pm
AMC Newport Centre 11, 30-300 Mall Drive West, Jersey City

Sunday, November 17 @ 7:30 pm
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly

From renowned Israeli director Avi Nesher. Family disputes and conspiracies take center stage in this drama, which explores the divide between Israel’s secular and ultra-orthodox Jews. Renouncing the hedonism of her Jerusalem youth, obstinate Anat devotes herself to a pure life and the study of Torah. Her upcoming marriage to Shahar, a secular pop star-turned-devoted Hasid, is the final straw, as her divorced secular parents and grandfather scheme to foil the nuptials. Amid rising tensions and shifting alliances, no one has a monopoly on virtue, as multi-layered plots converge with unexpected consequences. This universal tale of broken relationships and forgiveness masterfully weaves its many threads with poignant, gently humorous performances by a stellar cast.

112 Minutes, Hebrew with Subtitles

In the News

Shooting Life

הסוסיתא של הרצל

Tuesday, November 19 @ 7:30 pm
Teaneck Cinemas 503 Cedar Lane, Teaneck

Yigal accepts a position teaching filmmaking to high school students in Sderot, near the Gaza border where air raid sirens and missile attacks are ubiquitous. Though they’re slow to warm to him, he gains his students’ trust by coaxing them to film their own life stories. Technology, education, personal growth and true humanity intersect. But Yigal’s fervent commitment to honest self-expression leads some students into conflict with their parents, and puts him at odds with his school principal. Get a feel for what life is like for the people who live in this unique and charming border town, constantly under the threat of rocket fire.

84 Minutes, Hebrew with Subtitles

Fractures

סדקים

Thursday, November 21 @ 7:30 pm
Warner Theater, 190 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood

One day. One marriage. One accusation that changes everything. A timely #MeToo film that raises many universal questions, feelings and dilemmas women and men are dealing with everywhere today. A distinguished professor and his wife live a quiet, happily married life. However, in the course of a day, the stability of their marriage is ripped out from under them when a former student comes forward to the police and accuses the professor of sexual coercion. Although he rejects her claims outright, the evidence appears indisputable. As the case moves forward, everyone must decide how to navigate their own truths, while considering how their actions could have repercussions on their families, careers, and reputations. Fractures is a searing drama that exposes the consequences of an accusation and the shattering effect it has on everyone involved.

82 Minutes, Hebrew with Subtitles

General Information

  • Tickets are $12 in advance and $18 at the door.
  • Limited tickets available at the door.
  • All tickets are final. No exchanges. No returns.
  • Paper ticket not required, check-in at the door.
  • General seating for all films.
  • Tickets for weekday shows available for purchase until noon the day of the screening.
  • Tickets for Sunday shows available for purchase until noon the Friday before the screening.
  • All programs subject to change.
  • For more information, please contact Joyce Greenberg at joyceg@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3907.