Jewish Federation’s Israel Film Festival brings some of Israel’s most entertaining cinema to venues throughout Bergen County. 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), Lauri Bader, Susan Benkel, Ariella Drori, Nancy Eichenbaum, Etti Inbal, Nina Kampler, Donna Kissler, Joan Krieger, Lynn Karpo-Lantz, Gail Loewenstein, Jo Resnick Rosen,
Marian Salamon, Ava Silverstein, Wendy Zuckerberg

SCAFFOLDING פיגומים

Wednesday, October 31 @ 7:30 pm

In this deeply moving drama, a simple life becomes complicated when a high school literature teacher challenges an impulsive, troublemaking student to open his mind and test his boundaries. Nominated for eight Israeli Academy Awards.

Teaneck Cinemas, 503 Cedar Lane, Teaneck

90 Minutes, Hebrew with Subtitles

OUTDOORS בית בגליל

Monday, November 5 @ 7:30 pm

Gili and Yaara decide to leave their small apartment in the city for a fresh start, building a house in the countryside of the Galilee where Yaara grew up. But while their dream house is being built, they realize that the foundation of their relationship is in danger of collapsing. Nominated for an Israeli Academy Award.

Wayne YMCA, 1 Pike Drive, Wayne

80 Minutes, Hebrew with Subtitles

HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL

Tuesday, November 6 @ 7:30 pm

This documentary charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. Thanks to the WBC’s rules on eligibility, their line-up included several Jewish American Major League players — Ike Davis, Josh Zeid and ex-Braves catcher Ryan Lavarnway — many of whom hadn’t had much exposure to Judaism, let alone been to Israel. Their odyssey takes them from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, where they are greeted as heroes, to Seoul where they must debunk their has-been, wannabe reputations. As their “Mensch on a Bench” mascot tags along, the team does much soul-searching, discovering the pride of representing Israel on the world stage.

Warner Theater, 190 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood

92 Minutes, English

PLUS BONUS SHORT: GETTING SERIOUS אוברדוס

A romantic comedy about a moderately orthodox young man who, when he meets the girl of his dreams, pretends to be more religious than he is in order to impress her.

20 Minutes, Hebrew with Subtitles

THE TESTAMENT העדות

Thursday, November 8 @ 7:30 pm

A dedicated and principled Orthodox historian is leading a legal battle against Holocaust deniers in Austria when he discovers a family secret that shakes his faith, but not his commitment to the truth. This sharp thriller depicts an honorable man caught in a moral quandary which could ruin his personal and professional life.

Teaneck Cinemas, 503 Cedar Lane, Teaneck

96 Minutes, Hebrew and German with Subtitles

BENEATH THE SILENCE הלומים

Tuesday, November 13 @ 7:30 pm

Six years after returning from the Six Day War, Menashe realizes he will never be the man he used to be. He can’t communicate with his surroundings or his family. At a time when PTSD is not yet recognized as a medical condition, his wife, Daphna, struggles to get help from the military, while 10-year-old Shlomi tries to understand what happened to his father and why he is different.

Teaneck Cinemas, 503 Cedar Lane, Teaneck

110 Minutes, Hebrew with Subtitles

PLUS BONUS SHORT: STANDUP סטנד-אפ

Dudi is studying to become a school teacher. His wife doesn’t know that he really spends most of his time trying to be a stand-up comic. When his friends from the Yeshiva find out what he is doing, Dudi needs to decide whether to tell his wife or keep his dream alive.

25 Minutes, Hebrew with Subtitles

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SHELTER מסתור

Wednesday, November 14 @ 7:30 pm
Warner Theater, 190 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood

A Mossad agent is sent on a mission to protect a Lebanese informer who is recovering from plastic surgery. What should be an easy assignment, quickly turns into a labyrinth of espionage and intrigue inside a safe house. In the complexities of a torn world, nothing is safe, nobody is secure and everyone is searching for shelter. Nominated for two Israeli Academy Awards.

Thursday, November 15 @ 7:30 pm
United Synagogue of Hoboken, 115 Park Ave, Hoboken

93 Minutes, Hebrew, English, Arabic with Subtitles

THE CAKEMAKER האופה מברלין

Sunday, November 11 @ 7:30 pm
Hamilton House, 255 Brunswick Street, Jersey City

Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who has frequent business visits in Berlin. When Oren dies in a car crash in Israel, Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking answers. Concealing his identity, Thomas infiltrates the life of Anat, his lover’s newly widowed wife. To protect the truth, he will stretch his lie to a point of no return. Nominated for eight Israeli Academy Awards.

Sunday, November 18 @ 7:30 pm
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly

with Special Guest
Erez Perry, Artistic Director Cinema South International Film Festival

105 Minutes, Hebrew, German, English with Subtitles

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • All ticket sales are final. No exchanges. No returns.
  • Paper ticket not required, check-in at the door
  • General seating for all films
  • Doors open at 6:30 pm
  • 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
  • Limited tickets available at the door
  • All programs subject to change
  • For more information, please contact Joyce Greenberg at joyceg@jfnnj.org or 201-820-3907

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.