REEL MATTERS: HEROS, HAPPENINGS AND ISSUES

Join us throughout the year for this four part film series bringing films and speakers that are of interest to our community.

 

ROSENWALD

Directed by Aviva Kempner, USA, 2015, 90 min.
The incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century. Some of these schools were located in Palm Beach County.

Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists. Because of his modesty, Rosenwald’s philanthropy and social activism are not well known today. He gave away $62 million in his lifetime.

Tickets for Rosenwald:
Cinema Circle and Director Level Film Society: Complimentary
Actor Level Film Society: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00
Tuesday, November 29  •   Mandel JCC, Boynton Beach | 7:00pm

Wednesday, November 30  •  Mandel JCC, Palm Beach Gardens | 7:00pm


Our Tribute to Israel’s Warrior for Peace

 

THE PRICE OF KINGS: SHIMON PERES

Directed by Joanna Natasegara & Richard Symons; U.K. 2012, 77 min. English.
Shimon Peres was the last of the "Founding Fathers" of Israel and the world's oldest standing leader. But despite winning the Nobel Peace Prize, the state of Israel he so passionately helped to build remains at war. In front of the camera, Peres speaks about the mistakes he committed, the grief he felt after the infamous assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, and the compromises he was forced to make, helping us answer the questions, "what is leadership?" The documentary is narrated by Helena Bonham-Carter. “Uncompromising” Huffington Post

The Donald M Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival considers this film a fascinating portrait with remarkable insight and access to Shimon Peres.However, we are aware that there are some scenes and views in the film which could be considered controversial.

Tickets for The Price of Kings: Shimon Peres:
Cinema Circle and Director Level Film Society: Complimentary
Actor Level Film Society: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00
Tuesday, December 6  •   Mandel JCC, Boynton Beach | 7:00pm

Wednesday, December 7  •  Mandel JCC, Palm Beach Gardens | 7:00pm


A Tribute to Gene Wilder


Join us for a special festival kickoff evening, luscious dessert reception by Starz Bakery, and a live Klezmer performance!

 

THE FRISCO KID

Director: Robert Aldrich, USA, 1979, 119 min; Yiddish, Hebrew, English
Rabbi Avram Belinsky (Gene Wilder) lands in Philadelphia intending to travel to San Francisco, where he plans on starting a synagogue. Quickly relieved of his belongings by a group of con artists, Avram optimistically sets out alone on foot toward the Wild West. He gets into one scrape after another until he is rescued, in a way, by a compassionate horseman named Tommy (Harrison Ford). Unfortunately, Tommy may not be quite as heroic as he seems, and it is still a long way to California.

Tickets for The Frisco Kid (includes the reception + performance + film):
Star Arts Patron, Cinema Circle, and Director Film Society: Complimentary
Actor Level Film Society: $30.00
General Admission: $36.00
Tuesday, January 10  •  Mandel JCC, Palm Beach Gardens | 6:00pm