The 22nd Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg

 January 17, 2015 – January 25, 2015

*of Blessed Memory
Film Festival

The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film celebrates and supports International Jewish film and filmmakers, presenting the newest and best films worldwide. The Festival brings together community and provides entertainment and education through various film genres.

For additional information, contact Michele Goldberg, Director of Cultural Arts at 757-321-2341

Many thanks to everyone for our continued successful Film Festivals!
Please be sure to thank our sponsors, whose generosity help make the Film Festival possible.


Ida PosterSummertime Movie at the Naro

The Simon Family JCC and the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg, are co-sponsoring a screening of Ida, on Sunday, July 13th at 7:15pm at the Naro Cinema.

The film, Ida, is a drama by Pawel Pawlikowski set in Poland in the 1960′s. The story involves Anna, a young novice, who is hoping to take her vows within the convent community that has been her home since childhood.  Believing she was an orphan, Anna is surprised to discover that she still has a blood relative. The journey to visit this relative excavates family secrets which reveal hidden identities.  The confrontation between the two women illuminate the painful choices and complex moral questions faced by many in order to survive the disastrous, war torn years in Poland’s history.

The film is beautiful and provocative, perhaps a masterpiece of its genre. The showing of Ida is part of Naro’s monthly Faith in Films series, hosted by Rev. Scott Hennessy of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  The JCC’s guest co-host for Ida will be Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg of Ohef Sholom Temple. Visit for more information.