National Geographic’s
A Movie Presentation

Thursday, April 23 | 6:00pm & 8:00pm
The Giant Screen Theater at the Virginia Aquarium
Reception at 7:00pm with light refreshments, catered by the Village Caterers

Celebrate Israel’s Birthday, Yom Ha’atzmaut, by viewing a presentation sure to attract
people of all ages and backgrounds throughout Hampton Roads.
JERUSALEM immerses audiences into one of the world’s most beloved cities.
Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions through
the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families.
JERUSALEM is a unique and stunning cinematic experience,
presented by National Geographic and narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

In partnership with The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Alma* & Howard Laderberg
Program support from the Community Relations Council of the UJFT

Tickets can be purchased at the JCC front desk: 757-321-2338
Tickets $18 / $15 JCC member

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

 January 17, 2015 – January 25, 2015

*of Blessed Memory
2015 JFF-Web Image

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.Full Festival Pass – Opening Night Film and Reception are included in the Full Festival Pass in addition to the 6 films throughout the week and the Closing reception.
Date/Time Film/ Description
Sat. Jan, 177:30pmDoors open at 6:45 pmSandler Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Market Street, Virginia Beach.

Reception following film.

Above and Beyond. Directed by Roberta Grossman, Produced by Nancy Spielberg.Ms. Grossman will lead a brief discussion after the film before the reception.2014|USA|89 minutes|In English and Hebrew with English subtitles.The first major feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen in the ’48 War, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. This ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery, sacrifice and renewed Jewish pride.

Opening Night Film and reception sponsored by Patricia and Avraham Ashkenazi.

Special thanks to Leslie Siegel for Opening Night reception décor.

Dining delight with heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts elegantly catered by Village Caterers.


Sunday, January 182:00pmTCC Roper Performing Arts Center, 340 Granby Street, Norfolk 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus. Directed by Steven Pressman2013|USA|64 minutes|EnglishA Philadelphia couple managed to transfer unused visas to Jewish children trapped in the Third Reich in the spring of 1939. Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus embarked on a risky and unlikely mission, traveling into the heart of Nazi Germany, rescuing 50 Jewish children from Vienna and bringing them to the United States.Director Steven Pressman will lead a live discussion after the film, where he will also present his same titled book.


Sunday, January 182:00pmBeth Sholom Village, 6401 Auburn Dr., Virginia Beach The Lady in Number 6. Directed by Malcolm Clarke2014|Poland|37 minutes|EnglishFree ScreeningThe Lady in Number 6 is the inspirational and uplifting story of 109 year old Alice Herz Sommer, the world’s oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor. She shares her story on how to achieve a long and happy life. She discusses the importance of music, laughter and how to have an optimistic outlook on life.


Monday, January 1910:30amSimon Family JCC, 5000 Corporate Woods Dr., Virginia Beach An American TailFree ScreeningThis critically acclaimed full-length animated triumph chronicles the wide-eyed adventures of a courageous little mouse named Fievel Mousekewitz. Come see it at the J when your kids are out of school!
Tuesday, January 207:00pmBeach Movie Bistro, 941 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach Zero Motivation. Directed by Talya Lavie2014|Israel|100 minutes|Hebrew with English subtitlesThe Human Resources Office at a remote desert base serves as the setting for this cast of characters who bide their time pushing paper and battling in computer games, counting down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. Amidst their boredom and clashing personalities, issues of commitment – to friendship, love, and country – are handled with humor and sharp-edged wit in this zany, dark, and comedic portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers. 
Thursday, January 227:00pmNaro Cinema, 1507 Colley Avenue, Norfolk 24 Days. Directed by Alexandre Arcady2014|France|109 minutes|French with English subtitles24 Days is the gripping, shocking tale of modern-day anti-Semitism based on the 2006 kidnapping of Ilan Halimi, a Parisian Jew, by a suburban gang who, believing all Jews are rich, demanded a huge ransom. This taut French drama follows the police and the frightened Halimi family for 24 days on the track of the kidnappers. Discussion after the film with area Rabbis and Alan Ronkin, a special guest from the AJC in Washington, DC and an expert on Anti-Semitism. 
Saturday, January 247:00pmTCC Roper Performing Arts Center, 340 Granby Street, Norfolk
Cupcakes. Directed by Eytan Fox2013|Israel|92 minutes|Hebrew with English subtitlesWhen a group of best friends in Tel Aviv gather to watch ‘UniverSong’, they are less than impressed by the official Israeli entry. Believing that they can do better, they spontaneously create and record their own song on a mobile phone. Little do they know, their performance is seen by the ‘UniverSong’ judges and soon they are reluctantly thrown into the spotlight as Israel’s next official entry. With a soundtrack provided by Babydaddy from Scissor Sisters, this hilarious comedy is a refreshing ode to music and friendship. 
Sunday, January 255:30 pmClosing Night Film Reception followed by filmTCC Roper Performing Arts Center|340 Granby Street, Norfolk The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. Directed by Ted Kotcheff1974|USA|120 minutesThe younger son of a working-class Jewish family in Montreal, Duddy Kravitz yearns to make a name for himself in society. This film chronicles his short and dubious rise to power, as well as his changing relationships with family and friends. Along the way the film explores the themes of anti-semitism and the responsibilities which come with adulthood.An Oscar nominated film, this is the annual selection of esteemed local critic Mal Vincent, who will be on hand to lead a lively discussion before the film. Be sure to come at 5:30 to enjoy the reception which precedes the film, elegantly catered by TCC Culinary Arts Students.



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.

When you click below to access, a portion of your purchases will be donated to the Cultural Arts department!