25th Annual VA Festival of Jewish Film presented by Alma* & Howard Laderberg

January 13-20, 2018

More than 1,200 people experienced the diversity of Jewish/ Israeli films offered during Simon Family JCC’s 24th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film presented by Alma* & Howard Laderberg. Seven films, from compelling documentaries to a poignant comedy, were screened at various locations throughout Tidewater.

Opening night featured the documentary, On The Map, with Tal Brody, one of the winning 1977 Maccabi team players who received a standing ovation for his contribution to the world of Israeli sports. This rousing opening of the festival, sponsored by Patricia and Avraham Ashkenazi, with a reception catered by Village Caterers, peaked appetites for more films during the week.


One could hear a pin drop at the screening of Defiant Requiem, as viewers discovered the heroic story of artists and musicians at the concentration camp, Terezin. Later in the week, the audience applauded with delight when the star of the film, Presenting Princess Shaw, Samantha Montgomery, grabbed a microphone and belted out a song after her film.


The plethora of film genres and the talent represented at the Festival continues to expand in step with the community’s interest in sustaining this annual event.

We are very excited about celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the VA Festival of Jewish Film in January, and have plans for a very special and memorable week of films and events. Check back soon for details!



Did you know that by clicking through this Amazon link, a portion of your purchase goes back to the JCC Cultural Arts each and every time?