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The Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival presents a diverse, inspiring lineup of award-winning films and engaging, educational programming that connects to the Jewish and Israeli stories. 

Jewish and Israeli Film Festival

Overview

All ticketing for in-person and virtual events will take place on our Eventive site HERE.

The Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival presents a diverse, inspiring lineup of award-winning films and engaging, educational programming that connects to Jewish and Israeli stories.

The 2024 Festival has a hybrid lineup with each film offered either in-person only or virtual only to allow for viewing in community or from the comfort of your home. There are nine in-person and four virtual film offerings. Each film ticket includes access to film screening and companion special feature, if scheduled.

  • Virtual film showings and companion special features will have a 48-hour watch availability. Please note the specific geographic regions in which each virtual film is available.
  • For in-person film showings and companion special features, please note the specific venue at which each event will take place.
  • These films are not rated and are recommended for mature audiences. Only film, not special feature, runtimes are noted. All times listed are Eastern Time.

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The mission of the Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival is to educate, engage, and create connections within the Jewish community and beyond with the broader Cincinnati community. The Festival presents quality films that broaden and challenge perspectives, entertain, and appeal to a wide audience base. The views and opinions expressed in the films and special events in the Festival are those of the filmmakers or speakers. They do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Mayerson JCC, Festival Committee, staff, board, sponsors, or volunteers. 

Accessibility

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Inclusion@MayersonJCC.org

The Mayerson JCC offers need-based financial assistance in an effort to make JCC programming accessible. Contact Membership@MayersonJCC.org to apply.

2024 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival Program Book

Please view more information about each film and the special events for this year’s Jewish & Israeli Film Festival.

2024 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival Line Up

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Jewish & Israeli Film Festival

Jewish & Israeli Film Festival: Less Than Kosher

Esquire Theatre
This film is part of the Jewish & Israeli Film Festival.
Jewish & Israeli Film Festival

CLOSING NIGHT: The Story of Annette Zelman

Union Terminal
This film is part of the Jewish & Israeli Film Festival.

See below for details of the many years of film festivals for which we have records.

Past Festival Line-Ups

2023

One More Story (Dir. Guri Alfi, 2021)
The Conference (Dir. Matti Geschonneck, 2022)
On This Happy Note (Dir. Tamar Tal Anati, 2021)
Polonsky (Short Film, Dir. Ofir Trainin, 2022)
Upheaval: The Journey of Menachem Begin (Dir. Jonathan Gruber, 2021)
Schächten – A Retribution (Dir. Thomas Roth, 2022)
1341 Frames of Love and War (Dir. Ran Tal, 2022)
Greener Pastures (Dirs. Matan Guggenheim and Assaf Abiri, 2020)
White Eye (Short Film, Dir. Tomer Shushan, 2019)
Rose (Dir. Aurélie Saada, 2021)
Not a Hero (Dir. Rubi Gat, 2021)
Marry Me However (Dir. Mordechai Vardi, 2020)
Periphery (Short Film, Dir. Sara Yacobi-Harris, 2021)
Farewell Mister Haffmann (Dir. Fred Cavayé, 2022)

2022

Persian Lessons (Dir. Vadim Perelman, 2020)
200 Meters (Dir. Ameen Nayfeh, 2020)
Paradise (Short Film, Dir. Asaf Saban, 2021)
Alone Together (Dirs. Kineret Hay-Gillor and Maya Tiberman, 2019)Thou Shalt Not Hate (Dir. Mauro Mancini, 2020)
Masel Tov Cocktail (Short Film, Dirs. Arkadij Khaet and Mickey Paatzsch, 2020)Kiss Me Kosher (Dir. Shirel Peleg, 2020)
With Slight Steps (Short Film, Dir. Guy Hodes, 2019)Here We Are (Dir. Nir Bergman, 2020)Tiger Within (Dir. Rafal Zielinski, 2021)A Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto (Dir. Giulio Base, 2020)With No Land (Dirs. Aalam-Warqe Davidian and Kobi Davidian, 2021)Lune (Dirs. Aviva Armour-Ostroff and Arturo Pérez Torres, 2020)Forgiveness (Dirs. Hanan Savyon and Guy Amir, 2019)A Common Goal (Dir. Shuki Guzik, 2020)

2021

A Cantors Head (Dir. Erik Greenberg Anjou, 2019)
A Jew Walks Into a Bar (Short Film, Dir. Jonathan Miller, 2018)
Sustainable Nation (Dir. Micah Smith, 2019)
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Dir. Caroline Link, 2019)
The Art of Waiting (Dir. Erez Tadmor, 2020)
Torch (Short Film, Dir. Odeya Rosenak, 2017)
Transkids (Dir. Hilla Medalia, 2019)
Asia (Dir. Ruthy Pribar, 2020)
Grey Zone (Short Film, Dir. Gal Sagy, 2019)
They Ain’t Ready for Me (Dir. Brad Rothschild, 2019)
Dina Malul Fights Back (Short Film, Dir. Amit Saragosi, 2019)
Honeymood (Dir. Talya Lavie, 2020)
My Name is Sara (Dir. Steven Oritt, 2019)
Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance (Dir. Shari Rogers, 2020)

2020

The Unorthodox (Dir. Eliran Malka, 2018)Picture of His Life (Dir. Dani Menkin, Yonatan Nir, 2019)
Layam (Short Film, Dir. Assaf Machnes, 2018)Those Who Remained (Dir. Barnabás Tóth, 2019)The Spy Behind Home Plate (Dir. Aviva Kempner, 2019)The Passengers (Dir. Ryan S. Porush, 2019)
I Have a Message for You (Short Film, Dir. Matan Rochlitz, 2017)
How to Swim (Short Film, Dir. Noa Gusakov, 2018)
My Playground (Short Film, Dir. Seth Friedman, 2019)
Gefilte (Short Film, Dir. Rachel Fleit, 2018)
Beneath the Ink (Short Film, Dir. Cy Dodson, 2018)Love in Suspenders (Dir. Jorge Weller, 2019)Aulcie (Dir. Dani Menkin, 2019)Leona (Dir. Isaac Cherem, 2018)Family in Transition (Dir. Ofir Trainin, 2018)Working Woman (Dir. Michal Aviad, 2018)The Mamboniks (Dir. Lex Gillespie, 2019)Witness Theater (Dir. Oren Rudavsky, 2018)Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (Dir. Max Lewkowicz, 2019)

2019

An Act of Defiance (Dir. Jean Van De Velde, 2017)Budapest Noir (Dir. Éva Gárdos, 2017)
A Thousand Kisses (Short Film, Dir. Richard Goldgewicht, 2018)Keep the Change (Dir. Rachel Israel, 2017)
Wendy’s Shabbat (Short Film, Dir. Rachel Myers, 2018)The Last Suit (Dir. Pablo Solarz, 2017)
The Driver is Red (Short Film, Dir. Randall Christopher, 2017)Winter Hunt (Dir. Astrid Schult, 2018)Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story (Dir. Stephane Kaas, 2017)Dear Fredy (Dir. Rubi Gat, 2017)Shelter (Dir. Eran Riklis, 2018)Who Will Write Our History? The Secret Archive of the Warsaw Ghetto (Dir. Roberta Grossman, Exec. Producer Nancy Spielberg, 2018)The Invisibles (Dir. Claus Räfle, 2017)When the Smoke Clears: A Story of Brotherhood, Resilience, and Hope (Dir. Rebecca Shore, 2017)Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds: The Conductor Zubin Mehta (Dir. Bettina Ehrhardt, 2016)Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel (Dirs. Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger, 2018)

2018

Hummus! The Movie (Dir. Oren Rosenfeld, 2016)Ben-Gurion, Epilogue (Dir. Yariv Mozer, 2016)The 90-Minute War (Dir. Eyal Tadmor, 2017)Home Port (Dir. Erez Tadmor, 2016)
The Gravedigger’s Daughter (Short Film, Dir. Shira Gabay, 2016)Scaffolding (Dir. Matan Yair, 2017)Across the Waters (Dir. Nicolo Donato, 2017)Bye Bye Germany (Dir. Sam Garbarski, 2017)And Then She Arrived (Dir. Roee Florentin, 2017)The Law (Dir. Christian Faure, 2015)Amor (Dir. Raphaël Rebibo, 2016)
Against Reinheitsgebot (Short Film, Dir. Adam Souriano, 2016)My Hero Brother (Dir. Yonatan Nir, 2016)Big Sonia (Dirs. Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday, 2016)

2017

Mr. Predictable (Dir. Roee Florentin, 2016)Fever at Dawn (Dir. Péter Gárdos, 2015)Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? (Dirs. Tomer Heymann and Barak Heymann, 2016)A Heartbeat Away (Dirs. Tal Barda and Noam Pinchas, 2016)The Last Mentsch (Dir. Pierre-Henry Salfati, 2014)
Broken Branches (Short Film, Dir. Ayala Sharot, 2014)Persona Non Grata (Dir. Cellin Gluck, 2015)Moos (Dir. Job Gosschalk, 2016)Mr. Gaga (Dir. Tomer Heymann, 2015)Wounded Land (Dir. Erez Tadmor, 2015)Time to Say Goodbye (Dir. Viviane Andereggen, 2015)
Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion (Short Film, Dir. Shimmy Marcus, 2012)
A.K.A. Nadia (Dir. Tova Ascher, 2015)
On The Map (Dir. Dani Menkin, 2016)

2016

Remember (Dir. Atom Egoyan, 2016)Look At Us Now, Mother! (Dir. Gayle Kirschenbaum, 2015)Victor “Young” Perez (Dir. Jacques Ouaniche, 2014)In Search of Israeli Cuisine (Dir. Roger M. Sherman, 2015)Serial (Bad) Weddings (Dir. Philippe De Chauveron, 2014)
The Seder (Short Film, Dir. Justin Kelly, 2011)Les Héritiers/Once in a Lifetime (Dir. Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar, 2014)Rock in the Red Zone (Dir. Laura Bialis, 2014)Fire Birds (Dir. Amir Wolf, 2015)Is That You? (Dir. Dani Menkin, 2014)Operation Sunflower (Dir. Avraham Kushnir, 2014)Hill Start (Dir. Oren Stern, 2014)Oriented (Dir. Jake Witzenfeld, 2015)Special Event – On Movies: A Conversation with Film Critic Leonard Maltin

2015

Peace After Marriage (Dirs. Bandar Albuliwi and Ghazi Albuliwi, 2013)The Green Prince (Dir. Nadav Schirman, 2014)Aftermath (Dir. Władysław Pasikowski, 2013)24 Days (Dir. Alexandre Arcady, 2014)Dancing in Jaffa (Dir. Hilla Medalia, 2013)Bethlehem (Dir. Yuval Adler, 2013)Zero Motivation (Dir. Talya Lavie, 2014)The Third Half (Dir. Darko Mitrevski, 2012)Snails in the Rain (Dir. Yariv Mozer, 2013)Above and Beyond (Dir. Roberta Grossman, 2014)
Glue (Short Film, Dir. Michal Lavi, 2012)
Little Horribles: Minibar (Short Film, Dir. Amy York Rubin, 2013)

Summer Cinema Series:
Above and Beyond (Dir. Roberta Grossman, 2014)
Apples from the Dessert (Dirs. Arik Lubetzky and Matti Harari, 2014)
Dough (Dir. John Goldschmidt, 2015)

2014

The Yellow Ticket (Dirs. Eugen Illés and Victor Janson, 1918)Eagles (Dir. Dror Sabo, 2012)
Kaddish For A Friend (Dir. Leo Khasin, 2011)
The Zig Zag Kid (Dir. Bal Vincent, 2012)Besa: The Promise (Dir. Rachel Goslins, 2012)The Ceremony (Dir. Avi Weissblei, 2013)Ameer Got His Gun (Dir. Naomi Levari, 2011)Cupcakes (Dir. Eytan Fox, 2013)
Once Upon a Bench (Short Film, Dir. Alexandra Torterotot, 2012)
The Bris (Short Film, Dir. CJ Johnson, 2010)
Welcome and…Our Condolences (Short Film, Dir. Leon Prudovsky, 2012)

Summer Cinema Series:
For a Woman (Dir. Diane Kurys, 2013)
Kaddish For A Friend (Dir. Leo Khasin, 2011)
Run Boy Run (Dir. Pepe Danquart, 2013)

2013

Hava Nagila (Dir. Roberta Grossman, 2012)
A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (Dir. Thierry Binisti, 2011)
Cap or Kippah (Short Film, Dir. Susanne Engels, 2012)
Numbered (Dirs. Uriel Sinai and Dana Doron, 2012)
Just the Two of Us (Dir. Tzipi Baider, 2011)
Life in Stills (Dir. Tamar Tal, 2012)
Advice and Dissent (Short Film, Dir. Leib Cohen, 2002)
Orchestra of Exiles (Dir. Josh Aronson, 2012)
Blank Bullet (Dir. Haim Bouzaglo, 2010)
Mabul (The Flood) (Dir. Guy Nattiv, 2011)
Starring David (Short Film, Dir. Ester Gould, 2010)
The Day I Saw Your Heart (Dir. Jennifer Devoldère, 2011)

Summer Cinema Series:
Life in Stills (Dir. Tamar Tal, 2012)
My First Wedding (Dir. Ariel Winograd, 2011)
Portrait of Wally (Dir. Andrew Shea, 2012)

2012

Salsa Tel Aviv (Dir. Jorge Weller, 2011)
Seltzer Works (Short Film, Dir. Jessica Edwards, 2010)
Blood Relation (Dir. Noa Ben Hagai, 2009)
Tasnim (Short Film, Dir. Elite Zexer, 2010)
Melting Away (Dir. Doron Eran, 2011)
The Debt (Dir. Assaf Bernstein, 2007)
La Rafle (The Roundup) (Dir. Roselyne Bosch, 2010)
Naomi (Dir. Eitan Zir, 2010)
Nicky’s Family (Dir. Matej Miná, 2011) 
Three Promises (Short Film, Dir. Edward Serotta, 2011)

Summer Cinema Series:
Melting Away (Dir. Doron Eran, 2011)
Arab Labor (TV Series, Dir. Roni Ninio, 2007)
This is Sodom (Dirs. Adam Sanderson and Muli Segev, 2010)

2011

100 Voices: A Journey Home (Dirs. Matthew Asner and Danny Gold, 2010)

An Article of Hope (Dir. Daniel Cohen, 2010)

Anita (Dir. Marcos Carnevale, 2009)

Berlin ’36 (Dir. Kasper Heidelbach, 2009)

Seven Minutes in Heaven (Dir. Omri Givon, 2008)

The Matchmaker (Dir. Avi Nesher, 2010)

The Yankles (Dir. David R. Brooks, 2009)

1992

Wedding in Galilee (Dir. Michel Khleifi, 1987)
Echoes of Conflict (Dir. Gur Heller, 1991)
Hamsin (Dir. Daniel Wachsmann, 1982)

1988 Israeli Film Festival in Honor of the 40th Anniversary of the State of Israel

Noa at Seventeen (Dir. Isaac Zepel Yeshurun, 1982)
Hill 24 Doesn’t Answer (Dir. Thorold Dickinson, 1955)
Kazablan (Dir. Menahem Golan, 1973)
My Michael (Dir. Dan Wolman, 1975)

2024 Film Festival Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:

Rockwern Charitable Foundation

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Annual Arts & Ideas Sponsors:

The Rockwern Charitable Foundation

Susan S. Friedlander (z”l) 

Jean E. Feinberg

Jen & John Stein

The Film Festival speakers are supported by the Roslyn W. and Jule Gildenblatt Memorial Endowment “as a living legacy to their commitment to the Jewish community and to the heritage of pluralistic Jewish study.”

DIRECTORS

LKC Foundation: In Memory of Lucille K. Carothers

Evelyn & Marc Fisher

Suzette & Michael Fisher

Aimee & Ian Guttman

 

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Dr. Mark Mandell-Brown / Mandell-Brown Plastic Surgery Center

Jen & John Stein 

 

SCREENWRITERS

Anonymous
Karen & Fred Abel
Marcie & Nathan Bachrach
Gina & Jon Blatt
Susan Brenner & Steven Mombach
Alison & Bret Caller
Coldwell Banker Realty / Aaron Weiner, Realtor
Comey & Shepherd Realtors
Sally & Marty Hiudt
Isaacsohn Family
Lara & Ronnen Isakov
Cindy Jarnicki
Patricia & Scott Joseph
Debbie Kirshner & Paul Heldman
Ellen & Mark Knue
Deborah & John Moffatt
Nina & Edward Paul
Dianne & J. David Rosenberg
Abby and David Schwartz
Jo Ellen & Mort Spitz
Sherri & Adam Symson
Weil Kahn Funeral Home

ACTORS

Fran and Craig Coleman
Penina Frankel/Schulzinger-Frankel Family Foundation
David Harris and Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp
Jennifer & Eric Dauer
Shelly Gerson
Beth & Louis Guttman
Julie & Rick Kantor
Amy Klein
Sue Price
Cynthia & Bob Rosen
Sarah Weiss & Todd Schild
Rabbi Elena Stein
Jan & Maury White
Holly & Josh Wolfson

FRIENDS

Marci & Gary Blachman
Bonnie and Darryl Dick
Claire and Alan Eichner
Diana & Henry Fenichel
Carol Friedman
Martha Geller
Julie Glazer
Jan Goldstein and Charles Frank
Karen & Richard Goodman
Lois & Jeff Gushin
Rabbi Shena & Brian Jaffee
Marcy and Mark Kanter
Daniel Kanter & Mary Sutton
Arlene & Bill Katz
Margie & Chuck Kessel
Gerry & Marvin Kraus
Cissy & Bob Lenobel
Ernesto & Rini Levy
Molly & Les Polasky
Judith L. Roth
Stacey & David Schimberg
Martha & Lee Schimberg
Debbie Friedman & Joe Segal
Nancy & Don Seltz
Sharon & Walter Spiegel
Paul Spitz
Debra & Michael Steinbuch
Tara & Ross Vigran
Jay Moskovitz & Jeanne Weiland
Debbie & Dick Westheimer
Ronna & Dr. James Willis
Felicia Zakem & Ken Heldman

PARTNERS

Camp Livingston
Cincinnati Hillel
Cincinnati Skirball Museum and Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
Department of Judaic Studies, University of Cincinnati
The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center
Holocaust Education Fund, History Department, Miami University
Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati – Guardians and Friends
Jewish Family Service
Jewish Federation of Cincinnati – Silver Circle Society and Create Your Jewish Legacy
Jewish Federation of Cincinnati – JCRC
Jewish Federation of Cincinnati – YAD
Jewish Fertility Foundation
Jewish Home of Cincinnati
JVS Careers
Mayerson JCC 20s & 30s
Shomrei Olam – Jewish Environmental Advocates of Cincinnati
TOPICZ Convenience Store Specialists

FESTIVAL COMMITTEE

Aaron Weiner, Chair

Marcie Bachrach

Lauren Bowen

Alison Caller

Martha Geller

Evan Gildenblatt

Sam Greene

Erik Jensen 

Margie Kessel

Amy Klein

Stacey Schimberg

Dr. David Schmerler

Sharon Spiegel

Paul Spitz

Brian Sugerman

Tara Vigran

Meet the Team

The Jewish & Israeli Film Festival is coordinated by Mayerson JCC staff and a committee of volunteers. 

Related Programs

The mission of the Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival is to educate, engage, and create connections within the Jewish community and beyond with the broader Cincinnati community. The Festival presents quality films that broaden and challenge perspectives, entertain, and appeal to a wide audience base. The views and opinions expressed in the films and special events in the Festival are those of the filmmakers or speakers. They do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Mayerson JCC, Festival Committee, staff, board, sponsors, or volunteers.