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Q&A with 2023 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival chair, Aaron Weiner

Aaron Weiner

This year’s Jewish & Israeli Film Festival takes place January 28-March 1, featuring both in-person and virtual events. We caught up with the 2023 chair Aaron Weiner for more insight into the festival and his role as chair. Learn more and purchase tickets at  

Why did you want to be a part of the Film Festival committee?  

I was very involved in the Jewish community as a young adult as Chair of the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and the Executive Board of the Federation. I missed being active in the Jewish community. I have always loved the Film Festival and was excited to be asked to be on the committee for the 2020-2021 season. I am honored to be the Chair for the first time this year! 

What are you looking forward to in this year’s Film Festival?  

I think it goes without saying that being in person is such a special part of this year’s festival. 

What film do you think is the most impactful?  

 I really can’t play favorites here! Our line-up is so spectacular this year and our selections weave together such a perfect festival experience. I have to say that 1341 Frames of Love and War really moved me. The storyline and the art form of photography through film was so unique and special. In addition, as a child of a Holocaust Survivor, the Holocaust-themed films are so important. 

How do you think it embraces the J’s mission of connecting people?  

It gives the community something to look forward to during the dead of winter. We get an opportunity to get together to laugh, cry, learn, and celebrate our rich history through the art form of film. The speakers and moderators challenge and engage the participants in thought and conversation.  

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