Cinema J

Laugh out loud, reconnect with Israel and reflect on Jewish life and the human experience with films at the Bender JCC. Films are as diverse as the Bender JCC itself, produced and directed by a bevy of international talent from around the globe, including Israel and the U.S.


 

Cinema J Matinee @ Leisure World: iMordecai Thursday, October 20th - 1:30 PM
Cinema J: iMordecai Thursday, October 20th - 7:00 PM
Cinema J @ the Bender JCC: The Human Factor Thursday, November 17th - 7:00 PM
Cinema J: One More Story Thursday, December 8th - 7:00 PM
Cinema J @ Leisure World: One More Story Tuesday, December 13th - 1:30 PM

Cinema J Matinee @ Leisure World: iMordecaiThursday, October 20 | 1:30 PM | $10 in advance/ $12 at the doorEnglish | Feature | USA, 2022 I 1h 42mScreening Location: Leisure World Clubhouse II, 3300 N. Leisure World Blvd., Silver Spring MD, 20906A heart-warming movie based on a true story, iMordecai stars Academy Award-nominated and two-time Emmy-winning actor Judd Hirsch (star of the Emmy-winning sitcom Taxi, Ordinary People, Independence Day) as Mordecai Samels and Academy Award-nominated actress Carol Kane (Hester Street) as his wife, Fela, both survivors from Poland, who are now living in Miami. Their son, Marvin (Academy Award-nominated actor Sean Astin, The Lord of the Rings), is an ambitious cigar maker trying to support his own family while still being there for his aging parents. But when Mordecai’s ancient flip phone breaks, he starts to take lessons from Nina (newcomer Azia Dinea Hale), a young employee of Ultratech. She tutors Mordecai on his new iPhone, opening him up to all kinds of novel experiences and adventures, which makes him feel like a kid again. An uplifting comedy and a love letter to the city of Miami, iMordecai urges us all to live the one life we have to the fullest.**Proof of vaccination is required to attend all in-person films at the Bender JCC**

Cinema J: iMordecai

Thursday, October 20th
7:00 PM

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Cinema J: iMordecaiThursday, October 20 | 7:00 PM | $12English | Feature | USA, 2022 | 1h 42mScreening Location: Bender JCCGW – Kreeger TheaterA heart-warming movie based on a true story, iMordecai stars Academy Award-nominated and two-time Emmy-winning actor Judd Hirsch (star of the Emmy-winning sitcom Taxi, Ordinary People, Independence Day) as Mordecai Samels and Academy Award-nominated actress Carol Kane (Hester Street) as his wife, Fela, both survivors from Poland, who are now living in Miami. Their son, Marvin (Academy Award-nominated actor Sean Astin, The Lord of the Rings), is an ambitious cigar maker trying to support his own family while still being there for his aging parents. But when Mordecai’s ancient flip phone breaks, he starts to take lessons from Nina (newcomer Azia Dinea Hale), a young employee of Ultratech. She tutors Mordecai on his new iPhone, opening him up to all kinds of novel experiences and adventures, which makes him feel like a kid again. An uplifting comedy and a love letter to the city of Miami, iMordecai urges us all to live the one life we have to the fullest.**Proof of vaccination is required to attend all in-person films at the Bender JCC**

Cinema J: The Human FactorThursday, November 17 | 7:00 PM | $12English | Documentary | USA, 2019 | 1h 48mScreening Location: Bender JCC – Kreeger AuditoriumWith unprecedented access to the foremost American negotiators, THE HUMAN FACTOR is the behind-the-scenes story from the last 25 years, of how the United States came within reach of pulling off the impossible –securing peace between Israel and its neighbors. Today, the need to learn from past mistakes couldn’t be more urgent.REVIEWS:“Deeply wise. A stirring argument for the power of humanity. Mr. Moreh’s technique is quietly dazzling.”– Joe Morgenstern, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL“As significant as it is drop dead fascinating, offering not only intimate personal stories but also potent insights into what went wrong so many times in that most incendiary part of the world.”– Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES**Proof of vaccination is required to attend all in-person films at the Bender JCC**Questions? Contact Coming of Age staff at 301-348-3832

Cinema J: One More Story

Thursday, December 8th
7:00 PM

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Cinema J: One More StoryThursday, December 8 | 7:00 PM | $12Hebrew with English Subtitles | Feature | Israel, 2021 | 1h 31mScreening Location: Bender JCC – Kreeger AuditoriumAn ambitious young journalist, Yarden, is put to the test when her boss (who also happens to be her lover) assigns her to do a story about blind dating in hopes of chasing ratings. Even cynical young millennials believe in true love, right? Yarden’s not so sure but proceeds on her boss’s promise to publish her first novel if she writes the piece.One More Story is the directorial debut from Israel’s beloved comedian and TV personality, Guri Alfi, and was based on Omer Barak’s bestseller, “Wedding Rush,” which received the highest price ever paid for movie rights in Israel. With a great score, the film is a fun-filled ride as we share the journey of Yarden’s complicated dating history while waiting to discover if true love is to be found. Romantic comedy, Israeli style!(Adult content: sexual situations)Official Selection: Chicago Jewish, Boston Israeli film festivals“Love has become shorter than the Tishrei holidays…But precisely because of the cloak of cynicism, and the realization that the knight on the white horse, or the cooperative scooter, will no longer come, One More Story hits the spot.” –Editor, The Observational

**Proof of vaccination is required to attend all in-person films at the Bender JCC**Questions? Contact Coming of Age staff at 301-348-3832

Cinema J @ Leisure World: One More StoryTuesday, December 13 | 1:30 PM | $10Hebrew with English Subtitles | Feature | Israel, 2021 | 1h 31mScreening Location: Leisure World Clubhouse II, 3300 N. Leisure World Blvd. Silver Spring, MD 20906An ambitious young journalist, Yarden, is put to the test when her boss (who also happens to be her lover) assigns her to do a story about blind dating in hopes of chasing ratings. Even cynical young millennials believe in true love, right? Yarden’s not so sure, but proceeds on her boss’s promise to publish her first novel if she writes the piece.One More Story is the directorial debut from Israel’s beloved comedian and TV personality, Guri Alfi, and was based on Omer Barak’s bestseller, “Wedding Rush,” which received the highest price ever paid for movie rights in Israel. With a great score, the film is a fun-filled ride as we share the journey of Yarden’s complicated dating history while waiting to discover if true love is to be found. Romantic comedy, Israeli style!(Adult content: sexual situations)Official Selection: Chicago Jewish, Boston Israeli film festivals“Love has become shorter than the Tishrei holidays…But precisely because of the cloak of cynicism, and the realization that the knight on the white horse, or the cooperative scooter, will no longer come, One More Story hits the spot.” –Editor, The Observational

Questions? Contact Coming of Age staff at 301-348-3832