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 COA MATINEE@ Leisure World: Challah Rising in the Desert: The Jews of New Mexico Wednesday, October 27th - 1:30 PM
Cinema J: A Crime on the Bayou Thursday, November 4th - 7:00 PM
Cinema J Matinee @ Leisure World: A Crime on the Bayou Tuesday, November 16th - 1:30 PM
Cinema J Presents: On Broadway Thursday, December 16th - 7:00 PM
Cinema J Matinee @ Leisure World: On Broadway Wednesday, December 22nd - 1:30 PM
Cinema J Matinee @ Leisure World: Persian Lessons Wednesday, January 12th - 1:30 PM
Cinema J Presents: Persian Lessons Thursday, January 13th - 7:00 PM
Cinema J Presents: Shared Legacies Tuesday, February 22nd - 5:00 PM

CINEMA J COA MATINEE@ Leisure World: Challah Rising in the Desert: The Jews of New Mexico
Documentary | USA (2018) | 84 minutes
Wednesday, October 27 | 1:30 PM

*Screening Location: 3300 N. Leisure World Boulevard – CH II *INDOORS, IN-PERSON; OPEN TO ALL

$10 [in advance – purchase tickets by 10/20/21 to receive a complimentary kosher challah]; $12 [Day-of] NOTES: Challah not available for the day-of ticket purchase; ONLY checks accepted for day-of ticket purchases;

Please join us for a screening of Challah Rising in the Desert: The Jews of New Mexico. This documentary celebrates the history, influences, and people of New Mexico’s Jewish community. From green chile challah and Navajo-styled prayer shawls to rabbis in cowboy boots and bolo ties, this unique population drew from waves of immigration. It includes the Conversos escaping the Spanish Inquisition, scientists of the 1940s at Los Alamos, and the counterculture of the 1960s.

This unknown story is vibrantly told through rare archival materials, magnificent imagery of New Mexico’s natural beauty, as well as interviews with community leaders, historians, and descendants of early colonial and pioneer Jews. Discussion to follow.

*Presented by Bender JCC-CoA Adults and JRLW. Questions? Please contact Frieda Enoch: fenoch@benderjccgw.org or at 301-348-3809.

Cinema J: A Crime on the Bayou

Thursday, November 4th
7:00 PM

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Cinema J: A Crime on the Bayou
Thursday, November 4 I 7:00 PM
Fee: $12
Documentary I USA I 2020 I 89 minutes

“A Crime on the Bayou” is a poignant yet inspiring true story about allyship and justice, where Richard Sobol, a young, Jewish attorney defends an unjustly accused Black teen in this landmark Civil Rights-era case. Gary Duncan, 19, was arrested in 1966 after trying to de-escalate a racially charged skirmish outside a newly integrated New Orleans high school.
Archival images, court transcripts, and new interviews compellingly detail how Northerner Sobol left his prestigious law firm to save a wronged man, a search for justice that led to the Supreme Court. Systemic racism and pervasive anti-Semitism meet their match in decisive courtroom battles; hate is vanquished by a powerful friendship that will last a lifetime.
At a time of national reckoning over racial inequality, Emmy-winning documentarian Nancy Buirski presents a potent argument for the power of individual action to promote social change.

Following the screening, we are honored to welcome Meredith Weisel, Senior Associate Regional Director of ADL, (Washington, D.C.) who will moderate a distinguished panel featuring Rabbi Adam Raskin, of Congregation Har Shalom, and Montgomery County Councilmember Will Jawando. We hope you will join us for this timely discussion concerning racial injustice and the role the Jewish community plays.

Questions: Please contact Frieda Enoch:
fenoch@benderjccgw.org or at 301-348-3809

Cinema J Matinee @ Leisure World: A Crime on the Bayou
Tuesday, November 16 I 1:30 PM
Fee: $8 [in advance]; $10 [Day-of]; ONLY checks accepted on day-of ticket purchases
*Screening Location: 3300 N. Leisure World Blvd. -Clubhouse II Auditorium
*INDOORS *IN-PERSON *OPEN TO ALL

“A Crime on the Bayou” is a poignant yet inspiring true story about allyship and justice, where Richard Sobol, a young, Jewish attorney defends an unjustly accused Black teen in this landmark Civil Rights-era case. Gary Duncan, 19, was arrested in 1966 after trying to de-escalate a racially charged skirmish outside a newly integrated New Orleans high school. Archival images, court transcripts and new interviews compellingly detail how Northerner Sobol left his prestigious law firm to save a wronged man, a search for justice that led to the Supreme Court. Systemic racism and pervasive anti-Semitism meet their match in decisive courtroom battles; hate is vanquished by a powerful friendship that will last a lifetime.
At a time of national reckoning over racial inequality, Emmy-winning documentarian Nancy Buirski presents a potent argument for the power of individual action to promote social change.

*Presented by Bender JCC-CoA Adults and JRLW
Questions: Please contact Frieda Enoch:
fenoch@benderjccgw.org or at 301-348-3809

Cinema J Presents: On Broadway

Thursday, December 16th
7:00 PM

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Cinema J Presents: On Broadway
Thursday, December 16 I 7:00 PM
Fee: $12
Documentary I USA I 2020 I 84 minutes

For anyone who loves theater, this contemporary history of Broadway is a joy! Legends of the stage and screen including Helen Mirren, James Corden, Hugh Jackman, and Ian McKellen take us behind the scenes of Broadway’s most groundbreaking and beloved shows, from “A Chorus Line” to “Hamilton.” Iconic performances by Lin Manuel Miranda, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, James Earl Jones, and Mandy Patinkin lead the way. They tell the inside story of Broadway theatre, its decline, and its revival.

Directed by Academy-Award nominee Oren Jacoby, this documentary is a love letter to the Great White Way. It is a reminder of both the cultural void left in the pandemic’s wake and the enormous creative influence of Jewish Americans in musical theater.

Questions: Please contact Frieda Enoch:
fenoch@benderjccgw.org or at 301-348-3809

Cinema J Matinee @ Leisure World: On Broadway
Tuesday, December 22 I 1:30 PM
Fee: $8 [in advance]; $10 [Day Of];
Only checks are accepted for day-of ticket purchases.
Documentary I USA I 2020 I 84 minutes
*Screening Location: 3300 N. Leisure World Boulevard -Clubhouse II Auditorium
*INDOORS *IN-PERSON *OPEN TO ALL

For anyone who loves theater, this contemporary history of Broadway is a joy! Legends of the stage and screen including Helen Mirren, James Corden, Hugh Jackman and Ian McKellen take us behind the scenes of Broadway’s most groundbreaking and beloved shows, from “A Chorus Line” to “Hamilton.” Iconic performances by Lin Manuel Miranda, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, James Earl Jones and Mandy Patinkin lead the way. They tell the inside story of Broadway theatre, its decline and its revival.

Directed by Academy-Award nominee Oren Jacoby, this documentary is a love letter to the Great White Way. It is a reminder of both the cultural void left in the pandemic’s wake, and the enormous creative influence of Jewish Americans in musical theater.
*Presented by Bender JCC-CoA and JRLW.

Questions: Please contact Frieda Enoch:
fenoch@benderjccgw.org or at 301-348-3809

Cinema J Matinee @ Leisure World: Persian Lessons
Wednesday, January 12 I 1:30 PM
Fee: $8 [in advance]; $10 [Day Of];
Only checks are accepted for day-of-ticket purchases.
Narrative I Belarus, Germany, Russia I 2020 I 127 minutes I English Subtitles
*Screening Location: 3300 N. Leisure World Boulevard -Clubhouse II Auditorium
*INDOORS * IN-PERSON *OPEN TO ALL

Nazi-occupied France, 1942. Gilles, a young Belgian man is arrested by the SS alongside other Jews and sent to a concentration camp in Germany. He narrowly avoids execution by swearing to the guards that he is not Jewish, but Persian. This lie temporarily saves him, but then Gilles is assigned a seemingly untenable mission: to teach Farsi to the SS officer in charge of the camp’s kitchen who dreams of opening a restaurant in Persia once the war is over. In reality, Gilles doesn’t speak a word of Persian, and to save himself from certain death, he must fabricate an entire language, word by word, without raising suspicion. Persian Lessons is a hugely compelling, highly original Holocaust drama inspired by true events. It ends on a note that’s both gripping and heartfelt, making it one of the hidden gems of the year.

*Presented by Bender JCC-CoA and JRLW.
Questions: Please contact Frieda Enoch:
fenoch@benderjccgw.org or at 301-348-3809

Cinema J Presents: Persian Lessons

Thursday, January 13th
7:00 PM

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Cinema J Presents: Persian Lessons
Thursday, January 13 I 7:00 PM I Bender JCC
Fee: $12
Narrative I Belarus, Germany, Russia I 2020 I 127 minutes I English Subtitles

Nazi-occupied France, 1942. Gilles, a young Belgian man is arrested by the SS alongside other Jews and sent to a concentration camp in Germany. He narrowly avoids execution by swearing to the guards that he is not Jewish, but Persian. This lie temporarily saves him, but then Gilles is assigned a seemingly untenable mission: to teach Farsi to the SS officer in charge of the camp’s kitchen who dreams of opening a restaurant in Persia once the war is over. In reality, Gilles doesn’t speak a word of Persian, and to save himself from certain death, he must fabricate an entire language, word by word, without raising suspicion. Persian Lessons is a hugely compelling, highly original Holocaust drama inspired by true events. It ends on a note that’s both gripping and heartfelt, making it one of the hidden gems of the year.

Questions: Please contact Frieda Enoch:
fenoch@benderjccgw.org or at 301-348-3809

Cinema J Presents: Shared Legacies

Tuesday, February 22nd
5:00 PM

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Cinema J: Shared Legacies
Tuesday, February 22 I 5:00 PM I ZOOM
Fee: $10
Documentary I USA I 2020 I 97 minutes

This powerful story is told in the documentary film, “Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance,” which chronicles the coalition and friendship between the Jewish and African-American communities before, during, and after the Civil Rights movement.

*This is a virtual program. Watch the film on your own, at your convenience during a 72 hr. film screening window starting 2/18 – 2/21.
On Feb. 22, you will receive a Zoom link for the film discussion. Join us!

Questions? Please contact Frieda Enoch:
fenoch@benderjccgw.org or at 301-348-3809