Please join our family of PJFF Sponsors and Supporters as we plan our 37th Anniversary Season, which begins November 4, 2017. Your support helps PJFF to achieve its goal of using the medium of film as a vehicle for perpetuating Jewish values, culture, and community. We can only do this with the help of generous friends like you. Please review the Supporter levels and benefits HERE. To enjoy even more benefits and go “behind the scenes” with special guests – including cast and crew members – take a look at our Sponsor levels and benefits.
In this hands-on workshop, learn the basics of collage and create your own masterpiece out of multiple images and mediums. Taking cues from our current exhibition, Anna Fine Foer: AnachroniCity, participants will learn how to use found imagery to produce a unique work of art as well as discuss image manipulation, application, and balance. Participants are encouraged to bring inspirational images for use in their personalized work! All materials included.
Pianist Regina Shenderovich returns to present her signature lecture and piano recital program. Continuing through the Jewish composer canon, Shenderovich will explore the lives and music of very talented but relatively unknown Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, older sister of the famous Felix, late 19th century Moritz Moszkowski and Aaron Copland, giant of the 20th century American music. Shenderovich earned her Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Leon Fleisher, and received her PhD from the University of Illinois.
Our yearly culinary celebration of the potato pancake is back and better than ever! Featuring a selection of latkes with diverse flavors from Philadelphia’s top restaurants, local entertainment, hands-on activities and a few new surprises, this year’s Latkepalooza promises to be our best yet. This year’s event takes on a tasting menu format, with general admission including one latke ticket per vendor. Ages 2 – 12 receive a half sampling of latkes, ages under 2 a trio of latkes. Be sure to check our website for the delicious details and latest restaurant line-up!
Co-produced by famed comedian Cory Kahaney, the Gershman Y’s Moo Shu Jew Show returns for its 9th year. Guaranteed to fill your belly with laughs and plentiful Chinese fare, chow down on a multi-course meal in the heart of Chinatown and then wash it all down with a trio of performances from the nation’s best stand-up comedians. This year’s line-up features comedy favorites Moody McCarthy, Marla Schultz, and Brad Zimmerman. Food is not kosher, vegetarian options available.
Justin Kimball has been photographing in small towns in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Ohio brought to the brink of obsolescence by the recent financial downturn, capturing their streets, residents, and landscapes. While imbued with social and political subtext, Kimball’s images carry a broader significance. In his depiction of communities faced with hardship, Kimball examines the persistence of hope and the concept of what it means to be human in our modern world. His photographs document a growing portion of the American landscape.
What do pizza and kindness have in common? Join Repair the World: Philadelphia for the local launch of BKind, an innovative Israeli social enterprise, and an evening with Philly’s “pay it forward” pizza restaurant, Rosa’s Fresh Pizza. Learn about the exponential capacity of kindness through pizza that feeds the homeless, and start your own chain of kind acts. This program is 100% FREE!
Samuel Maoz’s critically acclaimed, award-winning drama follows the lives of a grieving Tel Aviv couple after they are told that their son was killed in the line of duty. Starring Lior Ashkenazi (Norman, Footnote) and Sarah Adler (The Cakemaker, Aya), Foxtrot is a powerful rumination of the lunacy of war. With devastatingly beautiful performances and stunning cinematography, Foxtrot took home the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, reaped eight Ophir Awards at Israel’s 2017 Academy Awards, and most recently has been shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film nomination for the 2018 Oscars.
Exclusive Sneak Preview/Philadelphia Premiere
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Director: Samuel Maoz
Genre: Narrative Feature
Running Time: 1 hr 48 min
Language: In Hebrew with English subtitles
Rated R for some sexual content including graphic images, and brief drug use
For Fans of: Art cinema, family dramas, foreign cinema, Israeli cinema, Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, war films
Official Selection: AFI Fest | Haifa International Film Festival | London Film Festival | Palm Springs International Film Festival | Sundance Film Festival | Telluride Film Festival | Toronto International Film Festival | Venice Film Festival | Warsaw Jewish Film Festival
Awards: Israel’s 2017 Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film | National Board of Review for Best Foreign Language Film | Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Music, and Best Sound at Israel’s 2017 Academy Awards | Arca CinemaGiovani Award – Best Film, SIGNIS Award – Honorable Mention, and Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival
Top 10 Lists of 2017: Entertainment Weekly | The Film Stage | IndieWire | Los Angeles Times | San Francisco Examiner | Screen Daily
Reviews: “[A] profoundly humane Israeli import [that] upends your expectations at every turn.” (Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly)
“No matter what you’re expecting, “Foxtrot” is not the film you expect it to be. It’s better.” (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times)
“Urgent and witty. A compelling family tragedy arranged with visionary boldness.” (Xan Brooks, The Guardian)
“Bold modernist cinema at its most harrowing.” (Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter)
“Fascinating. Funny and beautiful, truly profound.” (Jordan Hoffman, Variety)
The Gershman Y is excited to present a new three part dance series featuring Yiddish Dance master Steven Lee Weintraub! The series will introduce participants to a number of Yiddish dance concepts, stylings, and vocabulary and have you moving in no time! No dance experience required.
YIDDISH DANCE 101 • March 8 • This introduction class features lessons on how to dance to klezmer music, focusing on basic styling of the improvisational Freylekhs and Khosidl, and other essential repertoire, including the Bulgar and Zhok.
Read more about the series by clicking HERE!