Upcoming Events


The 9th Annual Moo Shu Jew Show @ Ocean Harbor Restaurant
Dec 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The 9th Annual Moo Shu Jew Show @ Ocean Harbor Restaurant | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

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 McCarthyMarla Schultz, and Brad Zimmerman. Food is not kosher, vegetarian options available.

Opening Reception for Justin Kimball: Elegy @ The Gershman Y
Jan 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Opening Reception for Justin Kimball: Elegy @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

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.

Kneading Kindness in Philly @ The Gershman Y
Feb 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Kneading Kindness in Philly @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

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!

PJFF Special Advanced Screening: FOXTROT @ The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
PJFF Special Advanced Screening: FOXTROT @ The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

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 (NormanFootnote) and Sarah Adler (The CakemakerAya), 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
Country: Israel/Switzerland/Germany/France
Year: 2017
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)

Dancing with a Yiddish Accent: Yiddish Dance 101 @ The Gershman Y
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Dancing with a Yiddish Accent: Yiddish Dance 101 @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

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!

Lunch and Learn: The Invisible Harry Gold @ The Gershman Y
Mar 14 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch and Learn: The Invisible Harry Gold @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Pack your lunch and join us for our lecture series that explores cultural and historical moments through the Jewish lens. 


In the history of Soviet espionage in the United States, few people figure more crucially than Harry Gold. Gold, born in Switzerland and of Russian-Jewish parentage, spied for the Soviets from 1935 to 1950, and is literally the man who handed the USSR the plans for the atom bomb. Allen M. Hornblum, local author and historian, recounts the life of this little known Philadelphia industrial chemist, whom at one time was the subject of the most intensive public manhunt in the history of the FBI and helped the FBI discover the Rosenberg spy ring. The Invisible Harry Gold, Allen M. Hornblum’s written work of Harry Gold’s life, will be available for purchase. RSVP HERE!

Bagel Bites: The Little Gate Crasher @ The Gershman Y
Mar 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Bagel Bites: The Little Gate Crasher @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

New Series!  Join us as local authors serve up a bite of their new works while enjoying a bagel brunch!  Bagels served at 1:00 pm, with author presentations beginning at 1:30 pm.  Books will also be available for purchase.

Mace Bugen might have been an achondroplastic dwarf—forty-three inches tall with an average-sized head and a torso set on small, twisted legs—but that didn’t mean he was an idiot or a pushover. In truth, he was smarter than most; over the years, he learned to effectively turn what society in those days called a handicap into a powerful tool he could use to his advantage.

Join author Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer as she traces the life of her amazing uncle Mace Bugen through his journey as a first-generation Jewish-American kid in working class Philipsburg, NJ to become the first celebrity selfie-artists – way ahead of his time.  Featuring vintage photos of Mace with his exploits, The Little Gate Crasher captures three decades of American pop culture, seen through the unique lens of Mace and his gate-crashing exploits.

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer is a freelance writer and educator based in Philadelphia.  In addition to The Little Gate Crasher, Kaplan-Mayer’s recent works include The Creative Jewish Wedding Book and The Kitchen Classroom.  Kaplan-Mayer is a featured blogger for WHYY Philly Parenting and is a writer and editor for The New Normal: Blogging Disability.  As the director of “Whole Community Inclusion” at Jewish Learning Venture, Kaplan-Mayer leads various disability awareness trainings across the Philadelphia Jewish Community. 

PJFF: Mr. & Mrs. Adelman @ Ritz East
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm
PJFF: Mr. & Mrs. Adelman @ Ritz East | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Nicolas Bedos and Doria Tillier are the co-writers and stars of this stylish French dramedy about the highs, lows, betrayals and passions of a 40-year marriage. After a one-night-stand, Sarah is determined to make Victor fall in love with her. When he refuses, she dates his brother and seduces his best friend – it works. Their ensuing passionate love affair showcases the on-screen chemistry between Bedos and Tillier. Like any tragicomedy, their happiness is fleeting. MR. & MRS. ADELMAN depicts the vacillations between love and hate, power struggles, money and drugs, and extra-marital affairs – none of it powerful enough to rip through the foundation the Adelmans have built. Their love is wild and irrational, but fiercely tender too.

2001: A Space Odyssey – 50 Years Later @ The Gershman Y
Mar 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
2001: A Space Odyssey – 50 Years Later @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Without a doubt, 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the greatest and most philosophical science-fiction films ever made. It has provided some of cinema’s most famed icons—the monolith, the ape bone toss, the HAL-9000, the Star-Gate, and the strange hotel suite. 50 years later, 2001 is more relevant than ever, as we organize our lives amidst a culture of technology and vast potential.

We invite you to join us for a mind-bending evening that will feature multi-media presentations, a panel discussion, film clips and video about Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece and its icons for the 21st century. Produced by Barry Vacker and Brooke Storms of Temple University and presented by The Gershman Y, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, and TUTV-Temple University Television & The Rudman Media Production Center.

Our event will conclude with a complimentary reception and book signing with an opportunity to meet and mingle with guest panelists and authors.

A 21st Century View of Stanley Kubrick’s Sci-Fi Masterpiece
Presentation/Book Signing
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: The Gershman Y
Registration Required

PJFF Opening Night: GI Jews: Jewish Americans in WWII @ The Prince
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
PJFF Opening Night: GI Jews: Jewish Americans in WWII @ The Prince | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

GI JEWS: JEWISH AMERICANS IN WORLD WAR II tells the story of the nearly 550,000 Jewish American men and women who risked their lives to fight against fascism, bigotry, and intolerance during World War II. This documentary features voices like Mel Brooks and Henry Kissinger, as well as servicemen who liberated death camps. Defying their parents’ warning that the military was “no life for a nice Jewish girl,” 10,000 Jewish women volunteered to fill important administrative and nursing roles in the US Army, Navy, and Air Force. For many American Jews, WWII was a watershed moment for Jewish integration into the American fabric, with Jewish servicemen and women emerging transformed, more powerfully American, and more resolute than ever to continue the fight for equality and religious tolerance at home.