Upcoming Events


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)

2001: A Space Odyssey – 50 Years Later @ The Gershman Y
Mar 24 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 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

Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: 2,000 Years of Jewish History Through Synagogue Architecture @ The Gershman Y
Apr 25 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch and Learn Lecture Series: 2,000 Years of Jewish History Through Synagogue Architecture @ 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. 


Throughout the history of the Jewish people, synagogue architecture has varied over the centuries since the destruction of the Temple and the Jewish diaspora. Ironically, synagogues lacked a defined architectural style until 1959 when famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed Beth Sholom Congregation in suburban Philadelphia. Barbara Cohen, ASID, President of the Schuylkill River Heritage Center, will trace the history of the Jewish people through the architecture of synagogues and discuss the many stylistic adaptations synagogues adopted in relation to the place, time, and world events during construction. RSVP HERE!

Read more about the rest of the series by clicking HERE!

Opening Receptions: Rachel Rotenberg’s “Sanity” and Jean-Pierre Weill’s “The Well of Being” @ The Gershman Y
Apr 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Opening Receptions: Rachel Rotenberg's "Sanity" and Jean-Pierre Weill's "The Well of Being" @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

Rachel Rotenberg utilizes wood and vines to create dynamic, organic, and heroic sculptures. The artist describes them as metaphors for a plethora of relationships, muscular movements that are both mysterious and provocative. Rotenberg’s sculptures engage the viewer in conversation. Through them, we find our place in the world and connect to forces larger than ourselves.

The Well of Being is an illustrated narrative that peers into the depths of the human experience and the meaning of our existence. It traces how the stories we tell ourselves to construct our personae obscure the truth of our personhood. It is a lyrical story of a man moving from the origin of the universe to the perplexities of growing up and the mystery of being alive. What emerges is a secular scripture — an invitation to awaken from the trance of our daily circumstances so that we may live with openhearted immediacy. The Well of Being is not so much a book to be read as it is an experience to be felt. This exhibition will feature illustrations from The Well of Being by artist and author Jean-Pierre Weill, who has worked as a visual artist for twenty years. The Well of Being was originally published in 2014.

Mother’s Day Bookmaking Workshop @ The Gershman Y
May 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mother’s Day Bookmaking Workshop @ The Gershman Y | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

In this Mother’s Day themed bookmaking workshop, participants will learn to create their own accordion artists’ books. By using a non-adhesive binding technique and fashioning a removable spine, participants will create books that can either be presented as codices or displayed as accordions. We will also discuss ways participants can integrate text and images to shape their narratives to their finished pieces. Participants are encouraged to bring photographs and other items to add personalization to their books.

No previous bookmaking experience required. All materials provided.