28th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film

January 2021 - June 2021

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

As one of the longest-running Jewish film festivals in the country, the mission of the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Patricia & Avraham Ashkenazi and Alma & Howard Laderberg, is to educate and engage diverse Tidewater communities, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, by presenting world-class film premieres, repertory cinema, and associated programs that are inspired by Jewish or Israeli history, heritage, and values.

 

Our vision is to create shared experiences and connections through film and cultural programs inspired by Jewish legacy and values.

A DIFFERENT FESTIVAL FOR A DIFFERENT KIND OF YEAR! 

The 28th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film will look different this year. To keep all of our community members safe, we have spread the festival out over months rather than days. Additionally, all of our films can be viewed virtually through Eventive, our new box office management and screening platform.

 

For help getting started with Eventive and creating your FREE account, please click here.

 



2021 SCHEDULE



AULCIE

A YOM HA'ATZMAUT CELEBRATION!

Sunday, April 18, 2021 | Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus 

An outdoor drive-in movie. Ticketholders will be notified via email if film is rescheduled due to inclement weather. 

6:30 PM: Parking opens

7:30 PM: Cars must be in place for film 

8:00 PM: Film Start

9:15 PM: Conversation with Aulcie Director, Dani Menkin 

 

$12 per person. This film contains mature themes and is appropriate for adult audiences only. Reservation required. 

This film will also be available virtually for those who prefer to view it from the comfort of home. 



OTTOLENGHI AND THE CAKES OF VERSAILLES

IN CELEBRATION WITH THE VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MOCA)! 

Virtual Screening: April 26 - April 28 (72-hour window)

 

Movie available for viewing at your convenience.

 

$12 per household. Reservation required. If purchased by April 23, ticket includes sweet treats and tickets to see the Nourish exhibit at MOCA. 

 

ZOOM EVENT: CONVERSATION WITH PROFESSOR DEBORAH KROHN & BETSY DIJULIO

Wednesday, April 28 

8:00 PM

A conversation with Professor Deborah Krohn, Ottolenghi's academic guide, and Betsy DiJulio, MOCA's Nourish exhibiting artist. 

Free with purchase of film ticket. 



IF YOU'RE NOT IN THE OBIT, EAT BREAKFAST

Virtual Screening: Tuesday, May 4 - Thursday, May 6 (72 hour window)

 

Movie available for viewing at your convenience.

 

$12 per household. Reservation required. 

 

ZOOM EVENT: COMMUNITY DISCUSSION

Thursday, May 6

12:00 PM

A community conversation with special guests, to be announced shortly. 

Free with purchase of film ticket. 



KEEPING UP WITH THE STEINS

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SIMON FAMILY JCC SUMMER CAMP

Thursday, June 24, 2021 | Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus 

 

An outdoor movie night for families! 

8:00 PM: Film Start

 

$12 per person. Children ages 12 and under FREE. Reservation required. 


PREVIOUS EVENTS


ON THE SPECTRUM 

Virtual Screening: Tuesday, March 16 - Thursday, March 25

 

FREE. Reservation required. 

GOD OF THE PIANO

Virtual Screening: Saturday, March 13 - Monday, March 15 (72 hour window)

 

Movie available for viewing at your convenience.

 

$12 per household. Reservation required. 

 

ZOOM EVENT: GOD OF THE PIANO COMMUNITY DISCUSSION

Monday, March 15 

7:30 PM

A community conversation led by Rabbi Michael Panitz. 

Free with purchase of film ticket. 

THE CROSSING

Virtual Screening: Sunday, February 21 - Tuesday, February 23 (72 hour window)

 

Movie available for viewing at your convenience. Includes a pre-recorded discussion with filmmaker Johanne Helgeland

 

$12 per household. Reservation required. 

 

 

 


Previous Films

 

Offering shared experiences and connections through film and cultural programs inspired by Jewish legacy and values over the last 28 years, here’s a look back at the most recent films the community has enjoyed, many of which are now available online at little or no cost.

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

 

2015