Traditionally screened at various locations throughout Tidewater, the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by Alma & Howard Laderberg, offers a range of cinema experiences, from compelling documentaries to poignant comedies that engage and spark conversations.

 

29th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film
February 24-28, 2022

 

A STARRY SKY ABOVE THE ROMAN GHETTO
FEBRUARY 24

A STARRY SKY ABOVE THE ROMAN GHETTO
Un Cielo Stellato Sopra Il Ghetto Di Roma
Thursday, February 24, 7:30 PM

Followed by a discussion with Director Giulio Base

 

Susan S. Goode Fine and

Performing Arts Center

Virginia Wesleyan University

5817 Wesleyan Drive

Virginia Beach

 

Director Giulio Base | 100 mins
Italy | 2020

 

Tickets: $12

Limited seating, pre-purchase strongly suggested.
Join us in the theater or watch at home, LIVE!

 

Led by a talented ensemble of young actors, this inspirational interfaith story is a reminder of the importance of memory, coexistence and resolving generational friction. When teenaged Sofia finds a wartime photo of a Jewish child hidden in an old suitcase, she enlists the help of a group of students from Rome’s Jewish community to discover the fate of this person. Her quest will have life-changing consequences as she discovers the truth about the child’s history, as well as that of her own family. The film offers a refreshing look at history through the eyes of a new generation.

 

 

 

TANGO SHALOM
FEBRUARY 26

TANGO SHALOM
Saturday, February 26, 7:30 PM
Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center Virginia Wesleyan University
5817 Wesleyan Drive, Virginia Beach
THE BIG SATURDAY NIGHT CELEBRATION INCLUDING CHAMPAGNE AND DESSERT RECEPTION
Followed by a conversation with the film’s stars, ____ and ____
Director Gabriel Bologna | 115 min
USA | 2020
English | PG-13

 

 

 

BEN GUIRON, EPILOGUE
FEBRUARY 27

BEN GURION, EPILOGUE

FOLLOWED BY A DISCUSSION WITH PRODUCER AND EDITOR, YAEL PERLOV

 

Sunday, February 27

2:30 PM

Susan S. Goode Fine and

Performing Arts Center

Virginia Wesleyan University

5817 Wesleyan Drive

Virginia Beach

 

Tickets: $12

Limited seating, pre-purchase strongly suggested.
Join us in the theater or watch at home, LIVE!

 

Director Yariv Mozer | 70 min

Israel | 2016

Hebrew with English Subtitles | Not Rated

 

An interview with David Ben-Gurion, one of modern history's greatest leaders, emerges from the obscurity of an archive where it has lain unrecognized for decades. It is 1968, and Ben-Gurion is 82 years old, five years before his death. He lives in the seclusion of his home in the desert, remote from all political discourse, which allows him a perspective on the Zionist enterprise. His introspective soul-searching is the focus of this film, and his reflections provide a surprising vision for today's crucial decisions and for the future of Israel.

 

Yael Perlov is the two-time winner of the Israeli Academy Prize for film, laureate of the Art of Film prize of the Ministry of Art and Culture, senior lecturer at the Film and Television Department at Tel Aviv University, and is currently a visiting scholar at Duke University.

 

As part of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, Simon Family JCC, Embassy of Israel and community partners’ 11th annual Israel Today series.

 

 

 

HESTER STREET
FEBRUARY 28

HESTER STREET
Monday, February 28, 7:00 PM
A sparkling new 4K restoration in honor of the film’s 40th anniversary
MAL VINCENT’S PICK
Naro Expanded Cinema
1507 Colley Avenue, Norfolk
Includes a conversation with Mal Vincent and Rabbi Michael Panitz
Director Joan Michelin Silver | 89 min
USA | 1975
English | PG

 

 

 

 

 

 

-  BEYOND THE FESTIVAL  - 

TIGER WITHIN
APRIL 24

TIGER WITHIN
Thursday, February 24, 7:30 PM
Cinema Café Kemps River
1220 Fordham Drive, Virginia Beach
Director Rafael Zielinski | 98 min
USA | 2020
English | Not Rated

 

FAST FAQS

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 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.

 

Ticket Pricing


Film Festival Ticket Pricing: Full Festival Pass $50 (Includes all four films. Must Purchase by February 1, 2022)
The BIG Saturday Night Film & Celebration: $25
Individual Film Tickets for All Other Films: $12 

 

Theaters Have Limited Seating, Pre-Purchase Strongly Suggested.

 

Event Information

The well-being of our audience members and theater teams remain our top priority. The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC continue to follow the guidance and recommendations of the CDC and Virginia Department of Health. Please keep an eye on Virginia Festival of Jewish Film for the most up to date COVID health protocols.

 

Kids Night Out Babysitting at the Simon Family JCC open for JCC members for the BIG Saturday Night Celebration of Jewish Film. (Registration required at the JCC Front Desk, limited availability.)

 

Eventive Virtual Option

Information coming soon!

 

Full Event At-A-Glace

Information coming soon!

 

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS PATRONS OF THE ARTS AND SPONSORS:

 

 

Avraham and Karen Ashkenazi

Ken and Betty Berklee

Wendy Jo and Ronald Brodsky

Stephanie Calliott and Don London

Caplan Family Foundation

Jeff Chernitzer and Billye Roy

Susan and Andrew Cohen

Cheryl Dronzek

Leora and Nathan Drory

Barbara Dudley

Susan and Jim Eilberg

Debby and Fred Fink

Mona and Jeffrey Flax

Alan and Esther Fleder Foundation

 

 

Anne and Lawrence Fleder

Alicia and Robert Friedman

Shari Friedman and Andrew King

Helen G. Gifford Foundation

Glenda and Lewis Greenhouse

Laura and Fred Gross

Jeri Jo and Bill Halprin

Marcia Hofheimer

Connie Jacobson

Jaffe Family Fund

Michael Jaffe

Carol and Joel Jason

Betsy and Ed Karotkin

Jodi and Jay Klebanoff

Milton "Mickey" Kramer Scholar-in-Residence Fund

Anne and Eddie Kramer

 

 

Celia Krichman Charitable Trust

Sierra and Steven Lautman

Fern and Larry Leibowitz

Arnold Leon

David Leon

Sandra Porter Leon and Miles Leon

Caren and Stephen Leon

Betty Ann and Scott Levin

Nancy Levin

Karen and Rick Lombart

Joan London

Robin and Matt Mancoll

Marcia and Burton Moss

Stacie and Marc Moss

Andrew Nusbaum

Ellie Porter

Sharon and Gene Ross

 

 

Sara Jo and Joel Rubin

Miriam Seeherman

Patty and Herm Shelanski

Sandy and Norman Sher

Leslie and Lawrence Siegel

Helen Goldsticker Sissel

Edward Soltz

Arlene and Ralph Soussan

Lawrence Steingold

Renee and John Strelitz

Tidewater Jewish Foundation

Diane and Sam Werbel

Amy and Frank Zelenka

Laure and Richard Saunders

Lynn Schoenbaum

 

 

FOR TICKETS OR MORE INFORMATION

Contact Hunter Thomas, Director of Arts & Entertainment at  HThomas@ujft.org or (757) 965-6137.

 

 

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.

 

2022

 

2021

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

 

2015