The Curious Case of Kiryas Joel Mom’s Night Out Comedy Night

The Curious Case of Kiryas Joel

The Rise of a Village Theocracy and the Battle to Defend the Separation of Church and State

Mom’s Night Out

Mamaleh Knows Best:
What Jewish Mothers Do to Raise Successful, Creative, Empathetic, Independent Children.

Comedy Night

Comedians Johnny Lampert and Moody McCarthy

13th annual international

Jewish Film Festival

Our Bar Mitzvah Year!

MARCH 27 – APRIL 20, 2016



Tuesday, April 19, 1:30PM

Bow Tie Cinemas
Encore Presentation

The Last Mentsch

Rockland Country Premiere
Country: Germany, Switzerland, France
Language: German, Hungarian, Hebrew, English, Yiddish
Year of Release: 2016
Running Time: 93 minutes
Directed by Pierre-Henry Salfati
Genre: Drama/Holocaust
Having spent a lifetime concealing his heritage, an aging German Holocaust survivor tries to come to terms with his past. Born as Menachem Teitelbaum, Marcus Schwarz) escaped Auschwitz and exterminated his Jewishness. With no synagogue, Jewish friends or family, the hardened old man has done such an effective job of creating a new identity that, when faced with his own mortality, the rabbis refuse his about-face appeal to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. Determined to return to his birthplace and establish his ancestry, he enlists the help of Gül, a brash, chain-smoking Turkish girl with a troubled history of her own. The unlikely duo sets out on a road trip to a village on the Hungarian-Romanian border, a journey that will irrevocably change them both.


Tuesday, April 19, 7:30PM

Regal Cinemas

Once In A Lifetime

Hudson Valley Premiere
Country: France
Language: French
Year of Release: 2016
Running Time: 105 minutes
Directed by  Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar
Genre: Drama/Holocaust
Speaker: Etzion Neuer

A dedicated history teacher at a French high school, Anne Gueguen (Ariane Ascaride), is determined to give the best education she can to her underprivileged inner-city pupils. Overcoming their apathy, however, is proving to be more difficult than expected. Frustrated but undaunted, Anne tests her multicultural classroom with a unique assignment: a national competition on the theme of child victims of the Nazi concentration camps. The project is initially met with extreme resistance, until a face-to-face encounter with a Holocaust survivor changes the students’ attitudes dramatically. Despite their long-shot odds of winning, these once-rebellious teens soon begin to see one another – and themselves – in a whole new light. Once In A Lifetime demonstrates the enduring impact of the Holocaust in transforming future generations.
Sponsored by
Orli & Mark Irgang and Family
Orange & Rockland Utilities

Wednesday, April 20, 1:30PM


Streit’s Matzo and the American Dream

Encore Screening
Country: USA
Language: English
Year of Release: 2014
Running Time: 75 minutes
Directed by Michael Levin
Genre: Documentary
Speaker: Aaron Gross and Streit’s Family Members

Streit’s Matzo factory is moving to Orangeburg, NY! Come see this newly edited wonderful retrospective of the history of this iconic factory which includes its new home. Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream is the story of the last family-owned matzo bakery in America during their final year at their historic New York City factory; the iconic Jewish institution which, for five generations, has been baking matzos from inside four unassuming tenement buildings on New York’s Lower East Side.
Sponsored by
Institute for Advanced Rehab At Friedwald Center
Streit’s Matzo

All sponsors and advanced ticket holders will receive a free box of Streit’s Matzo.

Wednesday, April 20, 7:30PM

Regal Cinemas

Rabin In His Own Words

Hudson Valley Premiere
Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew
Year of Release: 2016
Running Time: 
110 minutes
Directed by Erez Laugher
Genre: Documentary
Speakers: Eran Polishuk, Director of Film & Media, Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in NY, Clyde Haberman, contributing writer and former columnist for The New

Twenty years after the assassination that plunged Israel and the peace process into turmoil, RABIN IN HIS OWN WORDS is a moving firsthand account of the late prime minister and statesmen’s dramatic life story. Through a combination of rare recordings and documents, Yitzhak Rabin himself narrates his biography, from his childhood in Tel Aviv as the son of a labor leader before the founding of the State of Israel, to farm worker, then through his IDF military service and his later diplomatic and political career. Included in this unique assemblage of archival materials are newly released 8mm home movies, family letters, uncensored memoirs, off-the-record interviews, and other personal records never seen or heard since their original broadcast 40 years ago. These candid public and private thoughts from a famously introverted personality illuminate the lesser known chapters of Rabin’s story, as well as some of the most critical junctures of the Jewish State.
An important historical document, RABIN IN HIS OWN WORDS reveals the complexity and contradictions of a legendary leader, while rekindling the debate about opportunities lost and taken for peace. Winner of the Best Documentary prize at the Haifa International Film Festival.
Sponsored by
Israel Bonds

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New City, NY 10956
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West Nyack, NY 10994

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JCC Rockland International Jewish Film Festival Committee

Co-Chairs: Micki Leader
Janet Burnet

Sara Fuerst
Marilyn Kleinman
Daniel Lehrfeld
Lynn Lehrfeld
Leta Lenik
Melinda Levin
Barbara Oransky
Renee Wiener

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Franco Riffo, GM Lafayette Theater
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Bonnie and Alan Elkin, Ellen and Arthur Wagner, Active International

Senior Film Sponsor

Fountainview at College Road


Better World Productions/Leta and David Lenik
Merri and Ned Braunstein
The Challah Fairy
Simona and Jerry Chazen
Crowne Plaza Suffern – Mahwah
Double Tree Hilton, Nanuet; Judy and Jeff Weinberger, Andrea and Stuart Weinberger, Rhonda Weinberger
Edgewood Country Club
Gibraltar Real Estate & Development
Lisa Green
Orli and Mark Irgang
The Majansky Family
Mindworks Charitable Trust
Institute for Advanced Rehab at Friedman Center
Lila and Jules Stern
Orange and Rockland Utilities
Orange Bank & Trust
Pride Caterers
Tallman Beach & Pool Club
Yetta Brenner Memorial Fund, Endowed by Marilyn and Abraham Kleinman; Jewish Federation of Rockland County


Ilse and John Lang
*Denise and Adam Lipson
Gwen and Steve Rosenzweig
*Supervisor Christopher P. St. Lawrence, Town of Ramapo
Lois and Bob Silverman, Macabee Foods
Rivertown Magazine


Carol and Andrew Blau
Dr. Yochanan Burnstein and Doris Herzfeld
Marla Cohen and Avrom Caplan
*Senator David Carlucci
Joan and Alvin Chasen
Ellyn and Daniel Cohen
Cathy and Bert Distelburger
Susan and Lloyd Ecker
Mildred and Les Feibusch
Anita Finkelstein and Morton Julius
Marsha and Gary Forman
Norman Friedman
Lori and Richard Goldman
Bobbie and Marty Goldstein
Judy and Ken Gribetz
Sandy & David Haas
Gayle Kreinik and Michael Harap
*Councilwoman Stephanie Hausner, Town of Clarkstown
Julie and Tom Hirschfeld
Izzy Plumbing and Heating, Inc.
Dr. Phyllis Weingarten and Michael Kann
Vivian & Joel Katz
Elissa and Jeff Koenig
*Sande and Gary Lefkowitz
Lynn and Dan Lehrfeld
Lois and Bob Lesserson
Judy and Walter Litvak
*Congreswoman Nita Lowey
Sharon and Elliot Mitchel
Charlotte and Jack Neugarten
Shelley and David Pollack
Donna and Don Riley
Marlene and Steve Portnoy
*Chairperson Kristin Zebrowski Stavisky, Rockland County Democratic Committee
Ellie and Dan Salmon
Robin and Benj Steinman
Sterling National Bank
Mrs. Renee and Judge Alfred Weiner
Lillian and Richard Weinberger
Roberta and Michael Zahl
Anne and Joel Zbar
*Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski

Associate Producer

Lillian Adler
Ellen Bertisch
Judith Epstein
Judy and Paul Galan
Ruth and Karl Hess
HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center
Judy Josephs
Dr. Michele Katz and Barry Katz
*Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato
Rita Reiss
Santi Express Inc
Marcia Siegel
Roz Stopnik
*Supervisor, Andy Stewart, Town of Orangetown
*Annmarie and Robert Uhl

Non Profit

Beth Am Temple
Congregation Shaarey Israel
Congregation Sons of Israel, Nyack
Dominican College
Hillel of Rockland
Holocaust Museum & Center for Education & Tolerance
Israel Bonds
Kehillas Bais Yehudah
Kosher Troops
Lower New York State Region of Hadassah
Montebello Jewish Center
Nanuet Hebrew Center
National Council of Jewish Women
New City Jewish Center
Orangetown Jewish Center
The Reform Temple of Rockland
Rivertown Film
Rockland Community College
Rockland Jewish Academy
Rockland Jewish Family Service
Temple Beth Sholom

*In Memory of Steve Jaffee