Welcome to International Jewish Film Festival

14th annual international

Jewish Film Festival

MARCH 5 – APRIL 5, 2017

18 dates, 14 films

Opening night: March 5, 7:30pm

The Women’s Balcony

Lafayette Theater, Suffern

The Women's Balcony

A Film by Shlomit Nehama and Emil Ben-Shimon
Israel, 2016
Language: Hebrew
Genre: Comedy, Drama
96 minutes

An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.

When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and tries to take control. This tests the women’s friendships and creates an almost Lysistrata-type rift between the community’s women and men.


Overall Sponsor

Lia Toyota of Rockland

Sponsorship Opportunities
Film Sponsor Form

Film SCREENING Locations:

Regal Cinemas
The Shops at Nanuet
5101 Fashion Drive
Nanuet NY, 10954
Lafayette Theater
7 Lafayette Ave.,
Suffern, NY 10901


Monica Rosenbaum
Program Director


Lia Toyota of Rockland


Overall Festival Sponsor

Lia Toyota of Rockland


The Benmosche Family
Leader & Berkon, LLP, The Leader Family


Bonnie and Alan Elkin, Ellen and Arthur Wagner, Active International

Senior Film Sponsor

Fountainview at College Road


Better World Productions/Leta and David Lenik
Dr Yochanan Burnstein and Doris Herzfeld
Merri and Ned Braunstein
Simona and Jerry Chazen
Crowne Plaza Suffern-Mahwah
Edgewood County Club
Good Samaritan Hospital
Lisa Green
Orli and Mark Irgang
Ilse and John Lang
The Majansky Family
Mindworks Charitable Trust
Orange and Rockland Utilities
Orange Bank & Trust
Pride Caterers
Lila and Jules Stern
Yetta Brenner Memorial Fund, Endowed by Marilyn and Abraham Kleinman; Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County


Julie and Tom Hirschfeld
Lynn and Daniel Lehrfeld
Denise and Adam Lipson
Rivertown Magazine
Gwen and Steve Rosenzweig


Marla Cohen and Avrom Caplan
Joan and Alvin Chasen
Ellyn and Dan Cohen
Anita Finkelstein and Morton Julius
Marsha and Gary Forman
Norman Friedman
Bobbie and Marty Goldstein
Judy and Ken Gribetz
Ruth and Karl Hess
Dr. Phyllis Weingarten and Michael Kann
Gayle Kreinik and Michael Harap
Lois and Bob Lesserson
Judy and Walter Litvak
Lyn and Hank Myers
Sharon and Elliot Mitchel
Charlotte and Jack Neugarten
Shelley and David Pollack
Donna and Don Riley
Dr. Alan and Lydia Rosenfeld
Ellie and Dan Salmon
Robin and Benj Steinman
Sterling National Bank
Robin and Benj Steinman
Annmarie and Robert Uhl
Mrs Renee and Judge Alfred Weiner
Lillian and Richard Weinberger
Roberta and Michael Zahl
Anne and Joel Zbar
Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski


Lillian Adler
Ellen Bertisch
Carol and Andew Blau
Judith Epstein
Judy and Paul Galan
Judy Josephs
Dr Michele Katz and Barry Katz
Santi Express – Sheryl Santi
Lori and Alan Schwartz
Marcia Siegel
Roz Stopnik


Beth Am Temple
Congregation Shaarey Israel
Congregation Sons of Israel, Nyack
Dominican College
Friedwald Center
Hillel of Rockland
Holocaust Museum & Center for Education & Tolerance
Israel Bonds
Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County
Kehillas Bais Yehudah
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 Services
Temple Beth Sholom