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Scenes from the 2013 Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival

film festAt the screening of “Kinderblock 66-Return to Buchenwald” on April 8 were (front row, l-r) film director Rob Cohen, “Buchenwald Boys” Alex Moskovic and Abby Weiner, and Festival chair Ronny Siegel; (back row, l-r), Festival sponsors Zach Kirstein and Harold Kirstein, executive producer Steve Moskovic, moderator Stu Abrams. Photo credit: Stu Levy






Open Night Group-1Among the 300 people in attendance at the Festival’s April 4 opening night at Hartford’s Spotlight Theatres, were (standing, ­l – r) Mandell JCC President Ted Kaplan, First Vice President Jeffrey Hoffman, opening night sponsor Alan Lazowski, Jonah Lazowski, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and Joyce Mandell, chair of the Mandell JCC Pillars Society; (Kneeling in front) festival chair Ronny Siegel and Rabbi Philip Lazowski. Photo credit: Stu Levy





Zern Chair-1Following the closing night screening of the film “Hava Nagila,” Howard Zern of Simsbury Bank, a Festival co sponsor, enjoyed being lifted in a chair during a spirited hora at the JCC on Israel’s 65th Independence Day. Photo credit: Stu Levy

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