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Second Annual Beckerman Jewish Film Series April 2 – May 11, 2017

WOODBRIDGE — The JCC of Greater New Haven will present the Second Annual Beckerman Jewish Film Series April 2-May 11. The film series will feature a diverse collection of Jewish and Israeli films to be shown in the Greater New Haven area, including Westville, Hamden, Branford, Seymour, Woodbridge, West Haven, Madison, and New Haven.

The films selected explore a variety of comedic, dramatic, historical, and modern themes, both classics and new releases. Partnering with the JCC are an array of community organizations across the region: Historic Lyric Hall, Yale University’s Department of Judaic Studies, Congregation Mishkan Israel (Hamden), Guilford Library, The Jewish Federation’s Shoreline and Women’s Philanthropy departments, Woodbridge Town Library, Tower One Tower East, the Jewish Federation’s Young Israeli Emissaries, Madison Art Cinemas, and Hadassah chapters from the Shoreline and Wepawaug Valley.

“The Beckerman Film Series gives the Greater New Haven Jewish community an opportunity to explore relevant and important issues through a community film experience,” said JCC President Scott Hurwitz. “The discussions that accompany most films allow audiences to process the content event further, often with the filmmakers themselves and/or experts in the field. We are thankful for the continued support from the Beckerman Foundation, as well as our local sponsors at CT Humanities and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.”

Description of films and tickets for each event are available at Online RSVPs are requested at all free events. Door sales are available on a first come, first serve basis. More information is available at


Film Schedule:


Raise-the-RoofSunday, April 2

Raise the Roof

2 p.m., Lyric Hall Theater

(827 Whalley Ave., Westville) $10

Post-film discussion with Federation Board member, Deb Gaudette and Lyric Hall Founder John Cavaliere.


the kind wordsThursday, April 6

The Kind Words

6:30 p.m., Yale University’s Luce Hall

(34 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven) Free

Talkback with Shiri Goren, Senior Lector of Modern Hebrew and Hebrew Program Director at Yale University.


denialSunday, April 9


7 p.m., The Strand Theater

(165 Main St., Seymour) $10

A talkback discussion will follow the film.



streits matzoThursday, April 13

Streit’s Matzo and the American Dream

7 p.m., Congregation Mishkan Israel

(785 Ridge Road, Hamden)

7:30 p.m., Evergreen Woods

(88 Notch Hill Road, North Branford) Free

Congregation Mishkan Israel’s Rabbi Herbert Brockman will deliver a post-film talkback in Hamden and Film Director, Michael Levine will speak with the audience at Evergreen Woods.



rememberThursday, April 20


7 p.m., Woodbridge Town Library

(10 Newton Road, Woodbridge) Free



the age of loveSunday, April 23

The Age of Love

7 p.m., Tower One Tower East

(18 Tower Lane, New Haven) Free



the women's balconyThursday, April 27

The Women’s Balcony

7 p.m., Bowtie Criterion Cinema

(86 Temple St., New Haven) $10

Pre-show reception at 6 p.m. ($5). A talkback discussion will follow the film.



beneath teh helmetSunday, April 30

Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front

7 p.m., Temple Emanuel

(150 Derby Ave., Orange) Free

Presented with Yom Hazikaron ceremony for Israel’s fallen soldiers at 6:30 p.m. Talkback by Aviv Regev, deputy company commander and lieutenant of the 101st Paratrooper Brigade who led 120 soldiers at the age of 23.



indignationThursday, May 4


7 p.m., Bucknall Theater at UNH

(300 Boston Post Road, West Haven)

$10 or $5 with a valid student ID.



Raise-the-RoofSunday, May 7

Raise the Roof

(Encore screening)

10:30 a.m., Madison Art Cinemas

(761 Boston Post Road, Madison) $10



disturbing the peaceThursday, May 11

Disturbing the Peace

7 p.m., Regal Stadium 12

(325 East Main St., Branford) $10

Rabbi Joshua Ratner from the Jewish Community Relations Council and Yale’s Imam Omer Bajwa will facilitate a post-film Q&A.

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