What’s On at the Jewish Cultural Center

Read the June 2014 Shofar online now. Go to About Us>Publications. The summer calendars are all there!

Coming up in June: Federation offices will be closed from Tues., June 3 at 3pm through Thurs., June 5.

Be sure to check schedule for more information about the YL Beach Party Sunday, June 8, Kitchen Table Conversations Wed., June 11, and CommUnity in Israel with Austin Center Thursday, June 26. You can also keep up with happenings on Facebook (plug in Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga).

Read the April Shofar online at About Us >Publications.

Join us Sunday, April 27 at the JCC for the Yom HaShoah Commemoration, with a reading of the names at  3 p.m. and Commemoration at 4 p.m.

Foreign Policy Supper Club on Monday, April 28 will discuss Turkey’s Challenges.” 6 p.m.$10 includes dinner. RSVP to 493-0270, ext. 10 or rsvp@jewishchattanooga.com.

Join us at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30 at the JCC for the first of five films that will be screened during the Seventh Annual Jewish Film Series. Aftermath (100 minutes, Polish with English subtitles) is the story of Franek and Jozek Kalina, sons of a poor farmer from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the United States in the 80’s and cut all ties with his family. Only when Jozek’s wife arrives in the US without explanation does Franek finally return to his homeland. Franek discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community, and constantly receives various threats. As Franek and Jozek struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a gothic tale of intrigue. The two brothers eventually uncover a dark secret that forces them to confront the history of their family and their hometown. Abe Foxman (National Director, Anti-Defamation League), writing for the Huffington Post, called the film, “Riveting. A must-see film. In a sophisticated way, it does a better job of communicating the power and destructiveness of anti-Semitism than almost any other film.”$7 includes popcorn and a soft drink or water.

Join us for Israeli Happy Hour with Galit Mor and Eitan Akman Thursday, May 1 at the Flying Squirrel at 5:30.

Come celebrate Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’Atzmaut at the JCC Sunday, May 4 at 4 p.m.

The Seventh Annual Jewish Film Series will screen Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. (80 min., English) Americans have long depended on Canada for three things: oil, maple syrup & comedians, and David Steinberg counts among Canada’s biggest comedic exports. Born in Winnipeg, he attended Yeshiva in Chicago, abandoning his studies to join the legendary Second City. Film features priceless archival footage of his performances, including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (where he was 2nd only to Bob Hope in number of appearances) and the standup shows that put him in the ranks of George Carlin and Richard Pryor. At times too controversial for US networks, his religious sermonettes generated more hate mail for CBS than any network had ever received, resulting in the cancellation of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Directing credits include Seinfeld, Mad About You, Golden Girls and Curb Your Enthusiasm. $7 gets you the movie,  popcorn and a soft drink or water.

Wednesday, May 14 the Film Series continues with a screening of BETHLEHEM (99 minutes, Hebrew/Arabic with English subtitles).
This film tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. Shuttling back and forth between conflicting points of view, the film is a raw portrayal of characters torn apart by competing loyalties and impossible moral dilemmas, giving an unparalleled glimpse into the dark and fascinating world of human intelligence. Winner of Israeli Film Academy Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay; Israel’s nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards; and winner of the Venice Film Festival 2013 Fedeora Award for Best Film.$7 gets you the movie,  popcorn and a soft drink or water.

Kitchen Tables: Memories of Growing Up Jewish in Chattanooga Community Reception Thursday, May 15 at 5:30. Exhibit runs through July 18. 

Friday, May 16 is Aleph Bet Visitor Appreciation Day. Call for more information.

The Seventh Annual Jewish Film Series continues Wed. May 21 with a screening of Kidon (97 minutes, Hebrew, French with English subtitles). A zippy and sleek piece of popcorn entertainment, KIDON imagines the cloak-and-dagger puzzle behind the real-life assassination of a Hamas leader. The tongue-in-cheek action begins when Mahmoud al-Mabhouh is found dead in a Dubai hotel room. The local police immediately blame the Mossad and release security tapes showing what appear to be red-handed Israeli agents carrying out the killing. The shocking story makes international headlines, but no one is more shocked than the Mossad; they have never heard of these agents or their mission. An investigation to discover who carried out such an audacious operation is scrambled. The stellar ensemble includes Israeli stars Sasson Gabai, Raymonde Amsellem, and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Bar Refaeli. Director Emmanuel Naccache keeps the audience on its toes, packing in more than enough surprise twists, eye candy and escapist fun between the laughs.$7 gets you the movie,  popcorn and a soft drink or water.

The Seventh Annual Jewish Film Series concludes Wed. May 28 with a screening of Pour Le Femme (For a Woman) (100 minutes, French with English subtitles). The unexpected arrival of a brother who supposedly perished during World War II upsets the lives of a Jewish tailor and his pretty bride in this latest film from French veteran director Diane Kurys. Inspired by the director’s own family history, this beautifully crafted historical drama goes back and forth between the immediate postwar period and 1980s France, when a young director (Sylvie Testud, from Sagan) tries to write a screenplay inspired by the story of her parents. French stars Nicolas Duvauchelle and Benoit Magimel play Ukrainian-born but France-raised siblings, with Melanie Thierry playing the latter’s young wife, who finds herself inconveniently attracted to her brother-in-law.$7 gets you the movie,  popcorn and a soft drink or water.

Thursday, May 29 is Aleph Bet Graduation Day! 4 p.m., JCC.

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Aleph Bet Children’s Center Now Enrolling

A year-round, three-star (out of three) preschool program offered at the Jewish Cultural Center Monday through Friday. Children ages two through pre-K may enroll for part-time or full-time. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Children of all faiths, cultures, and nationalities are welcome. Aleph Bet is a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga. Learn more.

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