2017 Special Events

THURSDAY, MAY 18
Jewish Community Center

6:00 pm – Israeli Buffet Feast (reservations required SOLD OUT)
7:00 pm – Film Screening (dessert reception follows)

Join us as we open our 23rd season with In Search of Israeli Cuisine, a culinary journey through Israel from top to bottom, and discover that “Israeli cuisine” is in fact a delectable amalgam of the more than 100 cultures that make up the country today.  

Our Opening Night presentation will be preceded by a delectable Israeli feast created by some of the best cooks in Harrisburg’s Jewish community, from the recipes of two world-renowned Israeli-born chefs: Michael Solomonov, star of In Search of Israeli Cuisine and owner/chef of Philadelphia’s Zahav, and Yotam Ottolenghi, author of the Jerusalem cookbook and owner/chef of the acclaimed London restaurant that bears his name.

BUFFET DINNER IS SOLD OUT.  PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE FILM AND DESSERT RECEPTION AT 7:00!

$36/person for dinner, film, and dessert reception – please note:  complimentary tickets will NOT be accepted for this Opening Night event, and we appreciate your understanding.

Film and dessert reception $15/person.

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FRIDAY, MAY 19
6:00 p.m., Midtown Cinema

It’s a celebration of Star Trek at the Midtown this 3rd in the Burg.  For the Love of Spock, the Film Festival’s 3rd in the Burg offering, will be  followed (at 9:00) by J.J. Abrams’ masterful 2009 feature film, which includes Leonard Nimoy’s penultimate outing as the half-Vulcan, half-human Mr. Spock.  Come dressed as your favorite character – no doubt there’ll be more than a few pairs of pointy ears in attendance!

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SUNDAY, MAY 21
10:00 a.m., Midtown Cinema
(with 9:15 pre-screening nosh)

Since its first appearance in the Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival in 2009, the Book Club event has grown in popularity year by year.   If history is any guide, whether you read the book ahead of time, then see the film and participate in the discussion, or you simply come to see the film and stay to listen and learn, you’ll be glad you got up on Sunday morning to join us at the Midtown. 

And as for this season’s selection, consider The New York Observer’s Adam Begley’s appeal:  “Read Indignation,” he said of Roth’s 24th novel,  “Read it with a ear for the naked power of Philip Roth at full tilt.”   And then watch the film — “easily the best film made of a Roth novel,” wrote Stephen Holden in The New York Times, “which is saying a lot.”  

Please join us after 9:15 a.m. for bagels, coffee, and a screening of Indignation, followed by a discussion of the novel and its screen adaptation with Professor Helen Khanzhina.  

 

Our thanks to our community partner, the Midtown Scholar Bookstore (1302 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg), which is offering a 20% in-store discount on Indignation and all new copies of Philip Roth novels, now through May 31st.  Or use Festival coupon code JFF20 for a 20% discount on your online order of used books at MidtownScholar.com (expires 5/31/17).

Helen Khanzhina

Author and scholar Dr. Yelena (Helen) P. Khanzhina-Wexler earned her Ph.D. in World Literature from the University of St. Petersburg (Russia). Professor Khanzhina-Wexler immigrated to the United States in the 1990s, where she has continued to teach literature and writing at the university level.

 


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TUESDAY, MAY 23
11:00 a.m., Midtown Cinema
(with 10:15 morning tea)
Admission $10

“One Just for Me” is the name we’ve given to this special screening, designed for stay-at-home moms or dads with school-aged kids, and others whose schedules make it difficult for them to get to afternoon and evening Film Festival screenings.  “One Just for Me” will begin with a pre-movie morning tea, and continue with a screening of In Between, a film that will transport you across the world to the vibrant heart of Tel Aviv, and to a culture that looks familiar, but which most definitely has rules of its own.

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Guest Panel Event: Operation Wedding

WEDNESDAY, May 24
7:30 p.m., Midtown Cinema

That a group of young, mostly Jewish, Soviet dissidents attempted to hijack a plane from the USSR to Israel in 1970 would be remarkable enough.   But that this brave, seemingly suicidal act – which was indeed foiled by the KGB, with two of the planners sentenced to death and the rest to many years in the gulag – would ultimately force the hand of the Kremlin and lead to the legal exodus of 300,000 Soviet Jews from the USSR over the next decade, is nothing short of extraordinary. 

Operation Wedding tells the first part of this story, and after the screening, we will meet a number of Soviet Jewish émigrés  who have made their lives in Harrisburg since as early as the late ’70s.  They will share their memories of being Jewish in the Soviet Union as well as their experiences as immigrants to our community, and answer questions from the audience.