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COMMUNITY PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Omaha Jewish Film Festival Begins October 22

The Jewish Federation of Omaha and the Institute for Holocaust Education (IHE) are working together to produce the festival. An exciting addition this year is the collaboration with The Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater, Omaha’s own nonprofit cinema at 1340 Mike Fahey Street where the second film in the series, “The Women’s Balcony,” will be shown.

We extend our thanks to the generous sponsors of this year’s film festival. They are the Henry Monsky Lodge of B’nai B’rith, and the following Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation funds: Klutznick/Creighton Custodial Fund, Frederick J. Simon Memorial Endowment Fund, Samuel & Bess Rothenberg Memorial Endowment Fund, Lois Jeanne Schrager Memorial Fund, Kenneth Ray Tretiak Memorial Fund, Ruth Frisch & Oscar S. Belzer Endowment Fund and the Avy L. & Roberta L. Miller Film Fund. Because of the generosity of the sponsors, tickets for films screened in the JCC theater are only $5 per show. The film at the Ruth Sokolof Theater will follow regular Film Streams pricing.

No movie night is complete without something to munch on. Popcorn, snacks, and beverages will be available each evening. Mark your calendars and attend as many of the nights – all of the nights – that are possible for you.



Sunday, October 22 | opening film events




israeli pickling workshop

Sunday, October 22, 2017
4:00-5:00pm  |  RBJH Husker Sports Lounge

COST: $5 per jar
Space is limited - 40 jar maximum



In the spirit of the 16th Annual Omaha Jewish Film Festival’s first film, “The Pickle Recipe”, please join Community Shaliach, Yoni Doron, to learn how to make your own homemade Israeli Pickle jar and learn about Jewish pickling traditions. Families with children ages 8 and up are welcome. Although price is per jar made, all family members attending must register.

Questions? Contact Yoni Doron at ydoron@jewishomaha.org or (402) 334-6420.

The Omaha Jewish Film Festival opening reception and film is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation Klutznick/Creighton Custodial Fund

deli inspired reception

Sunday, October 22, 2017
6:30 PM  |  JCC Gallery


Join us before the film for a reception featuring DILLicous deli inspired bites.


"The pickle Recipe" film

Sunday, October 22, 2017
7:00 PM  |  JCC Theater


"The Pickle Recipe,” is a 2016 US comedy in English, running 1hr 37min. The film’s producers provide the following story line: “Joey Miller is the undisputed king of Detroit party MC’s. He’s also a single father and deeply in debt. To make matters worse, during his latest, one-of-a-kind wedding performances, all his prized sound equipment gets destroyed in a freak accident. To add insult to injury, his daughter Julie’s Bat-Mitzvah is only weeks away and she’s counting on him to MC her party. After exhausting all of his options, he turns to his shady Uncle Morty, who agrees to give him the needed money to get back into business. But only under one condition. Joey must go and steal his grandmother Rose’s most prized possession: her famous top secret dill pickle recipe. And it’s a recipe which she has vowed to take to her grave.” Lynn Cohen was awarded Best Actress at the Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival. The Film won the Audience Award for Best Comedy at the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival and named the Best Film at the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival. Tickets: $5









Thursday, October 26 | 7pm | Film Streams, Ruth Sokolof Theater

We are excited to announce that through the collaborative efforts of the Jewish Federation of Omaha, the Institute for Holocaust Education, and Film Streams, Omaha's own nonprofit cinema, THE WOMEN'S BALCONY will be shown at Film Streams in the Ruth Sokolof theater. A panel discussion will follow the screening of the film.

"The Women's Balcony" is an Israeli comedy released in 2017 in Hebrew with English subtitles, screening at The Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater, When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue [in Jerusalem] 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. A post-film panel will take place after the screening. Tickets for this film are $10 general, $7.50 for students, seniors, teachers and military, and $5 for Film Streams Members.




Sunday, November 5 | 7pm | JCC Theater

"There are Jews Here,” is a US documentary released in 2016 in English. The film presents untold stories of four once thriving American Jewish communities that are now barely holding on. Many American Jews live in large cities where they are free to define themselves in any way they wish. But almost invisible to most of the country are roughly one million Jews scattered across far-flung communities. For them, Jewish identity is a daily urgent challenge; if they don’t personally uphold their communities and live affirmative Jewish lives, they and their legacies could fade away forever.” Tickets for this film are $5.








Sunday, November 12 | 7pm | JCC Theater

"Dirty Wolves" is a Spanish drama released in 2015 in French/German/Spanish with English subtitles. Magic meets reality in a story inspired by real events. It is 1942. Manuela, a single mother, works in the Wolfram mines in rural Galicia, Spain. The mines are run by Nazi Germany and the Allies are eager to make sure the strategic metal does not reach German factories. When her sister Candela, helps a Jewish prisoner to cross the border to Portugal, they both will get involved in a game of power that will make them choose between their sense of justice or a riskless life. Tickets for this film are $5.










Sunday, November 19 | 7pm | JCC Theater

“Rock in the Red Zone” is an Israeli documentary released in 2015 in English/Hebrew with English subtitles. The presents a personal view from the ground on the frontlines of an endless war, and a powerful exploration into the lives and art of musicians struggling to create in a conflict zone. On the edge of Israel’s Negev Desert lies Sderot, a city of factory workers and rock musicians – the children of refugees from North Africa and the Middle East. Despite being pummeled for years by homemade missiles, the people of Sderot persevere.