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The mission of the Center for Jewish Life is to maximize involvement of Omaha's Jewish community in imaginative, compelling and meaningful Jewish experiences


13th Annual Jewish Omaha Film Festival
Kicks Off August 10th

Click here to read Jewish Press festival overview article

"Fill the Void"

August 10, 7 pm, JCC Theater
$8 Admission at the Door
(Israel, 2013, 90 minutes, Hebrew with English Subtitles)

"Fill the Void" is a 2013 award-winning Israeli film centering on the unexpected dilemma for Shira, who, at 18 years of age, is the youngest daughter of a Tel Aviv Hassidic family. As Shira is about to be married, tragedy strikes the family when her older sister dies while giving birth. As the widower struggles to move forward, Shira’s mother proposes a match between him and Shira. Now she must choose between her heart’s desire and family duty. 
Dr. Guy Matalon will share his thoughts and lead a discussion following the movie. Dr. Matalon is the former director of the Center for Jewish Education and director of the Natan and Hannah Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies at UNO.  He is presently the Executive Director of the Jerusalem Institute for Jewish Thought.   Click here to view trailer.


"The Zigzag Kid"

August 17, 7 pm, JCC Theater
$8 Admission at the door
Casual dinner preceding movie begins at 5:30 pm - $10
FREE dinner and movie for children 14 and under.
 (Netherlands, 2012, 95 minutes, Dutch/French/Englkish with English subtitles).

"The Zigzag Kid" has won a number of awards at other film festivals.  The film is based on the novel by David Grossman.  It is a witty, spirited, action-packed adventure in which Nono longs to be a good detective like his father, but he is constantly in trouble.  Following the movie, Assaf Gavron, the new Schusterman Scholar for the Schwalb Center at UNO will speak briefly.  Assaf will comment about his acquaintance with David Grossman.  Click here to view trailer.



"Rue Mandar - Where We Grew Up"

August 20, 7 pm, JCC Theater
$8 Admission at the door
(France, 2013, 95 minutes, French with English subtitles)

The film begins with a traditional Jewish funeral whose rituals no one can quite recall.  Three French/Jewish siblings are brought together for their mother's funeral after years of separation.  This family dramedy finds the siblings soon squabbling about religious tradition, each other, and what to do with their parents' apartment at 13 rue Mandar.  Click here to view trailer.


Magic Men

August 24, 7 pm, JCC Theater
$8 Admission at the door
(Israel, 2014, 100 minutes, Greek, Hebrew, English with English subtitles)
Avraham is a magician and Holocaust survivor who, during a return to Greece, tries to find a man who sheltered him during World War II.  He wants to travel alone but is forced to travel with his son, Yehuda.  Yehuda is not the typical Orthodox and doesn't conform to the stereotypes.  Click here to view trailer.

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