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The 2021 19th Annual Omaha Jewish Film Festival

7 pm | Alan J. Levine Performing Arts Theater

All films shown at 7pm at the Staenberg Omaha JCC in the Alan J. Levine Performing Arts Theater.

Last film of the 2021 series!

SATURday, DEcember 4

“Standing Up, Falling Down”
Comedy/drama produced in the United States in English, run time 1 hr 31 min.

A dramatic portrayal of Scott (Ben Schwartz), a struggling stand-up comedian and Marty (Billy Crystal), an alcoholic dermatologist who form an unlikely friendship and give each other the confidence to face their failures.

As a film-viewing bonus this year, the Jewish Federation of Omaha, along with numerous communities throughout the country, is participating in a "Hanukkah Film Festival" with Menemsha Films, one of our major film suppliers. New films will be released each of the eight consecutive nights beginning November 28. Eleven films in all will be available for viewing in the comfort of your own home. All ticketing for the Hanukkah Film Festival will be managed directly by Menemsha Films via, where you can also find the full line-up of films, many of which were screened and recommended by our own local film festival committee. Their standard price will be discounted to $36 for the entire festival if the exclusive code OMAHA is used at the time of checkout.  Proceeds from ticket sales will be shared between Menemsha and the JFO.

What to Expect at the 2021 Omaha Jewish Film Festival

  • Lowered Capacities & Social Distancing: Our theater capacity is lowered to allow for distancing between seated groups. We ask that patrons choose seats that will maintain a safe and respectful distance from others.
  • Masks: At this time, we ask that all patrons, including those fully vaccinated, wear a mask at our screenings, unless seated and eating or drinking concessions (complementary concessions will be available, as in the past).
  • Staff Health & Safety Precautions: All JFO staff wear masks while working on campus. These precautions apply to all staff members at this time, including those who are fully vaccinated.
  • Online Ticketing: All patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets online in advance.
  • Remote Streaming option: We are not streaming the four films scheduled to run in the theater. HOWEVER – we are offering a wonderful opportunity for streaming from home by participating in the 2021 Hanukkah Film Festival. Click here for details.

What You Can Do

  • Get Vaccinated! Building a community-wide defense against COVID-19 is a team effort. Help by encouraging your family and friends to get vaccinated, too. Find vaccines.
  • Practice Healthy Habits: Wear a mask, wash your hands regularly, and stay home if you are not feeling well. We will happily refund or exchange your ticket(s) for another date if you don’t feel well.
  • Buy Tickets Online: Buying online helps us reduce in-person transactions and allows us to anticipate crowd size and seating availability.
  • Be Kind: We ask all patrons to practice patience and empathy with each other and our staff as we all do our best to provide an enjoyable and safe festival experience. Thank you!

past films

SATURday, November 20

“They Ain’t Ready for Me”
Documentary produced in the United States, in English, run time 1 hr 28 min.

This is the story of Tamar Manasseh, the black rabbinical student who leads the fight against gun violence on the south side of Chicago. Tamar's identity and personality combine to make her a force to be reckoned with.

MONday, November 22

“Syndrome K”
Documentary, run time 1 hr 16 min.

The story of three Roman Catholic doctors who saved Jews by convincing the Nazis that these Jews were infected with a highly deadly and contagious disease that the doctors called Syndrome K.

MONday, November 29

Drama produced in Israel, in Hebrew with English subtitles, run time 1 hr 25 min.

A story of the relationship of a mother (Asia) and her daughter (Vika). Despite living together they barely interact. Their routine is shaken when Vika's health deteriorates and Asia must step in and become the mother Vika so desperately needs.

The JFO would like to thank all who took part in the selection process!
This year’s film selection committee members are (alphabetical order):
Jennie Gates Beckman, Alex Beil, Jared Berezin, Marlene Cohen, Helen and Tuffy Epstein, Jon Gates, David Golbitz, Margie Gutnik, Gary Katz, Frankie MacGregor, Heidi Needleman, Patty Nogg, Ophir Palmon, Rachel Ring, Larry Ring, Anne Ring, Ariella Rohr, Lynne Saltzman, Scott Shinbara, Eitan Tsabari.

Generously sponsored by the following Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation Funds:
the Frederick J. Simon Memorial Endowment Fund, the Avy L. & Roberta L. Miller Film Fund, the Samuel & Bess Rothenberg Endowment Fund, the Kenneth Ray Tretiak Memorial Fund, and the Ruth Frisch & Oscar S. Belzer Endowment Fund.