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Israeli Films, Now Streaming

09/18/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Looking for a little Israeli culture but don’t want to leave your house? Well, how about streaming an award-winning Israeli movie with your choice of snack: popcorn or bamba (Israel’s snack of choice, peanut-butter puffed goodness). Make it the ultimate movie night with one of the Israeli classics like “Sallah Shabati” or even a film in movie theaters right now.

A scene from “Aviva, My Love,” an Israeli film available on new JCC in Manhattan streaming website.

“Shulamit,” Opera Based On The Song of Songs, Returns

Operas set in ancient times are rare, but Russian-Israeli musician Dina Pruzhansky has created “Shulamit,” whose story is based on the Song of Songs.

Russian-Israeli musician Dina Pruzhansky has created “Shulamit,” whose story is based on the Song of Songs. Image/Youtube

JCC Manhattan To Decamp To Larger Camp Site

Pomona location can handle double the campers as summer competition ramps up.

01/20/2016 - 09:10
Deputy Managing Editor

First the building, now the camp.

In 2002, the JCC Manhattan cut the ribbon on its custom-built, 14-story building, increasing the Upper West Side institution’s square footage six-fold.

An artist’s rendering of the new, expanded site of JCC Manhattan’s Camp Settoga in Pomona, N.Y. Courtesy of JCC Manhattan

Matters Of Identity, Mideast Style

The opening and closing night offerings in the Israel Film Center Festival deal with a similar theme in very different ways.

05/25/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In the turbulence of the contemporary Middle East, a little thing like personal identity is fragile, evanescent and in jeopardy. That would seem to be the message of the opening and closing night films on display at this year’s weeklong Israel Film Center Festival, which begins June 4.

Director Eran Riklis, whose new film is “A Borrowed Identity.”    Courtesy of Israel Film Center

Israeli Films Continue To Challenge National Policies

Critical portrayals of Jerusalem are increasingly popular, at home and abroad.

05/05/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Every spring, as Israel Independence Day nears, I receive many requests from institutions seeking to screen a film that celebrates Israel. They’re not looking for one with a complicated or progressive view of Israel; they’re looking for a new, good old-fashioned, unquestionably Zionist film. As director of the Israel Film Center at The JCC in Manhattan, I try to see all the quality Israeli films, and every year I have a hard time finding such films to celebrate Israel Independence Day.

Ari Folman’s “Waltz With Bashir,” a critical look at Israel’s 1982 War in Lebanon. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classic

Upper West Side Celebrates Israel

Three days of programming this week with wide communal cooperation.

04/28/2014 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

While controversy over participation in the June 1 Celebrate Israel parade continues to heat up, another major program to mark Israel’s 66th birthday in Manhattan happily appears to be a paradigm of unity.

Arts and crafts with Israeli flavor are part of Israel celebration at Upper West Side locations. Courtesy of JCC in Manhattan

Party Or Cooking Class?

Both! A foodie groupie gets tips -- and dinner -- at the JCC.
05/19/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Dear reader. You will be forgiven for assuming that, as the creator of the Jewish Week’s Food & Wine section, I am a foodie. What I really am is a foodie groupie: I don’t have the time/money/discipline/passion to become a really great home cook, say, or an intrepid explorer of extreme ethnic foods in the darkness of the outer boroughs.

Eeeeeeeeee!!! So excited!!! Fotolia

Jerusalem's Other Side

An Israeli in Manhattan finds that her friends don't want to hear what she has to say about Jews and Arabs.
04/29/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Israeli food! Israeli music! Israeli arts and crafts! Blue-and-white flags!

Orli Santo

Kids With Special Needs To Get New York City School Of Their Own

Bucking inclusion trend, early childhood educator says many families want a school tailored for children with disabilities.
01/14/2013 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Ilana Ruskay-Kidd was tired of kvetching.

The JCC in Manhattan’s nursery school has an inclusion model. Judith Gold

A Lens On Alt-Jews

‘Punk Jews’ profiles some out-of-the-box folks asserting their Jewish unique identities.
12/03/2012 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

“Punk Jews,” the new documentary having its world premiere at the JCC in Manhattan on Dec. 11, has the peculiar feel of a version of “60 Minutes” concocted by the demented offspring of some MTV producer and a wonder-working chasidic mystic. Only an hour long, the film is the work of a team of Emmy Award-winners, led by director Jesse Zook Mann, and it definitely looks like a pilot for an expansive TV news magazine-type show, although it is hard to imagine what audience demographic it would attract.

“Punk Jews” producer Evan Kleinman filming Y-Love, the African-American-Jewish hip hop artist.
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