Week of Events
Louisville Jewish Film Festival: The Therapy Virtual Film
Set in Jerusalem, this gripping documentary exposes the harmful practices of so-called conversion therapy from within. Director Zvi Landsman compassionately follows the lives of two gay men—Lev (54) and Ben (23)—who underwent conversion therapy and end up testifying before the Knesset about whether or not conversion therapy practices should be made illegal. Lev, a divorced ultra-Orthodox Jew, clings to conversion therapy because it provides the only space where he can be openly gay within a community. In contrast, Ben, seven years into conversion therapy, comes to understand that conversion therapy is extremely harmful, and despite discrimination and alienation from his family, he sets out on a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. Featuring footage from one-on-one and group sessions, this documentary is an unprecedented exposé of this abusive, tragic and terrifying practice in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in contemporary Israel. Winner of Special Jury Award at Doc Aviv Film Festival.
Louisville Jewish Film Festival: Cinema Sabaya Virtual Film
Nine women, Arab and Jewish, take part in a video workshop hosted by Rona, a young film director, who teaches them how to document their lives. With each raw homemade footage shot by the women and shared with the others, the group dynamic forces them to challenge their views and beliefs as they get to know each other and themselves better. Winner of Best Film at Ophir Awards; Winner of Best First Feature at Jerusalem Film Festival.
We are proud to feature this film, as the relationships in the film mirror the relationships developed in the Partnership2Gether Western Galilee’s Women Leading a Dialogue program. Women Leading A Dialogue is a year-long program that assists Jewish and Arab women living in Israel’s Western Galilee to get to know each other as individuals and as neighbors living in a shared society. To learn more about Partnership2Gether, Women Leading a Dialogue, and how the Annual Federation Campaign supports this program, please contact Amy Fouts at P2G@jewishlouisville.org.
Louisville Jewish Film Festival: Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen Virtual Film
In this riveting and joyous film, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Daniel Raim captures the humor and drama of director Norman Jewison’s brilliant vision to recreate the lost world of Jewish life in Eastern Europe while telling a universal story about the importance of family and the fragility of tradition in his iconic musical Fiddler on the Roof. Narrated by Jeff Goldblum, this film draws on behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-seen stills as well as original interviews with Norman Jewison and his key collaborators, including lyricist Sheldon Harnick, lead actor Topol, production designer Robert Boyle, and many others. They illuminate the untold story behind the making of Fiddler on the Roof, Jewison’s favorite movie.
Winner of best documentary at Atlanta Jewish Film Festival; Winner of Best Film at Houston Jewish Film Festival; Best Documentary at RiverRun International Film Festival.
Sponsored by Susan and Jeffrey Callen
Louisville Jewish Film Festival: Holy Holocaust Virtual Short Film Free
In this sophisticated animated feature, a dark family secret is revealed unexpectedly and opens an abyss between two close friends. Jennifer, a German black woman, discovers that she is the granddaughter of a notorious Nazi commander, a shocking discovery which has the potential to destroy her 22-year friendship with Noa, an Israeli Jew.
Winner of Best Short Film at Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival; Winner of Best Short Documentary at Centre Film Festival.
Louisville Jewish Film Festival: Barren Virtual Film
Ultraorthodox Feigi and Naftali are a young childless couple living with Naftali’s parents. Naftali travels to Ukraine to pray at Rabbi Nachman’s grave for a child. During Naftali’s absence Rabbi Eliyahu, the barren healer, is invited to stay for the holiday with the family. Abusing Feigi’s trust and desire for a child he forces himself on her claiming it is divinely sanctioned as part of her treatment for barrenness.. When Naftali returns, the couple face a difficult crisis, which raises fundamental questions about faith and trust.
Best Full-Length Feature Film Nominee at Jerusalem Film Festival.
Louisville Jewish Film Festival: Karaoke Virtual Film
Meir and Tova are an upper-middle-class Sephardic couple, seemingly resigned to live out the rest of their semi-retirement in the banal comforts of an upscale apartment complex in a Tel Aviv suburb. When Itsik, a sexy bachelor from Miami, moves into the building’s penthouse, their lives are gleefully upended. Energized by their newfound friendship with Itsik, Meir and Tova undergo personal transformations, but will their relationship as a couple be a casualty of expressing their individual desires? Taking inspiration from his own family, director Moshe Rosenthal focuses on the Sephardic middle class, largely underrepresented in Israeli cinema, as he explores issues of identity: masculinity, the institution of marriage, social status, narcissism and conformity. Karaoke is an optimistic portrait of midlife self-discovery, laced with poignant wisdom and barbed humor.
Opening Film at San Francisco Film Festival; Winner of Best First Film at Jerusalem Film Festival; Winner of Best Screenplay at Raindance Film Festival.
Louisville Jewish Film Festival: The Last Chapter of A.B. Yehoshua Virtual Film
Hebrew, English, Arabic
Referred to as “the Israeli Faulkner” by the New York Times, A.B. Yehoshua was one of the greatest contemporary Israeli writers. In this incisive biography, director Yair Qedar follows the 84-year old writer as he reflects on the final stage of his life. Widowed and suffering from ill health, Yehoshua keeps writing despite his insistence that he no longer wants to. Still possessing a clear-eyed perspective, Yehoshua discusses his complicated heritage (Sephardic father and Moroccan mother) and his belief that both Jews and Arabs are paralyzed by the past. Despite his declining health, Yehoshua remains wholeheartedly engaged with the world and continues to be a source of inspiration.
Special virtual event on Sunday 2/12 at 1 p.m.
Sponsored by The Naanmani Memorial Fund for Jewish Culture
In the spirit of the popular TV game show "Family Feud," AJ ladies and friends will team up and square off against one another to compete at AJ's first "Jewish Family Feud." Win prizes and enjoy a Tu B'Shevat-themed lunch. …
Join us this evening for another Sunday Night Live at Virtual AJ featuring The Imam and the Rabbi. The topic tonight is "The Elephants in the Room: Israel, Palestine, Zionism, and the Role of Religion in America. Can we talk …
Rabbi Wolk of Keneseth Israel invites you to a monthly downtown lunch and learn program. The class will be the first Thursday of the month. These lunches will be held at The Bristol on Main Street and will start at noon. Free and open to the public.
Evening meditation with Rabbi Corber - Awaken Your Soul! The meditation sessions consist of an opening sit, a brief Torah teaching, followed by a closing sit. This is a ZOOM ONLY event - please go to www.adathjeshurun.com and sign up …
Grade 5 Family Shabbat Friday, February 3 Dinner at 6:00 pm Services at 7:00 pm Join us for a family friendly dinner at 6:00 pm and Erev Shabbat Services at 7:00 pm led by our Grade 5 students. Dinner: $10 …
SATURDAY TORAH STUDY 9:00-10:00 am with Rabbi David Meet in the Fishman Library before the morning service to read and discuss the Torah portion of the week over coffee, bread with jam and cream cheese, and other treats.
Louisville Jewish Film Festival: Opening Night Film and Celebration featuring Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song Live Film – SOLD OUT
A definitive exploration of singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, “Hallelujah.” This feature-length documentary weaves together three strands: the songwriter and his times, the song’s dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit, and moving testimonies from major recording artists for whom “Hallelujah” has become a personal touchstone. Approved for production by Leonard Cohen just before his 80th birthday in 2014, the film accesses a wealth of never-before-seen archival materials from the Cohen Trust including Cohen’s personal notebooks, journals and photographs, performance footage, and extremely rare audio recordings and interviews.
Live Special Event: Our opening night of our 25th Anniversary celebration with pre-film live entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, cake and champagne beginning at 7 p.m. at the Trager Family JCC. A highlight of the evening will feature live entertainment with Brigid Kaelin and Cantor David Lipp performing Leonard Cohen selections.
Sponsored by: Wilma Probst Levy