• FJC Summer Jewish Film Festival, July 10-August 14

    Posted ‍‍כח סיון ה תשעח - June 11, 2018 By in Latest News, Special Event With | Comments Off sun

    Get ready for another summer of engaging film viewing and discussion. FJC’s Jewish Film Festival brings the best of the Jewish and International film festival circuit to Falmouth, culling award-winners in both drama and documentary categories. All films are followed by an optional guided discussion by Festival curator, Pamela Rothstein, FJC’s Director of Lifelong Learning. Purchase a REEL Pass for savings and easy entry. Individual tickets are sold at the door only. Screenings take place in FJC’s Blanche & Joel D. Seifer Community Center at 7 Hatchville Road. Ample parking is available and facilities are handicap accessible.

    Many thanks to the Jewish Federation of Cape Cod for its sponsorship.


    Tuesdays at 2pm & 7:30pm

    Eye-opening, entertaining films, guided discussion, & free refreshments

    Doors open 30 minutes prior to start time

    July 10      ITZHAK (Documentary – USA, 2017 / 1 hr 22 min)

    Winner – Audience Award: Cherry Hill Jewish Film Festival & New Jersey Jewish Film Festival. “…a joyous film about a joyous man.” –

    Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary explores Perlman as a life force, looking beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. Itzhak himself is funny, irreverent and self-deprecating, and here his life story unspools in conversations with masterful musicians, family and friends, and most endearingly his devoted wife of 50 years, Toby. In English and Hebrew.


    July 17      IN BETWEEN (Drama – Israel, 2016 / 1 hr 43 min)

    Winner: Ophir Award for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress “Maysaloun Hamoud’s film about three Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv, is fatalistic about the local political situation, pessimistic about men and encouraged by the power of female solidarity. In other words, whether by serendipity or prophetic insight or some combination of the two, it’s a perfect movie for the moment.” – A.O. Scott (New York Times) Director Hamoud received the Women in Motion Young Talents award at this year’s Cannes festival. Isabelle Huppert, who selected her for the award, declared that “the free spirited and joyful women [Hamoud] portrays… are true heroines of our time.”

    July 24      SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME

    (Documentary – USA, 2018 / 1 hr 40 min)

    Multiple Award Winner:Audience Award, Nashville Film Festival, Seattle Jewish Film Festival, Denver Jewish Film Festival, Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival. Sammy Davis, Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, so vast and multi-faceted that it was dizzying in its scope and scale. And yet, his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. This is the first major film documentary to examine Davis’ enormous talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Director Sam Pollard captures Davis’s amazing talent and complexity.

    July 31      AN ACT OF DEFIANCE (Drama– Netherlands – 2017 / 2 hrs 3 min)

    Best Feature, UK Jewish Film Festival & Dayton Jewish Film Festival. Golden Calf, Best Feature Film, Netherlands Film Festival. In this riveting historical drama, 10 political activists (including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters) face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage after their arrest in the summer of 1963. Bram Fischer, a sympathetic lawyer, risks his career and freedom to defend them, attempting to hide the fact that he, too, frequently convened on the farm where they were arrested. Director Jean van de Velde captures a dark period in South Africa’s history in this political thriller. English and Afrikaans (with English subtitles)

     August 7   FOXTROT (Drama – Israel, 2018 / 1 hr 53 min)

    Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Venice Film Festival. Israeli Film 2018 Academy Ophir Awards: Best Film, Best Actor, Israel’s most noteworthy and controversial film of the year will grab your attention from its first to its last moments. An affluent Tel Aviv couple are devastated when army officials show up at their home to announce the death of their son Jonathan. While his sedated wife rests, Michael spirals into a whirlwind of anger only to experience one of life’s unfathomable twists, which rival the surreal military experiences of his son. This unforgettable, wrenching film is directed by Samuel Maoz (Lebanon, 2009) and stars Lior Ashkenazi and Sarah Adler.


    August 14  RBG (Documentary – USA, 2018 / 1 hr 37 min)      

    “You may love or hate her, badmouth her or bow down to her. But you have to recognize the impact that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made to the fabric of our country. It is practically incalculable and completely invaluable.” – David Fear, Rolling Stone. An intimate portrait of an unlikely rock star: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “the notorious RBG,” the diminutive justice whose fragile appearance belies her outsized contributions and perseverance. With unprecedented access, filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen explore how her early legal battles changed the world for women, tracing her journey from law school through today, highlighting her legal career and her personal story, especially her most ardent champion, her husband Marty.

    Many thanks to the Jewish Federation of Cape Cod for its sponsorship.  / 7 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth / Tel. 508-540-0602


    REEL PASS Order Form: 2018 FJC Summer Jewish Film Festival

    Due by July 6. Pre-pay to save time and money. REEL Passes will be held at the door. Pass holders do not wait in the ticket line.

    Reel Pass for Six Films: $55 members / $85 non-members. Passes will also be available at the door.

    Passes are NOT transferable.

    Individual tickets are sold at the door only, not in advance ($10 members / $15 non-members).

    Return by mail or bring with a check payable to Falmouth Jewish Congregation, 7 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth, MA 02536.

    Name(s): _____________________________________________

    # Passes __ FJC Congregational Member(s) / __ Non-member(s)  Tel. 508-540-0602

  • Yom HaShoah Service and Film: “Numbered” on April 11

    Posted ‍‍כג כסלו ה תשעח - December 11, 2017 By in Latest News, Special Event With | Comments Off Yom HaShoah

    Yom HaShoah Service & Film, Featuring the Award-Winning Documentary “Numbered” (Israel, 2012; 55 mins.)

    Wednesday, April 11 at 7:00 P.M.

    Free and Open to the Public – Please invite neighbors and friends

    Everyone is invited to mark Yom HaShoah, Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, at Falmouth Jewish Congregation. Each year we open our memorial service and program to the public so that, together, we may remember those who died in the Shoah. Using the dedicated service included in our Siddur (prayerbook) Mishkan T’filah and taking out our Shoah Torah scroll, we remember with words, song, and poetry the life and death of those who died, those who suffered, and those who showed heroism through resistance and rescue. Like many Jewish communities around the world, we will light six candles representing the six million Jews murdered.

    About Numbered, directed by Uriel Sinai and Dana Doron:

    Awards: Best Documentary at the Religion Today Film Festival, Italy 2013; Special Jury Mention at the Religion Today Film Festival, Italy 2013; Best Debut Film Award at the Israeli Documentary Forum Awards 2012; Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival 2012 (Jury’s Decision)


    “A straightforward but inescapably emotional item” – Variety, Chicago Tribune

    “A triumphant affirmation of human desire in the face of incalculable cruelty”

    The Jewish Week

    “While the audience emerged with damp eyes, the overall message is somehow upbeat”. – The New York Times

    “A beautiful and moving film” – The Jewish Forward

    Auschwitz prisoners, both Jewish and non-Jewish, were tattooed with serial numbers on their chest and then on their left arm. An estimated 400,000 numbers were tattooed in Auschwitz and its sub-camps. Only several thousand survivors are alive today. Numbered is an explosive, highly visual, and emotionally cinematic journey, guided by testimonies and portraits of survivors. The film documents the dark time and setting during which these tattoos were assigned, as well as the   meaning they took on in the years following the war and in succeeding generations. The film’s protagonist is the number itself, as it evolves and becomes both a personal and a communal   from 1940 to today. These scars reveal themselves to be diverse, enlightening, and full of life.


  • Jeremy Dauber: Jewish Book Council Author Talk on November 16 at 1pm (“Jewish Comedy: A Serious History”)

    Posted ‍‍י חשון ה תשעח - October 30, 2017 By in Adult Learning, Latest News, Special Event With | Comments Off JBC.logo.web.pms2

    Jewish Book Council Author Talk by Jeremy Dauber: Jewish Comedy: A Serious History (Norton, October 31, 2017)

    Thursday, November 16 at 1:00 P.M.

    Free and Open to the Public / Books sold by Eight Cousins Bookstore

    “An erudite survey of the evolution and distinctiveness of Jewish humor. [Dauber] offers . . . a wide-ranging and insightful cultural analysis.” — Kirkus Reviews

    “In this brilliant and groundbreaking book, Jeremy Dauber shows that Jerry Seinfeld and Sarah Silverman are just the latest members of an ancient tradition of Jewish humor that stretches all the way back to the Bible. Writing with dazzling scholarly insight and in a style as appealing as his subject, Dauber reveals what made Jews laugh over the centuries. In doing so, he tells a crucial part of the story of Judaism.” — Adam Kirsch, author of The People and the Books

    FJC is delighted to welcome Jeremy Dauber just weeks after the publication of his already acclaimed study, a rich account of Jewish humor: its nature, its development, and its vital role throughout Jewish history.
    In a major work of scholarship both erudite and very funny, Columbia professor Jeremy Dauber traces the origins of Jewish comedy and its development from biblical times to the age of Twitter. Organizing the product of Jews’ comic imagination over continents and centuries into what he calls the seven strands of Jewish comedy―including the satirical, the witty, and the vulgar―he traces the ways Jewish comedy has mirrored, and sometimes even shaped, the course of Jewish history. Persecution, cultural assimilation, religious revival, diaspora, Zionism―all of these, and more, were grist for the Jewish
    comic mill; and Dauber’s book takes readers on the tour of the funny side of some very serious business. (And vice versa.)
    In a work of dazzling scope, readers will encounter comic masterpieces here that range from Talmudic rabbi jokes to medieval skits, Yiddish satires and Borscht Belt routines to scenes from Seinfeld and Broad City, and the book of Esther to Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah Song.” Dauber also explores the rise and fall of popular comic archetypes such as the Jewish mother, the Jewish American Princess, and the schlemiel, the schlimazel, and the schmuck, and the classic works of such masters of Jewish comedy as Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Babel, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers, Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, Philip Roth, Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, and Larry David, among many others.

  • BELLA: A One-Woman Show with Vicki Summer on Saturday Night, November 18

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    Enjoy an evening of inspiring entertainment at FJC on Saturday night, November 18 by coming to see BELLA: An immigrant’s journey of resilience and courage, performed by Vicki Summers. A reception follows in Speen Hall.

    Proceeds will be split between FJC and All Hands Volunteers, a US-based (in Mattapoisett!) non profit dedicated to empowering disaster relief volunteers around the world.

    Tickets: $20 Congregation Members / $25 All others

    Reserve your ticket in advance by sending payment to the FJC office with memo “Bella.” Your name will be held on a reservation list at the door.


    Watch a trailer for the show at:

    PRESS RELEASE: For immediate publication and calendar listings

    Falmouth Jewish Congregation Hosts the One-Woman Play “Bella,” an immigrant’s story of resilience and courage, featuring Vicki Summers

    Saturday, November 18 at 7:30 P.M. / Doors open at 7:00 P.M.


    Enjoy an evening of inspiring entertainment about the universal and timeless story of immigration in the one-woman play Bella at Falmouth Jewish Congregation on Saturday night, November 18 at 7:30 P.M. Bella: an immigrant’s journey of resilience and courage, will be performed by Vicki Summers, a longstanding member of the Cape Repertory Theater in Brewster and drama instructor at Riverview School. All are invited to a reception following the performance. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be divided between Falmouth Jewish Congregation and All Hands Volunteers, a Mattapoisett-based non-profit dedicated to empowering disaster relief volunteers around the world. Tickets, payable by cash or check, are $20 for members of the congregation and $25 for all others. Seating is limited, so arrive early or reserve your ticket in advance by sending payment to the FJC office with memo “Bella.” Your name will be held on a reservation list at the door.

    Bella, written and performed (in many roles) by Vicki Summers, tells the life story of Bella Indianer, Vicki’s grandmother. Bella survived the pogroms in her native Russia and later emigrated to America in 1920, where she married and raised a family. Her story is one of resilience, courage, humor and love, universal themes that all can relate to. Vicki’s goal in writing and performing Bella was to bring to life a the journey of a Jewish American immigrant, with all its challenges and rewards. But more importantly, Vicki’s mission is to encourage each of us to learn and record our own family stories so that they won’t get lost in time. The play includes a slideshow and Q & A with the performer, and is appropriate for both adults and tweens/teens, roughly age 13 and older – a play with truly multi-generational appeal.

    Vicki Summers is a talented professional actress who has performed for years at the Cape Repertory Theater in Brewster. Among her favorite roles are Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Molly in Molly Sweeny, Margie in Good People, and Amanda in The Glass Menagerie.



  • Jewish Ways to help After Hurricane Harvey

    Posted ‍‍ח אלול ה תשעז - August 30, 2017 By in Latest News, Special Event With | Comments Off 170828064026-62-hurricane-harvey-0826-super-169

    The following link provides helpful suggestions as to how we might respond, as members of Jewish communities, to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey:

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