• 2014 FJC Summer Jewish Film Series

    Posted ‍‍י תמוז ה תשעג - June 18, 2013 By in Latest News, Lifelong Learning With | Comments Off

    summer sunFalmouth Jewish Congregation’s 2014 Summer Series brings together members and the community for six award-winning  films that educate, inspire, and entertain. All take place on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 P.M. in Speen Hall (in the Blanche & Joel D. Seifer Community Center) and are open to the public. Doors open at 7:00 P.M. and refreshments are included in the ticket price of $7 for members and $10 for non-members. A discounted Season “Reel Pass” is $36 for congregation members and $50 for non-members. Passes may be purchased in person at the congregation’s office, at the door, or by sending a check in advance. Pass holders will have “easy pass” access, bypassing the ticket lines at each screening.

    Below you will find a full list of the Tuesday evening films, all acclaimed by critics and audiences at Jewish film festivals around the world. Additional information can be found on the website’s calendar.

    The Falmouth Jewish Congregation Blanche & Joel D. Seifer Community Center is located at 7 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth. Facilities are handicap accessible and all are welcome at this Reform Jewish congregation serving the Upper Cape and beyond. This year’s Summer Series is supported, in part, by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Cape Cod. For further information please call 508-540-0602


    July 1      BETHLEHEM

    Israel’s Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.  Nominee for 12 Israeli Ophir Awards. “Terrific…kind of like a West Bank Wire.” – A.O. Scott, New York Times.

    “A tightly wound, clock-ticking thriller.” - Leslie Felperin, Variety. The story of the complex relationship between Razi, an Israeli Secret Service officer, and his teenage Palestinian informant Sanfur.



    Winner, Audience Award – Boston Jewish Film Festival. “The Jewish Cardinal is both emotionally rich and intellectually satisfying…handled with rare balance, sense and suitable passion,” Allen Ellenzweig, The Jewish Daily Forward. The gripping, amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger (1926-2007), son of Polish-Jewish immigrants to France, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age and later joining the priesthood.


    July 15      POLICEMAN

    NY Times Critics’ Pick. “Mr. Lapid…traces the line between the group and the individual in a story that can be read as a commentary on the world as much as on Israel.” – Manohla Dargis, New York Time.  “Israel’s fractured psyche is plumbed via narrative splintering in Policeman, Nadav Lapid’s compelling drama about his homeland’s burgeoning social unrest.”- Nick Schager, SLANT Magazine.  An elite special operations agent is forced to confront class warfare in his country, and his very beliefs, when he and his team face anti-capitalist anarchists who storm an affluent wedding and take high-profile hostages.


    July 22   AFTERMATH

    Audience Award, Seattle Jewish Film Festival. Yad Vashem Chairman’s AwardJerusalem Film Festival 2013. Los Angeles Times Critics’ Pick. One of the Best Films of the Year. “Gripping, excellent. A bombshell disguised as a thriller.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. “Riveting. A must-see film. In a sophisticated way, it does a better job of communicating the power and destructiveness of anti-Semitism than almost any other film.” – Abe Foxman, National Director, Anti-Defamation League, The Huffington Post.  Gripping drama of a Polish village unhinged when secrets about WWII are unearthed.


    July 29    DANCING IN JAFFA

    Audience Award, Washington Jewish Film Festival. “Mad, Hot Ballroom with a Middle Eastern Twist” – The Jerusalem Post. World ballroom dancing champion Pierre Dulaine fulfills a life-long dream when he takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa, and teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance together.


    August 5   IDA

    New York Times Critics’ Pick: “One of the finest European films in recent memory,” A.O. Scott, The New York Times. “Bracing, beautifully wrought, and provocative.” – J. Hoeberman, Tablet. “A film of exceptional artistry.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. A moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, makes a shocking discovery about her past.


  • “FJC Cooks”: FJC Cookbook Available Now!

    Posted ‍‍א סיון ה תשעג - May 10, 2013 By in Latest News, Lifelong Learning With | Comments Off photo

    The FJC has exciting news – the publication of its first-ever cookbook, entitled FJC Cooks.


    This project arose as part of the congregation’s year-long exploration of food and Judaism. The idea of a cookbook had been present for over a decade, and our exploration of food provided the perfect opportunity to bring it to fruition. A hard-working and large committee of talented members has ushered the cookbook through from initial planning to publication this June 9. In conjunction with soliciting recipes and designing the cookbook, the committee held special events during the year, including numerous “Test Kitchens” and meals featuring recipes from the cookbook. Talented artists and more than 100 members and affiliates contributed photographs, drawings, almost 300 recipes and stories to this beautiful book. FJC Cooks is truly a culinary snapshot of the FJC community. In its creation, we gathered recipes and built community, celebrating our rich diversity. We hope you will enjoy it and the foods you prepare from it!

    [News! We've sold our our first printing of 400 copies! More copies are now in stock.]


    3% of sales will be contributed to MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

    To order, contact the temple office:

  • “Securing Our Legacy For Future Generations”

    Posted ‍‍כט אייר ה תשעג - May 9, 2013 By in Latest News With | Comments Off Capital Campaign Poster2nd Set 003

    The Falmouth Jewish Congregation (FJC), the Upper Cape’s only synagogue, has launched an endowment campaign, “Securing Our Legacy For Future Generations,” to ensure a robust future. A vibrant, welcoming center for Jewish life on the Cape, FJC is seeking funds that will enable it to continue to be an innovative force, both within the Jewish community and beyond.

    The campaign goal is $3 million. As of January, 2014, we have received donations and pledges totaling $1.95 million. We welcome your interest in this campaign. To receive an information packet, please contact the temple office. ( To contribute to this campaign online, please visit our Donations page. Thank you for your interest!

  • FJC Mitzah Day, Sunday, May 5

    Posted ‍‍יט אייר ה תשעג - April 29, 2013 By in Latest News, Social Action With | Comments Off CCT #1

    Mitzvah Day 2012 063Jewish tradition instructs, “You are not obligated to complete the task, but neither are you free to desist from it.” (Pirkei Avot, 2:21) Some 80 FJC members gathered on May 5 for our annual Mitzvah Day, a chance to engage as a community in tikkun olam / repair of the world. The power of working together was palpable. Aside from the effective and meaningful work accomplished for a wide variety of organizations, this day of mitzvot brought new friendships among members of all ages. Click here for the Cape Cod Times‘ coverage, a lovely article and photo gallery from Monday, May 6.

    Projects took place both on- and off-site and were chosen to enable everyone to participate, from the most active to members who wanted a seated activity. Off-site we sent teams to:

    - Habitat for Humanity’s recently-built home in Mashpee to work on landscaping

    - Falmouth’s Shining Sea Bike Path, working with the Friends of Falmouth Bikeways to clean and tend the area of the path between Depot Ave and Locust Street

    - Falmouth Dog Park to spruce up the park for its second birthday celebration

    - Village at Cataumet to plant flowerboxes

    - Falmouth Service Center’s Community Garden to prepare and plant the FJC’s vegetable garden (all produce is donated to the Service Center)

    On-site our crews engaged in:

    - baking for Around the Table, Falmouth’s lunch program, and Hineinu, FJC’s caring committee

    - clipping and sorting coupons for the Falmouth Service Center

    - assembling birthing kits for distribution around the world

    - weeding and mulching the flower gardens at the FJC

    - creating r’fuah cards (healing/get well cards) that will be sent to members of the FJC

    Many thanks to all workers and project captains, as well as FJC’s Social Action Committee, for taking part in Mitzvah Day.



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