• FJC’s Summer Jewish Film Festival Closes on August 15 with Fanny’s Journey

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    Tuesday in July and August, starting July 11

    2:00 P.M. and 7:30 P.M.

    Doors open 30 minutes prior to start time

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

    Open to the community / discounted for members of the congregation

    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 right here to Speen Hall, culling award-winners in both drama and documentary categories.

    I am pleased to present the 2017 season. We have two outstanding documentaries, with the director of Disturbing the Peace presenting a Q & A following that film. Big Sonia – both the film and its subject – will move and inspire you. Our four feature films range from two comedies to two varied stories set during and after the Shoah. As always, we have an Israeli feature, the big hit The Women’s Balcony, our season opener. 1945 will remind you of the Polish film Ida in the beauty of its cinematography, the stellar acting, and the haunting story that probes how nations and communities responded to the Holocaust. Our closing film, Fanny’s Journey, reveals yet another haunting but hopeful Holocaust story that you likely don’t know, involving young children who escape to freedom.

    Members receive background information about the films by email. All films are followed by a guided discussion.

    Our film series consistently brings the community through our doors and engages prospective members. We are delighted to welcome everyone to our films.

    Scroll down to view the REEL Pass order form.



     TUESDAYS at 2:00 & 7:30 P.M.                                                                                           

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

    July 11      THE WOMEN’S BALCONY (Comedy/Drama – Israel – 2016, / 96 min]

    Winner – Audience Award: Cherry Hill Jewish Film Festival & New Jersey Jewish Film Festival. Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2016. Nominated for 5 Israeli Academy Awards. New York Times & Los Angeles Times Critics Pick. Israel’s #1 Film of the Year.

    The collapse of a synagogue’s women’s balcony during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem as the synagogue enters a crisis…and a charismatic, young savior appears. A rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.  Hebrew (with English subtitles)

    July 18      DISTURBING THE PEACE (Documentary – USA – 2016 / 87 min)

    Q & A with Director Stephen Apkon (Please note: this is a SINGLE screening at 7:30 P.M.)  Disturbing the Peace follows a group of former enemy combatants – Israeli soldiers from the most elite units, and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison – who have come together to challenge the status quo and say “enough.” The film traces their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to non-violent peace activists and their founding of Combatants for Peace (CfP). While the film is based in the Middle East, it creates an experience that addresses universal themes relevant to us all – a story of the human potential unleashed when we stop participating in a story that no longer serves us and, with the power of our convictions, take action to create new possibilities.

    July 25      1945 (Drama – Hungary – 2017 / 91 min)

    Audience Award: Miami Jewish Film Festival & Chattanooga Jewish Film Series. Official Selection & Audience Award, Berlin International Film Festival In this astonishingly haunting film, deep undercurrents run beneath the simple surface in a quaint village that’s ultimately forced to face up to its “ill-gotten gains” from the Second World War. Two mysterious strangers dressed in black appear at the railway station of a Hungarian village. In the shadow of Russian occupation, the people of the village are preparing for the wedding of the son of the clerk, but the bride’s former fiancé returns from captivity. Within a few hours, everything changes. Secrets, sins, reckoning, love, betrayal, confrontation. Hungarian (with English subtitles) Based on the acclaimed short story “Homecoming” by Gábor T. Szántó


    August 1   MOOS (Romantic Comedy – Netherlands – 2016 / 91 min)

    A delightful comedy about Jewish families and following your dreams – set in a Dutch Jewish community, but universal in its themes. Moos puts her life on hold to take care of others, but when a childhood friends returns from Israel for Hanukkah, he provides the jolt she needs to examine her life and choices she has made. The charismatic Moos, played by the endearing actress Jip Smit, enchants viewers as she finds herself – and her voice. Dutch (with English subtitles)


    August 8   BIG SONIA (Documentary – USA – 2016 / 93 min)

    Standing tall at 4’8”, Sonia is one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors in Kansas City and one of the only survivors there who speaks publicly about her wartime experience. Her enormous personality and fragile frame mask the horrors she endured. Sonia is the ultimate survivor, but her trauma resurfaces as she struggles with the concept of forced retirement when served an eviction notice. Following Sonia’s daily routines and extraordinary encounters with customers, her children, and her public presentations and work in prisons. This film explores what it means to be a survivor: Will you let your trauma define you? Or will your past make you stronger?


    August 15  FANNY’S JOURNEY (Drama – France/Belgium – 2016 / 94 min)

    Multiple Audience Award Winner at Jewish Film Festivals: Atlanta, Augusta, Denver, Philadelphia, San Diego, and many others

    Based on a true story, this is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival, a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. When they are suddenly left on their own, these 11 children do the impossible and reach the Swiss border to freedom.

    French (with English subtitles)

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    2017 FJC Summer Jewish Film Festival

    REEL PASS Order Form

    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 are NOT transferable. REEL Passes will also be sold at screenings, but it is much easier for you and for us if you order in advance.Individual tickets are sold at the door only, not in advance.

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

    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)

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  • FJC Social Action Committee hosts a Vegetarian Potluck Dinner with Speaker Laura Reckford from the Housing Assistance Corporation

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    Come to a community VEGETARIAN potluck dinner and hear Laura Reckford, Director of Community Relations at HAC (Housing Assistance Corporation) speak about the crisis in affordable housing on Cape Cod and how HAC is making an impact. She will also discuss the 8th Annual Big Fix, which comes to Falmouth for the first time on Saturday, September 16. It’s a day of doing small home improvements for local veterans, seniors, and disabled homeowners. Come learn about qualifications to apply for repair work or to volunteer to perform repairs.

  • Yom HaShoah Service and Film “Joe’s Violin” (Sunday, April 23 at 7pm)

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    Yom HaShoah Service & Film: Joe’s Violin

    Sunday, April 23 at 7:00 P.M.

    Free and Open to the Public

    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 prayerbook, we remember with words, song, and poetry 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.

    Following the service, there will be a screening of the Academy Award-nominated short feature film, Joe’s Violin. This 24-minute film by Kahane Cooperman, an audience award winner at numerous film festivals, is the story of how a violin forged a tie between a Holocaust survivor and a girl from the Bronx.  During a musical instrument drive for New York public schools, 91-year old Joseph Feingold offers his beloved violin, which he has played for over 70 years since he  acquired it while living in a DP camp. Joe’s donation changes the life of Brianna Perez, a 12 year-old girl who attends the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls. When Brianna is inspired to become friends with her benefactor, both their lives are changes. Joe’s Violin poignantly illuminates how the power of music brings light in the darkest times.

  • Cape Cod PATH Presentation on Human Trafficking on Cape Cod on April 6

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    5:30 P.M. Vegetarian Potluck / 6:30 P.M. Presentation

    Human trafficking exists across the globe, in the U.S., and right here on Cape Cod. In 2014, Cape Cod PATH (People Against Trafficking Humans) was founded as a non-profit task force with the mission of eliminating human trafficking on Cape Cod through education and advocacy.

    All are invited to attend a potluck vegetarian dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by an informative presentation (6:30 p.m.) to raise awareness of human trafficking, provide information on what it is, how to recognize it, and what can be done to prevent it. Cape Cod PATH, will be presenting.

    This event is free and open to the public.  Please bring one item for survivors of human trafficking:  soap or new nail polish.

    On Mitzvah Day this May, FJC members will assemble resource bags for human trafficking victims to help them as they restart their lives. Items will be collected in FJC’s coatroom (in a marked box) through the month of April. Please bring: 12 ox bottles of shampoo and conditioner, small bottles of nail polish remover, women’s underwear, sweat pants or similar, and packages of baby wipes.

  • FJC Hosts Benefit Concert for the Southern Poverty Law Center on Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 P.M.

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    Benefit Concert for the Southern Poverty Law Center

    Featuring Brother’s Rye and Three-Legged Dog

    Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 P.M.

    Speen Hall, Coffeehouse-style with refreshments (please let us know if you can contribute)

    Open to the public, welcoming to all, proudly held at FJC

    Suggested donation: $10 / donations accepted for refreshments

    The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a leading American legal advocacy non-profit organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation. It is especially noted for its legal victories against and tracking of white supremacist groups, hate groups, and other extremist organizations SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. Civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. founded the SPLC in 1971 to ensure that the promise of the civil rights movement became a reality for all. Since then, the SPLC has won numerous landmark legal victories on behalf of the exploited, the powerless and the forgotten. Its lawsuits have toppled institutional racism and stamped out remnants of Jim Crow segregation; destroyed some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist groups; and protected the civil rights of children, women, the disabled, immigrants and migrant workers, the LGBT community, prisoners, and many others who faced discrimination, abuse or exploitation. Learn more and how to get involved at

    Three-Legged Dog is familiar to many of you as the two-guitar, three-voice trio that performs in a number of genres including folk, rock and American-roots. Consisting of Wendy Nelson, Pamela Rothstein, and Elias Lieberman, with the frequent addition of “fourth leg” Tony Scalisi on percussion, Three-Legged Dog performs exclusively for charitable causes.

    Appearing for the first time at FJC is Brother’s Rye, a Woods Hole based Americana band that channels the spirit of old time jug band music icon, Jim Kweskin, takes a page from hard driving outlaw country legend Hank Williams, and adds just a dash, of the King… of Bluegrass, and Jimmy Martin. The Brother’s Rye have dedicated their musical lives to making sure no one single person leaves the show without smiling, even if it’s just for a little bit. Deftly alternating between originals penned by singer-songwriter Benjamin Lee Paterson and a wide selection of covers, Brother’s Rye offers up a fine blend of “outlaw jug band music” for discerning audiences. Check them out at CD Baby and iTunes, and at  their website at

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