June screening kicks off 20th anniversary of Jewish film festival

June 21, 2012

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Rabbi Michael Panitz, Rabbi Jeff Arnowitz, Rabbi Israel Zoberman and William Laderberg.

Rabbi Michael Panitz, Rabbi Jeff Arnowitz, Rabbi Israel Zoberman and William Laderberg.

A screening to celebrate next January’s Simon Family JCC’s 20th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg took place on June 10 at the NARO Cinema in Norfolk.

An anonymous sponsor enabled the NARO to show Footnote, a Cannes Ophir award winning 2011 Israeli film, which tells the story of Israeli Talmudic scholars, father and son, each vying for a coveted academic prize.

The festival’s screening co-chair, William Laderberg, welcomed a theater filled mostly with festival regulars, as well as some new faces. Laderberg was followed by Gloria Siegel, vice president, JCC cultural arts, who announced the newly created Friends of the Festival as a way to support films and be “in the know” about the upcoming 20th Anniversary line-up, with up-to-date information about movies the screening committee is viewing, what they have selected, the latest trailers and more.

After the movie, Rabbis Michael Panitz, Jeff Arnowitz and Israel Zoberman hosted a discussion about the movie.

For more information about the Simon Family JCC’s 20th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film presented by Alma* and Howard Laderberg, call 321-2304 or email akoller@simonfamilyj.org.

by Leslie Shroyer

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