Fifty-eight years ago Meir Moses formed part of an elite group of Israeli soldiers who were captured in Syria during a covert military operation. After weeks of interrogations, one of his unit members hung himself in his cell, leaving a note that read, “I did not betray. I killed myself.”


For the past 40 years, a group of comedy writers and directors has gathered every other Wednesday for lunch. In between heaping portions of matzo ball soup and brisket, the affable group kibitzes about their careers, aging and death with the sharp timing of seasoned comedians.

Melting Away

This heartfelt drama follows the story of a family drawn into crisis after the parents discover their son is secretly transgender and kick him out of the house. Years later, when the father is dying of cancer, the mother hires a private detective to track him down.

Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen

Ari Seth Cohen knows that style knows no age limits. Cohen is a groundbreaking photojournalist whose Advanced Style blog, book and soon-to-be-released documentary film, capture the unique fashion flair and personal style of seniors in and around New York City.

Nicky’s Family

In 1939, Sir Nicholas Winton, personally and by his own initiative, saved the lives of 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and brought them to Britain. For nearly 50 years, he kept secret how he rescued these children.

To Be Like Avi

To Be Like Avi is a story of three young refugees who fled Africa and left their families behind. Studying in Israel and dreaming of following in the footsteps of a young man named Avi, who is the only refugee who was able to obtain Israeli citizenship and join the IDF, the three start their high school senior year.

White Panther

In the 1990’s a million former USSR Jews arrived in Israel. White Panther is the story of Alex, a young Russian immigrant who joins a skinhead gang, led by his older brother. An unexpected meeting with David, a religious Moroccan Jew, gives Alex a chance to pursue his longtime dream of becoming a boxer like his father.

Nono, the Zigzag Kid

Nono wants to be like his father — the best police inspector in the world — but he constantly gets in trouble. He is sent away to his uncle Sjmoel, who is supposed to get him back on track. During the train ride Nono meets master-burglar Felix Glick, chases and a mysterious woman whose secrets will change Nono’s life forever.

Israeli Jazz Café with the Roy Assaf Trio

Delivering fresh color to the world of music and to the Jewish Arts & Film Festival, the Roy Assaf Trio blends traditional jazz with Middle Eastern rhythms, singable melodies and danceable rhythms. A special bond is created among the musicians which leaves the audience feeling inspired by a memorable happening.

The Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County thanks all of our generous donors, supporters, community sponsors, committee members and patrons for making the 2013 Jewish Arts & Film Festival a great success. We received overwhelming feedback from our audiences as to the rich quality of Festival offerings. Festival attendance records were broken three times this year for our opening night film, Melting Away; our closing night film, Nicky’s Family; and for our Festival Preview event, Advanced Style with POSH. We partnered with the JCC Provider’s of Senior Happiness (POSH) for the most stylish of evenings with photographer Ari Seth Cohen and his photography exhibit, Advanced Style. Another highlight of the Festival was our Israeli Jazz Café featuring the Roy Assaf Trio and the homecoming of our very own Sarah Miller and co-author Joyce Lazarus as they presented their novel, Hiding in Plain Sight: Eluding the Nazis in Occupied France.

The Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County has a tradition of asking the audience to rate each film and we are proud to announce the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film and Best Documentary.

The 2013 Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film is Melting Away, directed by Doron Eran, Israel, 2011.
The 2013 Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary is Nicky’s Family
, directed by Matej Minac, Czech Republic, 2011.

This year the Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County introduced a new concept, Festival Shorts, in which the audience viewed 10 film shorts and rated their top three. The winners of the 2013 Audience Choice Awards for Best Film Shorts are:
First Place: Strangers, Israel, 2004, written and directed by Erez Tadmor & Guy Nattiv
Second Place: Gefilte Fish, Israel, 2008, written and directed by Shelly Kling
Third Place: B-Boy, USA, 2012, written and directed by Lisa Cohen

If you joined us for the 2013 romantic comedy, Dorfman in Love, don’t miss this message from the screenwriter, Wendy Kout and producer, Leonard Hill. (link here)

Although the fall Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County has concluded, please keep an eye out for Festival offerings throughout the year. Mark your calendars for Sunday, February 9 for the film, Home of the Brave: When Southbury Said No to the Nazi’s at 1 p.m. at the Stamford JCC. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County.

We are pleased to have partnered with new community sponsors as well as with our longtime supporters who all enrich our Festival season. We look forward to our future work together. 

We hope you have enjoyed the 2013 Jewish Arts & Film Festival of Fairfield County and will join us for more festival offerings this year and for years to come.

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