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Tucson International Jewish Film Festival

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The Tucson International Jewish Film Festival promotes independent, international film that celebrates Jewish culture and cultural diversity. The annual festival brings outstanding films from around the globe to Tucson-area screens. More than 3,000 festival attendees will gain a glimpse of Jewish lives that are worlds away and yet remarkably familiar. TIJFF is also one of the longest-running Jewish film festivals in the country and one of the longest-running film festivals in Arizona.


Tuesday January 14 – Tickets

 Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles – Documentary – 5pm

USA. 2019. 92 min. English

It’s “A Blessing on your head”…. and A JOY FOR YOUR HEART!

  • The wonderful and sometimes turbulent genesis of the global sensation, Fiddler On The Roof. The movie overflows with anecdotes, good and the not so good, from the many theater greats who have “lived” in Anatevka, and with archival footage of productions over the last 50 years.
  • Presented by Cookie Little, Dennis Baxter and family

Family in Transition – LGBTQ Documentary – 7:30pm

Israel. 2018. 70 min. Hebrew/English subtitles

  • In this intensely intimate documentary, Amit, a husband and father of 4, reveals that he wants to become a woman. Amit’s wife and children stand by, as do close friends, but some in their conservative Israeli town shun the family. The camera follows their journey from the surgery and then to their life after the transition. We see how the family copes… and then doesn’t.
  • Sponsored by Weintraub Israel Center

Wednesday January 15 – Tickets

 And Then She Arrived – Romantic Comedy, Narrative – 5pm

Israel. 2017. 100 min. Hebrew/English Subtitles

  • Dan, a confirmed nerd, thinks he is the luckiest guy in the world! He is going to marry his childhood sweetheart and her father is welcoming Dan into his law firm. It’s the perfect life plan… RIGHT? At least until he meets a free-spirited Sephardic waitress.
  • Presented by Friend of the Festival
  • Sponsored by Weintraub Israel Center


The Tobacconist – Narrative -7:30pm

Austria/Germany. 2018. 108 min. German/English Subtitles

  • A tender, humorous coming of age story of 17 year old Franz, who is befriended by Sigmund Freud, a good customer in the tobacco shop where he works in Nazi-occupied Vienna. Their nurturing friendship allows the naïve Franz to become a man of courage and conviction.
  • Presented by Anne Lowe and Donna Dennison

Thursday January 16 – Tickets

     Short film Series – 5pm

The Starfish

USA. 2018, 39 min. English

  • Herb Gildin and his sisters were sent from Germany to live with Swedish families in order to escape the Nazis. After the war they joined their parents in America. Herb never told his wife and children about his childhood. Finally decades later he does, and after 60 years Herb returns to Sweden and reunites with his Swedish family.

Torch –

Israel. 2017. 17 min. Hebrew/English Subtitles

Noga is 15 years old, lives in Jerusalem and has just lost her father in a terror attack. She and her mother attend the annual torch lighting ceremony at a community center, and as she lights her torch, she gives voice to her rebellion.

Grateful –

USA. 2018. 15 min. English

  • Jenni was given a bleak prognosis of ALS, but because of the wonderful and caring volunteers who helped her to get through every day, she faced it with humor and gratitude.
  • Shorts sponsored by Joy and Michael Feldman and family


 Winter Hunt – Psychological Thriller, Narrative – 7:30pm

Germany. 2018. 75 min. German/English Subtitles

  • Pretending that her car has broken down, Lena lies her way into the remote Rossberg family mansion. She intends to force the aged Rossberg to confess that he was a Nazi guard at Auschwitz. What she discovers is more than she bargained for.


Friday January 17 – Tickets

Hope Dies Last – Short – 1pm

England. 2017. 7 min.

  • You can hear the silent shouting of his thoughts. A Polish political prisoner in Auschwitz became the personal barber to Rudolph Hess. Hess, the camp commander, introduced the use of Zyklon B to kill prisoners.

Who Will Write Our History – Documentary

USA/Poland. 2018. 95 min. English, Yiddish, Polish/English Subtitles

  • Executive Producer Nancy Spielberg
  • In 1940 when the Warsaw Ghetto was closed, brave Polish journalists, writers and historians buried a huge archive of newspapers, posters and testimonials. They constantly risked their lives so that the world would understand who the Jewish people really were – not how the Nazis had depicted them. Some had the chance to leave the ghetto but remained because this project was so vital.
  • Sponsored by Rabbi Stephanie and Dr. Jack Aaron

Saturday January 18 – Tickets

The Catcher Was A Spy – Biographic Drama. Based on a true story – 7:30pm

USA. 2018. 98 min. English

  • PAUL RUDD (Friends, Ant-Man) stars in this biographical drama about Moe Berg, a graduate of Princeton and Columbia Law School, who chose major league baseball over Law and who, during WWII, chose to be a spy and provided the U.S with invaluable intelligence.
  • Presented by Mary and Barry Ganapol

Sunday January 19 – Tickets

Promise at Dawn – Biography Funny and Poignant – 4pm

France. 2017. 131 min. French/English Subtitles

  • From his childhood in Poland, to his adolescence in Nice, to his school years in Paris, and his tough training as a pilot during WWII; this is the romantic story of Romain Gary, the famous French novelist who is the only writer to have won the prestigious Goncourt Prize for French Literature twice.
  • Presented by Liz Guillen and Talya Simha Fanger-Vexler (Legendary Properties)


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Do you have plans this weekend? Help us ring in the holiday season (and get a jump start on your 2020 exercise goals) at the Hot Chocolate Fun Run this Sunday, Dec 15! 1K/5K/10K routes are available, and the whole family is welcome to attend.

More info and registration below--see you there!
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Shabbat Shalom! Wishing all of our friends, near and far, a warm and restful weekend.
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Cycle for Good is back! Join Laura Swenson and music with DJ Thoolan for a special 2 hour Spin ride to benefit The J Taglit Program.

Spinning wheels will complement spinning dreidels as the fourth annual Movement-wide stationary bike event called Cycle for Good takes off on Sunday, December 22, 2019. Thanks to staggered start times, many participants in Cycle for Good will ride indoor bikes at the same time in Jewish Community Centers across North America. Each JCC will ride and raise money for a charity of their choice.

Reserve your bike now for 8am, 9am or both for a suggested donation of $18!
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Free event alert! Join us to kick off the holiday season at GLOW, an interactive glow-in-the-dark party for the whole family. More info and registration here: https://operations.daxko.com/Online/5078/ProgramsV2/Search.mvc?program_id=TMP27400&locations=B330
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Winter break is just around the corner, and Camp J is the place for your kids to play, explore, and have a blast this holiday season:

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There's still time to sign up for our 1/5/10K Hot Chocolate Fun Run on the 15th! Kick off the holiday season with us--the whole family is welcome!
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