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JEWISH LITERARY, FILM AND ARTS FESTIVAL

 

November 3 - 17

Each November, the JCA celebrates its annual Jewish Cultural Arts Festival. This Jewish literary, film and arts festival features a variety of events including films, performances and its signature event, the Annual Jewish Book Festival. Now in its 23rd year, the book festival showcases renowned authors you won’t see anywhere else in Jacksonville. We'll also have our pop-up book store, back by popular demand, to complement the festival. Visiting authors' books will be for sale, and a great selection of books curated by the Jewish Book Council will be available for a nominal donation to the JCA. All events are free and open to the entire community. For additional details about the festival or how to get involved, contact Lior Spring at (904) 730-2100 ext. 318 or lior.spring@jcajax.org.

OPENING NIGHT

NOV 3, 2019 AT 7 PM - JCA AUDITORIUM STAGE

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE JACKSONVILLE JEWISH CENTER AND THE HANNAH SETZER DORA LEVITT FAMILY EDUCATION FUND

YIDLIFE CRISIS PRESENTS YIDLIVE!

The boychiks from Montreal, Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion, share their schtick in a night of comedy, film and music.

It’s all the Yiddishkayt you can handle!

"We’re on shpilkes to come to Jacksonville!" - Eli and Jamie

 

Literary

POP-UP BOOK STORE

10 AM TO 12 PM | OCTOBER 23, 25, 27, 29, 31

Visiting authors’ books will be for sale. A great selection of books curated by the Jewish Book Council will be available for a nominal donation to the JCA.

NOV 5 AT 7 PM | GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT

JOIN US FOR A PRE-EVENT COCKTAIL AT 6:30 PM

Susan's husband was President Barack Obama’s U.S. Ambassador to Spain. Part memoir, part travelogue, enjoy Solomont’s adventures, both culinary and diplomatic, as she finds her place in the Madrid Jewish community.

Solomont is a professional philanthropic strategist. She was named International Woman of the Year by FEDEPE, the leading organization for Spanish women executives and directors.

Fellow author, journalist, founder of both the Second-Generation Holocaust Survivor Writing Workshops and Jacksonville’s Chapter Endnotes Intensive Book Group, Stacey Goldring will be interviewing author Susan Lewis Solomont.

Stacey is a University of Florida guest lecturer, NPR WJCT 89.9 FM literary commentator and documentary filmmaker. Currently, she has three documentary film projects in production. In 2017, she established the non-profit organization Searching for Identity, dedicated to dynamic programming through the visual and performing arts inspired by the written word.

 

NOV 6 AT 12:30 PM | BOOK CLUB VIA SKYPE

This captivating story details the history of Cairo’s Ibn Ezra Synagogue, its treasures and the divisions among people in its midst—part family quest, part detective story.

Lukas, a recipient of the National Jewish Book Award, the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, was a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey. He teaches at San Francisco State University.

NOV 11 AT 7 PM

Winston Churchill’s creation, the Special Operations Executive, recruited women spies who destroyed train lines, ambushed Nazis and much more! A heroic tale honoring bravery.

Sarah Rose was awarded a Lowell Thomas Prize in Travel Writing. Join us on Veterans Day for this very timely presentation.

NOV 12 AT 7 PM

For sports fans everywhere and those who love them! This is the thrilling and heartbreaking story of the 1950 City College of New York Beavers, the only team in history to win both the NIT and NCAA basketball tournaments in the same year when every single player was either Jewish or African American.

Matthew Goodman is a New York Times bestselling author

 NOV 14 AT 7 PM

A DOUBLE FEATURE BOOK EVENT! TWO AUTHORS SHARE A JEWISH HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE ON IMMIGRATION.

The Unwanted Jewish families from a small village at the edge of the Black Forest desperately pursue American visas to flee the Nazis. Author Michael Dobbs is on the staff of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Rescue Board This book tells the history of the War Refugee Board, the only official American response to the Nazi’s Final Solution. The book aids our understanding of American responses to the murder of Europe’s Jews. Rebecca Erbelding is a curator and archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

JAN 28, 2020 AT 7 PM

No diets here! Acclaimed internist Michael Roizen reveals how to use food to prevent disease, increase longevity and enhance our daily lives.

Dr. Michael Roizen is the chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic, chief medical consultant on The Dr. Oz Show and author of four #1 New York Timesbestselling books.

MAR 18, 2020 AT 7 PM

Gad is a mixed-race Jewish woman who helps care for her racist aunt. A story about what you inherit from your family —identity, disease, melanin, hate and, most powerful of all, love.

Gad is an independent film and television producer and holds an advanced degree in Modern Jewish History from Baltimore Hebrew University.

Films

NOV 7, 2019 AT 7 PM

DIRECTOR: JACOB GOLDWASSERISRAEL - 2018 – 90 MIN – DRAMA HEBREW WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

With accolades and rave reviews from more than 20 U.S. Jewish Film Festivals and an Israeli Academy Award nominee, this tender family dramedy is also a rare, honest depiction of special-needs relationships told with gentle humor and sensitivity.

NOV 13, 2019 AT 7 PM

DIRECTOR: DIRECTOR: PAULA EISELT USA–2018–90MIN DOCUMENTARY - ENGLISH

Rachel “Ruchie” Freier, a Hasidic lawyer and mother of six, challenges the patriarchal hierarchy of her Borough Park, Brooklyn home by creating Ezras Nashim “Women’s Help”, the first-of-its-kind, all-female ambulance corps in NYC.

NOV 17, 2019 AT 2 PM

DIRECTORS: DIRECTORS: DENNIS SCHOLL AND KAREEM TABSCH USA–2018–70MIN
DOCUMENTARY, HISTORY - ENGLISH

An entertaining look at 1970s Miami and the Jewish retirees who settled South Beach in the wake of World War II. Photographer Gary Monroe, whose work features prominently in the film, joins us for a discussion and Q+A following the film. This event begins with remarks in memory of Dinah Kossoff, founding member of the Jacksonville Jewish Film Festival committee.

Family Events

NOV 10 AT 10 AM

BOOK CLUB VIA SKYPE

“One-wish, two-wish, Jew-wish!” Magic Show

Gabriel’s magic wand gets him into trouble around the house until he learns that the greatest magician is a Mitzvah Magician who uses his powers to do good deeds.

After, enjoy a special JCA magic show—fun for the whole family! This event is in partnership with PJ Library.