The Rutgers Jewish Film Festival celebrates 20 years of exploring Jewish history, culture, and identity through film. Running from Nov. 3-17, the festival will feature 19 films, including four New Jersey premieres and a closing night preview screening, and discussions with filmmakers, scholars, and other noteworthy guests. The event will be held at three venues: New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, 11 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick (NBPAC – Opening Night Only); AMC New Brunswick, 17 US Highway 1 South, New Brunswick (AMC); and Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau Street, Princeton (PGT). The festival is sponsored by Rutgers’ Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and is made possible by a generous grant from the Karma Foundation. 

The festival kicks-off on Sunday, Nov. 3, with a special gala dinner at 5:00 p.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. screening of The Unorthodox, an Israeli film nominated for fourteen awards, including Best Picture, at the 2019 Israeli Oscars. Rich in comedy and drama, the film is based on real events, telling the incredible underdog story of a small group of Sephardic Israeli men who decided to band together in the 1980s to fight for their rights and wound up creating the Shas Political Party. Jessica Steinberg, the culture editor for the Times of Israel, will be the guest speaker. Opening night will be held at the newly opened New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. The gala opening night celebration is sponsored by the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

Documentary films will be presented on a variety of topics—from a fresh look at the cultural history and legacy of Fiddler on the Roof, to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Israel Museum, to the discovery of a vast treasure trove of Jewish historical documents hidden for centuries in an ancient Egyptian synagogue.

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