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JCC to Host 10th Annual Jewish Film Festival at the Rialto Theater in Westfield

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Avi Nesher, one of Israel's top directors, will attend the showing of his film, The Wonders on Monday, Nov. 3.  He will also lead a post-film discussion. Credits: JCC of Central NJ
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SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, WESTFIELD, NJ -- Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 21 and running five weeks through Nov. 19, the JCC of Central New Jersey is hosting its 10th Annual Jewish Film Festival of Central New Jersey at partner Rialto Theater, 250 East Broad Street in Westfield. 

Opening night, Tuesday, Oct. 21, features Magic Men.  Premiering in NJ, this modern-day road trip adventure explores the challenges of faith across generations, and the understated performances of the cast give the film magic.

Another NJ premiere, 24 Days on Wednesday, Oct. 29, tells the tragic story of Ilan Halimi who, in 2006, was kidnapped in Paris and tortured by The Gang of Barbarians. With all of today’s world conflict, 24 Days’ relevance is powerful.

Directed by renowned Israeli director, Avi Nesher, The Wonders will be shown on Monday, Nov. 3.  Alissa Simon of Variety says The Wonders is “an unusual dramedy that offers a stylish and amusing riff on Chinatown by way of Alice in Wonderland.” One of Israel’s most successful directors, Nesher will be a guest speaker after the movie.  His background includes work with movie legends Ron Howard, James Cameron and Dino DeLaurentis.

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Cupcakes, which will be screened on Thursday, Nov. 13,  is a delightful story about a diverse group of young neighbors in Tel Aviv who are chosen to represent Israel in the finals of Universong, a televised song contest a la America’s Got Talent.

The Festival will conclude with The Jewish Cardinal on Wednesday, Nov. 19.  The film tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, a Jew, who maintained his cultural identity even after converting to Catholicism, joining the priesthood, and rising through the ranks of the Church.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m.  There will be plenty of seating, as each film will be screened in two auditoriums.  Visit www.jccnj.org for details including film dates/times, movie descriptions, ticket price, ticket purchase and links to the film trailers. 

Enjoy dinner before the movie with one of our restaurant partners. Film go-ers can take advantage of special dinner offers from Akai Lounge, Amuse, Cosimo’s Italian Restaurant, Limani Seafood Grill and Westfield Diner. 

The JCC of Central New Jersey is located at 1391 Martine Ave. in Scotch Plains. It is a constituent agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, United Way of Greater Union County, and the Westfield United Fund. Financial assistance is available for membership and various programs.

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