WESTFIELD, NJ — The JCC of Central New Jersey’s 9th Annual Jewish Film Festival will kick off Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. with the New Jersey premiere of The Third Half, the true story of a Macedonian soccer team during the turmoil of WWII.

A different film will be shown each week from Oct. 23 to Nov. 19 at the Rialto Theatre, 250 E. Broad Street, in Westfield. Other films include The Attack, about a man who discovers that his wife was responsible for a devastating suicide bombing; Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story, about the man whose defiance of Nazi law resulted in “the largest rescue action by a single individual during the Holocaust;” AKA Doc Pomos, one of American music’s greatest untold stories; and Simon and the Oaks, an epic drama that vividly illustrates the situation faced by Jews in Sweden during WWII.

“I am excited to begin our 9th annual Jewish Film Festival of Central New Jersey at the Rialto Theatre in Westfield,” said Amy Warsh, the JCC’s Cultural Arts & Education Director. “Our audience continues to grow from year to year and this wonderful cultural event gives the community the opportunity to think, laugh, cry and discuss together.”

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Sponsors for the film festival include Doris Buttery & Family; Gitterman & Associates Wealth Management, LLC—Elias S. Rauch; Needle Point Homes—Erica & Steve Needle; Deitch & Perone, P.C., Matrimonial Attorneys; Renee & David Golush; The Kirsch Family; Senator Kean, Assemblyman Bramnick, Assemblywoman Munoz; Robert Kuchner CPA/PFS—Marks Paneth & Shron LLP; Schwartz, Barkin & Mitchell, Attorneys at Law; Beckerman & Company Professional Insurance Managers; The Breen Family of Camp Riverbend; Marcy & Scott Lazar; Rina & Gary Meltzer; Barbara Potashkin & Associates Nutritionist/ Dietician; Harriet Rothschiled/Gianine & Gavin Handwerker; Temple Emanu-El, Ellen & Steven Tripp; Beth Charschan & Clarie Maizes; Carole Chrystal; Howard & Sylvia Cohen; Congregation Beth Israel; Elyse & David Deutsch; Evalyn Dunn Gallery; Flemington Car & Truck Country; Jerry & Diane Forman; Barbara Halberstadtler; Jeni-Fit/Jenifer Wirtshafter; Susan Kaminoff & Suzanne Tucker; Kaufman Stairs; L.B. Electric Supply Co. Inc.; Llewellyn Jones for Scotch Plains Township Council; Maoz Vegetarian; Maple Kosher; Barbara & Larry Pargot; PAR Productions/Pam Rediker; Jill Horowitz Rome & Jeff Rome; Janice Siegel & Lloyed Marks; Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah; The Bath Connection; Vivian & Jac Toporek; Jeffrey A. Warsh, esq; and Pam & Darryl Wornow.