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Evening with Topol


SVJFF Opening Night Special Event

An Evening with Topol

Chaim Topol, famous for his portrayal of Tevye the Milkman in the play and movie, "Fiddler on The Roof," will be headlining the Opening Night. A compilation of scenes from his movies will be offered, and the Israeli actor, a Golden Globe Award winner and Best Actor OscarĘ nominee, will speak about his career, and take questions from the audience. A catered dessert reception and the opportunity to meet Topol will follow.


A biography, with a truckload of performance clips by legendary Songwriter Doc Pomus.

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My Awkward Sexual Adventure My Awkward Sexual Adventure

Conservative accountant, rejected by his girlfriend as being unable to satisfy her sexually, explores the sexual "wild side" in the hope of winning her back.

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The Ballad of the Weeping Spring The Ballad of the Weeping Spring
Passionate tale of a master musician who, in order to repay a debt of honor, re-assembles his former group to perform the concert-of-a-lifetime.

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Closed Season Closed Season

A Jewish man, fleeing from the Nazis, is given shelter by an impotent farmer in exchange for an unusual bargain: He must father a child by the farmer's wife.

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A Muslim boy, son of a Brooklyn imam, discovers friendship with several modern Orthodox boys who assume he is Jewish.

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Dorfman in Love

Dorfman in Love: Eliot Gould
Dorfman in Love

Life for Deb is complicated. She must care for her father, work for her self-centered brother, and still make time to find love with the perfect man.


A reception and opportunity to meet Elliott Gould will follow.

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Downtown Express Downtown Express

In Brooklyn, a struggling and talented young musician from Russia wants to play popular music, but his father insists that he become a classical violinist.

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Fiddler on the Roof Fiddler on the Roof (Sing-along)

A musical set in Russia in 1905, based on Tevye and his daughters by Sholem Aleichem. Join us for a sing-along. Chaim Topol will introduce the film, in person.

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The Gatekeepers The Gatekeepers

A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of the Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.

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gods_neighbors God's Neighbors

The arrival of an attractive and independent woman triggers a crisis of faith for a member of an Orthodox watchdog gang.

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hannah_arendt Hannah Arendt

When she characterized the evil of the Holocaust as the work of "ordinary" men, Hannah Arendt, a philosopher and writer, created controversy about the Adolf Eichmann trial.

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In The Shadow In The Shadow

In this nail-biting feature, an honest police detective fights to prove that Jews did not commit a robbery in anti-Semitic circa 1953 Czechoslovakia.

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Koch Koch

While mayor of New York in the 1970's, Ed Koch was either loved or hated. His legacy is that he saved the city from imminent financial collapse.

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Melting Away Melting Away

This sensitive feature tells the story of a transgender entertainer who strives to re-connect with the parents who shunned him as a young teen.

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Paris-Manhattan Paris-Manhattan

A Jewish Parisian girl, forever searching for the right man, is obsessed with Woody Allen's movies. Woody shows up and gives her the guidance she needs.

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The Price of Kings: Shimon Peres The Price of Kings: Shimon Peres

The life of Shimon Peres, a nation builder, Nobel Peace prize winner and the president of the state of Israel.

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Putzel Putzel

Putzel's goal in life is to inherit the Jewish Deli, founded by his grandfather. This goal is jeopardized when his uncle becomes involved with an unstable woman.

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Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir

Roman Polanski is one of the most distinguished living film directors. An intimate and fascinating documentary film about his life.

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Shalom Sesame KIDS SCREEN
Shalom Sesame

Featuring well-known American performing artists, the beloved Sesame Street characters travel to Israel where they learn about Jewish holidays and traditions.

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Simon and the Oaks Simon and the Oaks

The lives of a Swedish family and a Jewish refugee family from Germany become intertwined over two decades, as their long-suppressed secrets are eventually revealed.

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The World is Funny The World is Funny

An Israeli family manages to reconcile after a lengthy separation from one another that was precipitated by deep tragedies.

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Wunderkinder Wunderkinder

This is a story about deep friendship between three musically talented children, two Jewish and a German girl. The story takes place in 1941 Ukraine before and during the German invasion.

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Zaytoun Zaytoun

A downed Israeli pilot and an Arab boy forge an unlikely bond in their desperate journey together as they flee to reach the Israeli border.

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