Cherry Hill Volvo Jewish Film Festival will feature the best in cinema

By JILL COGAN, Katz JCC Judaic coordinator

This year’s Cherry Hill Volvo Jewish Film Festival (CHVJFF) slated for Apr. 3-10 is going to be an unforgettable week of film, according to Stephanie and Larry Whitson, event chairs. This year’s festival will feature shorts and full-length films that were produced in eight countries and award winners at Jewish film festivals across the globe, said the Whitsons. The committee reviewed an extensive number of outstanding films this year, and certainly picked the best of the best.

Film Festival Photo mediumThe Festival kicks off on Apr. 3 with opening matinee “Once in a Lifetime” for a family-friendly film about the power of education and remembering shared history. Sunday night continues with the opening night film “Dough,” an international film festival favorite featuring renowned actor Jonathan Pryce (“Game of Thrones,” “Pirates of the Caribbean”). This film, a dramatic comedy, is a warmhearted and humorous story about overcoming prejudice.

Join us for our Film Festival Luncheon on Thursday, Apr. 7, where we will be showing the film “Raise the Roof,” an uplifting documentary about 300 students from 16 countries coming together to rebuild a synagogue destroyed by the Nazis. Producer Cari Wolinsky and Director/Editor Yari Wolinsky will join us to share their stories. Thursday evening, the film “Sabena Hijacking–My Version” will piggyback on our evening with Michael Bar Zohar, who appeared this fall at our 2015 Festival of Arts, Books, and Culture. This film provides interesting perspective and insight into the infamous 1972 hijacking with testimony and interviews from those involved on both sides, including Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, former Prime Ministers Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak.

The CHVJFF ends with “Apples from the Desert,” four-time award winner, based on the novel of the same name. This story is about a young Orthodox woman who sets out to explore a new world that sets her entire family on a journey of personal growth.

In addition to many other documentaries, dramas, comedies and foreign films, there will also be two films that were written and/or directed by Cherry Hill locals. Be prepared to laugh, cry, think, and be wowed by the films.

Patron, series and a new five-film pass ticket are available. CHVJFF Patrons in addition to supporting the arts in South Jersey, receive numerous perks, including early entrance for seating, a preview party at Maggiano’s, a post-film dessert reception at ChopHouse and a dinner reception at the Mansion. Limited tickets are available, so early purchase is suggested.

“We are so grateful for the continued support of Cherry Hill Volvo Cars, which has been our event sponsor for 11 years,” said Larry Whitson. Screenings will take place at the Carmike Ritz Center 16 in Voorhees and the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill.

To see a complete lineup of films as well as purchase tickets, go to or purchase them at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill. s


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