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Time for our annual trek to the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival!
This year BJB is co-presenting Sleeping with the Fishes.

The critics say: Writer/ director Nicole Gomez Fisher’s delightful debut brings this quirky story of a dysfunctional yet loving Latino Jewish family to uproarious life.

Get your ticket and join us! We’ll go out to eat up the block afterwards and discuss the film, life and other interesting topics.
EMAIL ME so I’ll know to look for you and we can set up our meeting spot.

Saturday, Aug. 8
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland

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The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival for 2011 kicks off on July 21. Building Jewish Bridges is co-presenting two films.

Names of Love, SF Jewish Film Festival 2011

The Names of Love
What happens when a tightly-wound Jewish scientist falls for a young Algerian sexpot in modern-day France? Cultures, mores and tragic histories collide-to surprisingly humorous effect. By hook, by crook and by routine wardrobe malfunction, the charming Baya seduces right-wingers in order to convert them. When she mistakenly propositions socialist Arthur and he politely declines (having
to perform an autopsy on a goose), the spark of love ignites in this whimsical, unexpectedly sensitive romantic comedy.
Note: Contains nudity.

Playing –
Sat, Jul 23, 7:00PM at Castro Theatre, SF
Thu, Aug 4, 6:10PM at Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto

Tevye at the SF Jewish Film Festival

Tevye
When you read the short stories, monologues and novels of Sholem Aleichem (the pen name of Sholem Rabinovitch, 1859–1916), the colorful characters seem to spring off the page and get a life of their own. Those who know Fiddler on the Roof may be surprised by Aleichem’s own dramatic adaptation, which takes more liberties than the musical creators did while presenting a much older Tevye and focusing mostly on the scandalous elopement of Chava and the gentile Fyedka. The dialogues alone will delight anyone with an affinity for Yiddish language and culture, and Tevye’s struggle to uphold tradition in the face of social tumult remains archetypal. Tevye was the first film not in English to be added to the Library of Congress’s prestigious American Film Registry, and will be shown in a restored print from The National Center for Jewish Film.

Playing –
Wed, Jul 27, 1:20PM at the Castro Theatre, SF
Wed, Aug 3, 2:15PM at the Roda Theatre, Berkeley

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The 2010 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is underway! Come with me to see Saviors in the Night. Saviors is a true story about a German Catholic family who hid a Jewish family during the Holocaust.

Go online and buy your ticket at: www.sfjff.org

As usual I’d like to get together for a dinner of pizza before the film around the corner from the theater. Email me if you want to join me for dinner before the film. We always have a great time chatting.

Date: August 7
Time: 7pm
Place: Roda Theater, Berkeley Rep, 2025 Addison, Berkeley
Info: Contact me at 510-845-6420 x11 or email me at dawn@buildingjewishbridges.org

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Learning by watching can be a lot of fun. Why not learn while watching a movie?

I got my rabbinic student friend to turn away from the homework for awhile to give me a list of movies.

Movies for learning about Judaism

Judaism is not just a religion. It is a culture, an ethnicity, a civilization. Each of the movies on this list examines something about the Jewish experience.

Jewish Cultural Landmarks (you really should see them)
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
Schindler’s List (1993)
The Jazz Singer (1927)
Yentl (1983)
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Cabaret (1972)
Exodus (1960)

Jewish History, Jewish Culture (fairly reliable)
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Schindler’s List (1993)
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Exodus (1960)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Pictures of the American Jewish Scene
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Bugsy (1991)
Crossing Delancey (1988)
Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
The Chosen (1981)
Biloxi Blues (1988)
The Jolson Story (1946)
Paper Clips (2004)
Harry and Tonto
Life is Beautiful
The Frisco Kid (1979)
Trembling Before God (2001)
Bee Season (2005)
Enemies, A Love Story (1989)

Israel
Ushpizin (2005)

Jewish Folklore, Jewish Tales
The Golem (1920)
Ben-Hur (1959)
An American Tail (1986)

Holocaust
Schindler’s List (1993)
The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Cabaret (1972)
The Pianist (2002)

World Jewry
Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (1974)
Raid on Entebbe (1971)

Good for Discussion – Not Necessarily Kosher Info
Annie Hall (1977)
Funny Girl (1968)
Dirty Dancing (1987)
The Big Lebowski (1997)
Goodbye, Columbus (1969)
Pi (1998)

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