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2020 Jewish Film Festival - trailers

2020 Jewish Film Festival – trailers

November 6, 2020

This year's St. Louis Jewish Film Festival takes place Nov. 9-15. View trailers for the festival's films below and read more of our coverage here.  “Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles” "Crescendo""The Spy Behind Home Plate""Golda""Holy Silence"“Shared...

Susan Block

Newsmakers: November 2020

Compiled by Jewish Light Staff November 6, 2020

Newsmakers is a compilation of local Jews’ newsworthy professional and academic accomplishments. Submit your news items to [email protected] Call 314-743-3669 for more information. Published the first edition of each month. Attorney Susan E....

Nancy Kranzberg

How has the pandemic affected artists in St. Louis? Here’s what they told me

I’ve been worried about my artist friends and wondering how they are coping in these troubled times. So I decided to just pick up the phone — I’m old fashioned — and ask.The main question I asked was how they were dealing with the time on their...

Yehuda Nahari Halevi stars in ‘Incitement.’

Chilling ‘Incitement’ dramatizes young man’s devolution to Rabin assassin

“Incitement,” director Yaron Zilberman’s gripping, fact-based political thriller, explores the life of a young Israeli man in the two years before he assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at a rally in November 1995 celebrating the second...

Rev. Traci Blackmon of Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant and Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis are featured in the documentary “Shared Legacies,” which is part of this year’s St. Louis Jewish Film Festival.

The full lineup: Jewish Film Festival

The Jewish Film Festival is a bit shorter this year, but it offers 12 outstanding dramas, documentaries and comedies from various countries. Some films have already appeared in St. Louis-area film festivals or theaters; others are local debuts. The annual...


Curtain going up on virtual Jewish Film Festival

Think you missed this year’s St. Louis Jewish Film Festival? Actually, no, because the film fest that usually takes place in June will run Monday through Nov. 15, back-to-back with the Jewish Book Festival. And like the book festival, the film...

“The Rabbi Goes West”

‘The Rabbi Goes West’ in SLIFF’s Jewish-oriented films

The St. Louis International Film Festival, presented annually by Cinema St. Louis, runs from Thursday through Nov. 22, meaning it overlaps with both the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival (Nov. 1-8) and the Jewish Film Festival (Nov. 9-15). But because the...

Shira Haas and Yoav Rotman in

In trailer for ‘Esau,’ Shira Haas and Harvey Keitel star in Israeli film based on Meir Shalev novel

Gabe Friedman October 28, 2020

(JTA) — The first trailer is out for “Esau,” a new movie loosely based on a biblical sibling rivalry that was filmed in Israel and boasts an all-star cast of Jewish actors.“Esau,” a drama based on the novel by the same name by Israeli author...

“Stan Lee: A Life in Comics” by Liel Leibovitz 

Stan Lee bio traces his genius from Silver Age comics to silver screen

Disclosure: Since my childhood I have been a rabid fan of comic books. At one time, I owned about 1,200 of them, arranged in neat stacks on the windowsills of my room in our Delmar Loop apartment.With this background, I eagerly asked to review the new...

Comedian Judy Gold has written a new book, “Yes, I Can Say That: When They Come for the Comedians, We Are All in Trouble.

Consider the source: Jews, comedy and the First Amendment

Freedom of speech is no laughing matter – except in the hands of comedian and author Judy Gold. She analyzes threats to the First Amendment of the Constitution from the perspective of a stand-up comic. The book makes the case that PC police and “cancel...

Ola Sergatchov, vice president of corporate strategy at Israeli data center and cloud security company Guardicore. Photo: Courtesy

Meet the Orthodox woman at the top of Israel’s cyber game

By Naama Barak, Israel21c October 23, 2020

“On Friday morning I have on one ear a conference call and one hand mixing cholent, and with my foot I’m rocking the baby carriage,” says Ola Sergatchov. “That’s what my life looks like.”Vice president of corporate strategy at Israeli data...

Firqat Alnoor performing at the Jerusalem Festival. Photo: courtesy 

Israeli orchestra sends musical love letter to Arab states

Atop a soaring Tel Aviv skyscraper, an orchestra of Jewish, Muslim, Druze and Christian musicians from across Israel performed the Emirati song “Ahebak” (“I Love You”) in tribute to the historic Israel-UAE peace treaty.Posted on September 15...

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