Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven

Beckerman Jewish Film Series
Various Locations

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Norman: The Rise and Fall of a New York Fixer (2017)

Thursday, April 5 | 6:30 PM | FREE

Luce Hall, Yale

34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven

TALKBACK: Dr. Shiri Goren, Hebrew Program Director

Norman Oppenheimer is a small time operator who befriends a young politician at a low point in his life. Three years later, when the politician becomes an influential world leader, Norman’s life dramatically changes for better and worse.

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The Number on Great Grandpa's Arm (2018)

Sunday, April 8 | 9:30 AM | FREE

Congregation Mishkan Israel

785 Ridge Road, Hamden

Parent/Student event for children grades 6-8

Discussion to follow

A conversation between a boy and his great-grandfather, an Auschwitz survivor, is woven with historical footage and animation to tell a heartbreaking story of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, sharing lessons from the Holocaust with a new generation.

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Big Sonia (2016)

Monday, April 16 | 7:00 PM | $10

Madison Art Cinemas

761 Boston Post Road, Madison

A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, Big Sonia offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry. The power of truth-telling heals us all through the story of 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski: greatgrandmother, business woman, and Holocaust survivor.

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Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel (2018)

Sunday, April 22 | 2:00 PM | $5 members | $10 community

JCC of Greater New Haven

360 Amity Road, Woodbridge

A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, Heading Home charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic.

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Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators (2017)

Thursday, April 26 | 7:00 PM | FREE

Woodbridge Town Library

10 Newton Road, Woodbridge

In 1940 Hans and Margret Rey fled Paris from the Nazis by riding makeshift bicycles—a manuscript of the first Curious George book as one of their few possessions. As refugees in New York, they created a classic that continues to reach children everywhere.

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An Act of Defiance (2017)

Sunday, April 29 | 6:30 PM | FREE

Temple Beth David

3 Main Street, Cheshire

Ten political activists (including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters) face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage after they are arrested by the apartheid South African government during a raid in the town of Rivonia, 1963.

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Rabbi Wolff: A Gentleman Before God (2016)

Wednesday, May 2 | 6:30 PM | FREE

New Haven Free Public Library, Ives Branch

133 Elm Street, New Haven

William Wolff is nearly 90 and perhaps the most unconventional rabbi in the world. As the State Rabbi of North-East Germany but still living in England, he commutes from Heathrow to Germany each week. A Holocaust survivor, former London-based politician, and respected rabbi, Wolff is a fascinating character blessed with a tremendous “joie de vivre”, who defies all conventions.

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Sammy Davis Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me (2018)

Sunday, May 6 | 10:30 AM | $10

Madison Art Cinemas

761 Boston Post Road, Madison

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression through the 1980s. Frequently bracketed by the bigotry of white America and black America, Davis was the most public black figure of his time to embrace Judaism.

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Wonder Woman (2017)

Tuesday, May 8 | 7:00 PM | $10

Cinemark North Haven

550 Universal Drive, North Haven

Presented in Partnership with the Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven

The 2017 box-office powerhouse, and largest grossing film ever by a female director, Wonder Woman features Israeli bombshell, Gal Gadot, in the title role. Equally glamorous and comedic, Princess Diana deflects bullets and tosses armored trucks aside as she leads a team of misfit sidekicks into battle.

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