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JFEC Announces 21st Annual International Film Festival

In association with The Garde Arts Center, Old Mistick Village Art Cinemas, 
B. P. Learned Mission and Connecticut College Hillel


As in all years, the Film Festival Committee is extremely excited to present this year's line-up of films, documentaries and shorts. The International Film Festival searches high and low for the best new cinema that our committee feels will promote awareness, appreciation, pride and diversity - not only for our Jewish community but the community at large. We encourage everyone to see as many films as possible and bring a friend, neighbor or relative  to enjoy the cinematic experience. Festival programs are designed to both educate and illuminate through evocative, independent fiction and documentary films that portray the Jewish experience from current to historic global perspectives. 

The International Film Festival begins its search over the summer for new, exciting, inspiring and yes, even provocative topics. We review and discuss the films at length for several months and only when we are confident with the line-up do we make our announcement that this year's film festival is ready! 

We encourage you to review our line-up at our JFEC International Film Festival dedicated web site; watch the trailers and read the reviews. Then, come out to the film openings during the month of March and see if you feel the critics got it right with the films!

Additionally, we would like to give a heartfelt and sincere Todah Rabah - THANK YOU to our local sponsors whose consistent generosity enables us to annually present the film festival to the community; these gracious sponsors include:
To spice things up this year, the Film Festival decided to initiate a new theme, "Dinner and a Show." We have called on many of your favorite local restaurants near our venues and encourage you to check back to see which restaurants are participating. These restaurants will be offering incentives for movie-goers to dine prior to the movie. Participating restaurants include: The Seehund German Pub & Restaurant in New London, The Lazy Leopard Thai Café in New LondonJasmine Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar in New London; and The Voodoo Grill in Mystic. These restaurants will offer 10 percent off dinner. La Luna Ristorante Italiano in New London and The Pita Spot in Mystic will both offer 15 percent off dinner. In lieu of a discount, Mystic Diner and Restaurant in Mystic will offer patrons a choice between one FREE appetizer OR one FREE dessert. Please check out the Restaurants tab for more information and to download a coupon.

Please continue to check back often as updates will be made here. Please don't hesitate to call on us should you have any questions and we can't wait to see you in March at the movies!

Sherry L. Barnes & Faye Clymer, Film Festival Co-Chairs
Jerome E. Fischer, Director, Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut

JFEC 2015 Solidarity Family Mission to Israel June 28 - July 9

Visit the JFEC MISSIONS tab to find out more information about the 2015 Solidarity Mission to Israel!

Weekly Torah discussions (with Lunch) led by Rabbi Safman beginning Jan. 14

Come and Learn (and Eat!)

This week as we begin the Book of Shemot. The Jewish Federation will be kicking off a series of weekly Torah discussions led by Rabbi Safman of Congregation Beth El in New London. The classes, which will take place every Wednesday from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at JFEC’s office (28 Channing Street, New London), will focus on parshat ha’shavua (the weekly Torah portion), bringing both traditional and contemporary insights to bear on the text. Furthermore, since our Sages taught “Im ein Kemach, ein Torah” (“Without bread, there is no Torah”, Pirkei Avot 3:21) the sessions will be accompanied by an (optional) dairy lunch available at nominal cost ($5/person).

Come join us for a chance to feed both your stomach and your soul. All participants are welcome, whatever your prior text study experience or skills. RSVPs would be welcomed. Please email rabbi@bethel-nl.org to express your interest.