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Worcester JCC 
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Worcester Senior Center: 128 Providence St., Worcester, MA 01604

St. Johns High School, Founders Hall:  378 Main St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545

The Willows at Worcester, Great Room: 101 Barry Road, Worcester, MA 01609

Worcester JCC Auditorium:                  633 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609

Congregation B'nai Shalom:                  117 E Main St., Westborough, MA 01581


Made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Central Mass


Central Mass International Jewish Film Festival 2020         Presented by the Worcester JCC


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Chaverim, a Program of JFCM
Hadassah Greater Boroughs & Worcester Chapters 
The Willows at Worcester

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Congregation B'nai Shalom - 117 E Main St, Westborough MA


Saturday, January 18, 7:30 pm, $15 General Admission

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Director: Sameh Zoabi I Israel / Luxembourg / Belgium / France I 2018 I 100 minutes I Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles

Brimming with humor, satire, and multiple plot lines, Tel Aviv on Fire follows Salam, a winsome slacker, who gets his big break as a writer on a popular Palestinian soap opera. His daily commute from Jerusalem to the Ramallah set, through the Israeli checkpoint, leads toregular encounters with Assi, the IDF officer in charge.In order to gain his favor, Salam allows him to make storyline changes. Torn between the demands of the officer and the show’s Arab financial backers, Salam devises a final masterstroke.

Nominated for 4 Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Film, 2019

“Sharp-eyed and funny.” A. O. Scott, New York Times

*Opening Night Film, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, 2019



Worcester JCC Auditorium - 633 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA

Tuesday, January 21, 7:00 PM, $12 General Admission 

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Director: Dror Zahavi I Germany I 2019112 minutes I Hebrew, Arabic, German with English subtitles
When a world-renowned conductor accepts a job as maestro of an orchestra comprised of Israeli and Palestinian teens, he knows there will be challenges but fails to anticipate their intensity. The teens’ level of distrust makes it hard for them to put their feelings aside and let music unite them.
Loosely inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, this gripping drama builds as a constantly growing ‘crescendo,’ rising the tension and conflicts until the last frame.


St. John's High School - Founders Hall, 378 Main St., Shrewsbury, MA

Saturday, January 25 @ 7:30 PM - $15 General Admission

Director: Marcus H. Rosenmuller I UK, Germany;

2019 I 120 minutes I English, German (with subtitles)The true story of

Bert Trautmann, a former German POW, who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, becomes goalkeeper for Manchester City and a soccer icon. He falls in love, overcomes personal tragedy, and wins the hearts of a British public who initially refused to accept a German playing for their team. The Keeper raises tough questions about forgiveness and the power of sports to unite.

*Audience Favorite: San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, 2019

Dessert reception following film co-sponsored by Chaverim, a program of JFCM, Hadassah Greater Boroughs Chapter, and Hadassah Worcester Chapter


The Willows at Worcester - Great Room

101 Barry Rd., Worcester

Sunday, January 26 @ 2:00 PM --$12 General Admission


Director: Max Lewkowicz I USA I 2019 I 90 minutes English

The new documentary, Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles, looks at the cultural history of one of the world’s most beloved musicals, Fiddler on the Roof, which opened on Broadway in 1964.

With rare archival footage and interviews with musical luminaries including Stephen Sondheim, Topol, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the film explores the impact of this iconic, long-running, award-winning musical, including the true wonder of wonders—that audiences worldwide and for the last half century all claim the story as their own.

*Opening Night Film, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, 2019


Worcester JCC Auditorium

633 Salisbury St, Worcester

 Tuesday, January 28 @ 7:00 PM --$12 General Admission

Director: Avi Nesher I Israel I 2018 I 117 minutes Hebrew with English subtitles

By turns suspenseful, poignant, and humorous, The Other Story is about two rebellious young women – one fleeing the chaos of secular hedonism for the disciplined comforts of faith, the other rejecting Orthodoxy for spiritual freedom. The two cross paths unexpectedly in Jerusalem, to startling consequences.

*The latest from beloved filmmaker Avi Nesher (Turn Left at the End of the World).

Encore Showing

Sammy Davis, JR.: I've Gotta Be Me

Friday, January 17, 1:00 PM at The Senior Center - FREE

SNOW Day: Friday, January 24 @ 1:00 PM

Director: Sam Pollard I USA I 2017 I 100 minutes English

It’s hard to imagine a more talented and groundbreaking performer who led a more complicated and contradictory life than Sammy Davis, Jr. Featuring excerpts from his exhilarating performances and star-studded interviews, director Sam Pollard’s riveting documentary presents a very full and very human portrait of this complex,courageous, and con icted man.

*Opening Night and Audience Favorite, Boston Jewish Film Festival 2018