19th Annual Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival
Saturday. October 26, and Sunday, October 27, 2019
The Film Festival Committee of Temple Beth El is pleased to invite you to the 19th Annual Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival, where we strive to use the power of film to entertain, educate and connect our audiences to issues related to Jewish life in the US and around the world.
Our films are shown in the comfortable Williamsburg Library Theater at 515 Scotland Street. In order to share such outstanding films with the community, we are offering these films at no charge, except for opening night ($15), which includes a dessert reception.
The Festival premieres on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 pm with Who Will Write Our History. Determined to defeat Nazi lies with pen and paper, an underground movement of Jewish intellectuals carries out an extraordinary form of wartime resistance. Days after 450,000 Jews were sealed in the Warsaw Ghetto, a clandestine band of journalists, scholars, and leaders chose to resist. Their extraordinary letters, confessionals, poems, and photographs, buried in milk cans and metal boxes, were retrieved after the war, providing a penetrating window into every aspect of life and death in the Ghetto.
They defied their murderous enemy with the ultimate weapon – the truth – and risked everything so that their archive would survive the war, even if they did not.
Afterward, join us in the Lobby of the Library Theater for a dessert reception.
On Sunday, October 27 at 2 pm, come enjoy 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. Its roster includes many Jewish-American major leaguers, most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, most never having set foot in Israel.
After years of defeat, Team Israel is finally ranked among the world’s best in 2017. Their odyssey takes them from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem where they are greeted as heroes, to Seoul where they must debunk their “losers reputation”! The team laughs, cries, and does much soul-searching, discovering the pride of representing Israel on the world stage. The connection to Israel that the players forge pushes them to unexpected heights as they represent the country on the world stage.