The J is proud to partner with the National Center for Jewish Film to offer several rare and relevant documentary films throughout the year.

Cuba's Forgotten JewelsCuba’s Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana

Thursday, Dec 20, 2018 | 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Pre-Film Cuba Libre Happy Hour I 6:30 PM (Happy Hour Canceled)
USA, 2017, 46 minutes | Directed by Judy Kreith & Robin Truesdale

In 1940 Cuba took in 6,000 Jewish refugees, including hundreds of Jewish diamond cutters and their families who, for a few years, turned the small tropical island into one of the world’s major diamond-polishing centers. Featuring an original soundtrack of Cuban and Jewish music, refugees interviewed in the film recall their lives in wartime Havana.

1:00 PM Screening | $5 Member | $8 Public (Cuban-themed Lunch at 12:00 PM $4 Member | $6 Public)
7:30 PM Screening | $10 Member | $15 Public 

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Funny WomenMaking Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women

Thursday, March 21, 2019 I 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Pre-Film International Day of Happiness Happy Hour | 6:30 PM
USA, 2006, 85 minutes | Directed by Rachel Talbot I Produced by the Jewish Women's Archive

What is it that makes Jewish women so funny...and so Jewish? This film tells the story of six of the greatest female comic performers of the last century — Molly Picon, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, Joan Rivers, Gilda Radner and Wendy Wasserstein. Hosted by several contemporary female comics, it's the true saga of what it means to be Jewish, female and funny both today and yesterday.


For more information, please contact Rabbi Samantha Safran at or 713.595.8183. 

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