by Marcy Lahav, Katz JCC Adult, Cultural and Judaic Director
Our Cherry Hill Volvo Cars Jewish Film Festival is always spectacular, but this year we have a very special intergenerational connection to our community. This connection, filled with pride will take place on Tuesday, July 28 at 7pm when Terrence Connelly, the grandson of Gloria Fischel, will lead a discussion on the documentary short, Children of the Holocaust Remember. Terrence a high school student from Bedminster, NJ was inspired to uncover the untold stories of other survivors after interviewing his grandfather for his bar mitzvah speech. This documentary features the eight Holocaust survivors Terrence interviewed. Terrence gives new meaning to L’Dor V’Dor, passing on the stories and traditions from one generation to the next. You can view this short and the feature film The Invisibles from July 26-28.
The Invisibles, a German docudrama by Claus Räfle, was released in 2017. The film tells the story of four Jewish teenagers who survived the Holocaust by going into hiding in Berlin during World War II. The movie is a combination of reenactments and personal interviews, archival footage and voice overs. The main actors are Max Mauff, Alice Dwyer, Ruby O. Fee and Aaron Altaras.
We are fortunate to live in a community with an exceptional Jewish Film Festival. We also live in a community where parents and grandparents foster an appreciation for Jewish heritage, culture and values in their children. We are honored that the 2020 Film Festival showcases the films of creative and compassionate grandchildren of our community.
The Film Festival runs through August 13, 2020. For more information on purchasing tickets for these films and other engaging, entertaining Jewish Film Festival films, please go to katzjcc.org/film.