Join us for premieres and previews, meet filmmakers, and engage in conversations about topics central to our community.

Cinematters: Film @ the JCC

JCC Manhattan's film program showcases films that promote change and reflect on pertinent themes. Featuring previews and special engagements, CINEMATTERS emphasizes films on social justice, social action, and matters crucial to our New York community and society at large. Presenting movies from around the world, our screenings include special guest speakers, filmmakers, actors, and other interactive opportunities to further engage with the themes in our award-winning films. We believe films move and impact audiences and are one of the most compelling ways to effect change. We invite you to be inspired, join the conversation, and begin to change our world.


Upcoming Screenings

Spring Season Film Pass
  • 5/1/2015 - 6/30/2015
  • $30.00 / $50.00

To ensure tickets to each screening, pre-registration is necessary. Please call the Box Office (646) 505-5708 for availability. Pass does not include film festival screenings. Please continue to check the website for updates and additional films added to the schedule.

Israel Film Center Festival Pass
  • 6/4/2015 - 6/11/2015
  • $50.00

Get access to all films screening as part of the 3rd Annual Israel Film Center Festival at JCC Manhattan, excluding special events*.

For full schedule of the festival please visit

Pass does not guarantee seating. Please call the JCC box office (646-505-5708) to reserve your tickets.

*Special events include: Opening Night Screening & Reception and Closing Night Screening.

Righteous Rebel: Rabbi Avi Weiss + A Tale of a Woman and a Robe
  • Mon, Jun 15 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Righteous Rebel: Rabbi Avi Weiss

Dir. Dr. Phil Schneider (USA, 2014, 49 min)

For forty years, both from an international platform as well as from his local pulpit in the Bronx, Rabbi Avi Weiss has been an important voice against injustice. A compelling, insightful, and comprehensive look into Weiss's extraordinary life and how his crusading activism and "speaking truth to power" has inspired others to "show up, stand up, and speak up" in times of crisis.

A Tale of a Woman and a Robe

Dir. Nurit Jacobs-Yinon: Aluma-Films (Israel 2015, 27 min)

Female voices share stories surrounding the ritual of "Mikvah." Followed by conversation:

Jewish Activism: Creating a Space for the Female Voice

Opening Remarks: Dr. Anat Sharbat

The panel:

Maharat Ruth Balinsky-Friedman
Chava Evans
Nurit Jacobs Yinon
Dr. Phil Schneider

Moderator: Rabbi Ysoscher Katz

Co-sponsored by Yeshivat Maharat and the Lindenbaum Center for Halakhic Studies in partnership with JOFA.

Rooftop Screening: Hair
  • Thu, Jul 09 8:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Milos Forman (USA, 1979, 121 min)

Milos Forman's adaptation of the tribal rock musical about a quiet young man from the Midwest who becomes friendly with a group of New York hippies on his way to begin basic training in the military.

Rooftop Screening: The Graduate
  • Thu, Jul 16 8:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Mike Nichols (USA, 1967, 106 min)

Re-visit the American classic and sing along to the tunes of Simon and Garfunkel. Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is entrapped in an affair with Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father's business partner, but finds himself falling in love with her daughter, Elaine.

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