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.

SHABBAT SHOP @ THE MOVIES: An Adaptations Social Enterprise

The Shabbat Shop is proud to partner with the Carole Zabar Center for  Film at JCC Manhattan to present a concessions stand with popcorn, pretzels, chocolate, water, and more. The Shabbat Shop is staffed by Adaptations participants. Proceeds from the Shabbat Shop benefit programming at the Jack and Shirley Silver Center for Special Needs.


Upcoming Screenings

Winter Season Film Pass
  • 1/1/2017 - 4/30/2017
  • $50.00 / $70.00

Purchase a pass for our acclaimed series and enjoy a spectacular season of preview and premiere films, special cinematic events and discussions. Enjoy cutting-edge films from around the world, documentaries and special engagements, followed by conversations with filmmakers and special guest speakers.

*USAGE NOTES: Winter season runs from 1/1/17-4/30/17. This pass is for personal use only. Passes do not include film festival screenings. To assure tickets to each screening, reservations are still necessary. Please claim tickets in the JCC lobby. Pass does not constitute ticket to films/events.*

The Settlers
  • Tue, Feb 21 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Shimon Dotan (Israel, 2016, 110 min.)

This two-hour documentary on the history of the Israeli settlements in the West Bank explores the origins of the settlements, the changes they have imposed on Israeli and Palestinian societies, and their impact on Middle Eastern and world affairs. The settlers are associated with xenophobia and religious zealotry. But little is known about the personal beliefs and stories of the settlers themselves.

Director Shimon Dotan’s research has uncovered growing influences on West Bank settlers that include interactions with French and American religious Jews and well organized evangelical Christians. He explores the various forces that shape the lives of the settlers both externally and internally, and immerses himself in their midst to deliver a film “from within.” “This film,” Dotan said, “is an exercise in listening.”

Screening followed by Q&A

Dimona Twist
  • Tue, Feb 28 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Michal Aviad (Israel, 2016, 70 min.)

This moving film focuses on the lives of women in Israel, specifically those from North Africa and Poland who came by ship in the 1950s and 1960s and were sent to Dimona, a newly established town in the desert. They talk about the pain of leaving their homes behind, poverty, the difficulties of adjusting to their new homeland, and about their determined attempts to create rich and meaningful lives. Intimate conversations are interwoven with stunning archival footage and music of the time.

Screening followed by Q&A

9th Annual ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival
Reelabilities Film Festival
  • 3/2/2017 - 3/8/2017
  • $9.00 / $13.00
Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric
  • Tue, Mar 21 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Katie Couric (USA, 2017, 93 min.)

Katie Couric sets out across America to meet with leading scientists, surgeons, and experts in their field to answer questions about gender identity. She speaks with the ordinary people who find their bodies and their lives on the front line of a rapidly changing world. This film examines the roles of science, politics, and culture in relation to gender, shedding light on countless untold stories of struggle, understanding, ignorance, and love.

Copresented by the Jewish Education Project, BBYO, Keshet, and Moving Traditions. Screening followed by Q&A

One Week and a Day
  • Tue, Mar 28 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Asaph Polonsky (Israel, 2016, 98 min.)

When the mourning period over their son ends, a return to routine seems to be in order for Vicky, while her husband, Eyal, opts for a total abdication of routine -- stealing his dead son’s bag of medical marijuana and proceeding to get high with his stoner neighbor. As the world refuses to accommodate Vicky and Eyal’s, sensitivities during their time of bereavement, the two parents act in outlandish ways as they attempt to regain a sense of control over their lives, finding that despite the most painful losses imaginable, the world stops for no one.

Screening followed by Q&A

Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
  • Tue, Apr 04 7:30 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Daniel Raim (USA, 2015, 94 min.)

Academy Award®-nominated director Daniel Raim (The Man on Lincoln's Nose) and Executive Producer Danny DeVito (Pulp Fiction, Man on the Moon) present Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story, a fascinating and deeply moving account of the romantic and creative partnership of storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his wife, film researcher Lillian Michelson—a talented couple once considered “the heart of Hollywood.”

Harold and Lillian worked on hundreds of iconic films during Hollywood’s golden age including The Ten Commandments, The Apartment, The Birds, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Rosemary’s Baby, Fiddler On The Roof, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Scarface, Full Metal Jacket, and more.

Although the couple was responsible for some of Hollywood’s most iconic examples of visual storytelling, their contributions remain largely uncredited. Through an engaging mix of love letters, film clips, and candid conversations with Harold and Lillian, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Coppola and others, this heartfelt documentary chronicles the remarkable relationship of two extraordinary careers spanning six decades of movie-making history.

Screening followed by Q&A

The Wedding Plan
  • Wed, Apr 26 7:00 PM
  • $9.00 / $12.00

Dir. Rama Burshtein (Israel, 2016, 110 min.)

The deeply observant Orthodox 32-year-old Michal (Noa Koller) has always been desperate to marry, and finally she's met a man, gotten engaged and rented the hall for her wedding.  The invitations are out. But on the eve of the great event, her fiancé confesses he doesn't love her and the wedding is called off. Undeterred, Michal refuses to cancel her wedding plans. She firmly believes that God will provide a husband by the eighth day of Hanukkah.

With the clock ticking and matchmakers on the case, Michal begins her quixotic search for the perfect mate, with results both hilarious, tantalizing and uncanny. In her first film, the acclaimed Fill the Void, the American-born Israeli Rama Burshtein, gave us a dramatic study of marriage in the Hasidic community; here she adopts a looser style, giving us something new: an ultra-Orthodox romantic comedy. And in Noa Koller she's discovered a wonderfully expressive comedienne who makes the quirky, determined, insecure Michal an unforgettable and unique screen hero. Is she deluded, or will her faith be rewarded?

Winner, Best Actress & Best Screenplay, Israeli Academy Awards. Screening followed by Q&A

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