How Federation Makes an IMPACT: Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival

Through the Opportunity Fund, Federation makes one-time grants available to encourage creativity, innovation, and provide seed funding to address needs and opportunities not otherwise being met.

TCJFFOne such opportunity was for the Jewish Community Center of Greater St. Paul/Sabes Jewish Community Center—to support the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival that was held October/November 2015. One of the goals of this was to support collaborative, meaningful partnerships between the St. Paul JCC and the Sabes JCC in Jewish cultural arts offerings.

This past event marked its 22nd year, and included 13 movies – 7 of which were making their Midwest & Minnesota premieres! Below is a list of the films that were shown, in case you missed them.

Diplomacy – watch the trailer here

The Age of Love – watch the trailer here

To Life (A La Vie) – watch the trailer here

Is That You? – learn more about the film here

Sabena – watch the trailer here

Fauda – watch the trailer here

"Iris" (2015) - Directed by Albert Maysles

“Iris” (2015) – Directed by Albert Maysles

Are You Joking? – watch the trailer here

Iris – watch the trailer here. This movie is currently streaming on Netflix (as of 12/7/15).

Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus – watch the film in its entirety on YouTube here

Of Many – watch the trailer here

His Wife’s Lover – learn about the film here

Jerusalem – watch the trailer here

At Federation, one of our core priorities is strengthening our connection to Israel and Jewish Peoplehood. By engaging the local community here as well as our neighbors across the river, it’s our hope that supporting events such as the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival help us work towards accomplishing that mission.

We encourage you to subscribe to our blog to continue to learn about how the Minneapolis Jewish Federation makes an IMPACT in our community – both locally and abroad. And as always, we couldn’t do what we do without your support. If events such as the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival are important to you, please consider making a donation to Federation today so we can continue to provide support to events just like it in the Twin Cities.

IMPACT: Helping the World Over

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With partner agencies like JDC operating in more than 70 countries around the world, odds are you’ll run into Federation on your travels. Sheri and Steve did in Morocco.

Originally a haven for Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition, Morocco has been a home to Jews for hundreds of years. Today the small, vibrant Moroccan Jewish community is a particularly active JDC partner, achieving an exceptional degree of self-sufficiency and serving as an example for other Jewish communities the world over.

Jews have been living in Morocco since Roman times. Moroccan Jewry – a unique community with a rich heritage – has undergone significant demographic change over the past half-century, with emigration largely responsible for reducing its numbers from their mid-1900s peak of 240,000.

#60DaysMJF Images for E-mail and Blog (7)Today, there are some 4,000 Jews in Morocco living among a predominantly Muslim population of over 32 million people. Despite this minority status, the bond between Morocco’s Muslims and Jews has remained strong, and Jewish communal life in Morocco offers a model of coexistence that many in the West are unaware of.

The Jewish community of Morocco has succeeded in maintaining a strong Jewish identity and is very well organized. It includes two Jewish school systems, welfare services, medical facilities, and homes for the aged. The majority of Morocco’s Jews – between 3,000 and 3,200 – live in Casablanca, a thriving center of Jewish communal life and home to over 20 functioning synagogues, three Jewish social clubs, kosher restaurants, and most of the community’s infrastructure.

While the Jewish community remains vibrant and dynamic, the community is cognizant of the need for security measures at Jewish schools and institutions. This, together with a rapid rise in the cost of living, has created financial challenges for the community that have necessitated cuts in allocations affecting a range of welfare, medical, and school programs.

JDC works in cooperation and partnership with local leadership and the Council of Jewish Communities, the umbrella organization representing Jewish communities in Morocco, to address these challenges. Together, they offer financial and technical assistance to Jewish institutions and programs in Casablanca and seven smaller provincial communities to help in providing necessary health, welfare, and educational services for Morocco’s Jews.

You can help us support our partner agencies, such as JDC, today in three ways:

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IMPACT: A Jewish Summer Camp with International Flavor

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Every summer, 1,300 young Jews from 20 countries travel to rural Hungary to attend Camp Szarvas. Funded in part by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a Federation partner agency, Szarvas merges the fun of sleepaway camp with the celebration of Jewish peoplehood.

For many campers, Szarvas serves as their first encounter with Judaism. Founded in 1990 to help Jews in Europe seeking a return to their roots after the fall of Communism, Szarvas continues to help the many Jews still exploring their Jewish identities. Through swimming and Israeli dancing, campfire sing-alongs and soccer games, campers learn about their Jewish heritage and form lifelong friendships that span the globe.


#60DaysMJF Images for E-mail and Blog (10)In Their Own Words: From Szarvas Campers to Jewish Leaders

“Because of Camp Szarvas, I knew at age 12 that I wanted to work with the Jewish community…This background helped me become a part of the team that worked on opening the first Jewish elementary school in Croatia (and the former Yugoslavia) since WWII.”
Maya Cimes, Jewish Educator, Croatia

“[At Szarvas], I discovered that Jews were living not only in Israel and Bulgaria, but in dozens of countries around the world. The Jewish summer camp experience helped me clarify my identity and made me strive for more knowledge about our history and traditions. I will never forget that at Szarvas I had my Bar Mitzvah – an important Jewish milestone that I probably wouldn’t have had back at home.”
– Martin Levi, JDC Program Coordinator, Bulgaria

“I come from a mixed marriage; my mother is Jewish and my father is not….Growing up, I wasn’t really aware that I was Jewish, because it wasn’t something mentioned in our home. Szarvas helped develop my Jewish identity and it affected a lot in shaping me into the person I am today.”
– Mina Pasajlic, Co-Founder Haver Serbia NGO, Serbia

You can help children locally and abroad experience the joys of camp today in three ways:

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IMPACT: Making a Home in the FSU with Federation Support

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The former Soviet Union is home to some of the world’s poorest Jews. In some places, food is scarce and bathtubs are a luxury. Entire families live together in a tiny single room, and kids grow up — literally — before their parents’ eyes.

#60DaysMJF Images for E-mail and Blog (1)On a recent Jewish Federation mission, Darren Sukonick met one of these families: a mother, a father and two teen daughters, who might not be able to get by without Federation.

“It was heartbreaking to think of these two young women in the shadow of this difficult circumstance, not having the chance to do what we in North America would think of as the most basic of things,” he says. “And it was amazing to see that some of the programs (of Jewish Federation) could help them break out of a situation which wasn’t their making.”

Get a glimpse of Darren’s home visit, and hear him tell his Federation story in his own words.

You can help empower these young ladies, and thousands of other Jews in the former Soviet Union (FSU) today in three ways:

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Volunteer by investing your time—make calls at a Call for Change phone-a-thon, join a committee, or become a campaigner.

SIGN UP TO CALL FOR CHANGE

CONTACT FEDERATION STAFF ABOUT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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Engage by exploring the many ways to get involved with Federation, from attending an event to exploring leadership opportunities, to hopping on our upcoming Campaigner’s Mission!

JOIN THE CAMPAIGNERS’ MISSION

ATTEND AN EVENT

CONTACT FEDERATION STAFF ABOUT ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES