Please note our end-of-summer pool and gymnasium schedules: The indoor pool will be closed for annual maintenance beginning Friday, August 17 at 3:00 p.m. It will reopen on Tuesday, September 4. The Scotch Plains/Fanwood YMCA across the street will be open to JCC members for adult lap swimming only. The Eisenberg Gymnasium will be closed for floor refinishing beginning Monday, August 27. It will reopen on Tuesday, September 4.
Director: Alison Chernik Language: English and Hebrew with subtitles Running Time: 82 minutes
From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician, to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, Itzhak is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love.
The Body Collector
Wednesday, October 24 • 7:30 pm
Director: Tim Oliehoek Language: Dutch with subtitles Running Time: 142 minutes
The Body Collector tells the riveting story of investigative journalist Hans Knoop and his courageous pursuit of the biggest war criminal in the Netherlands, multimillionaire Pieter Menten. When Menten announces the partial sale of his art collection, the news is picked up by Israeli journalist Chaviv Kanaan, who accuses Menten of executing Jews in Polish villages during the war. Kanaan then contacts Hans Knoop and informs him that in 1943 Menten shipped three train cars with stolen art to the Netherlands. From here, Knoop pursues the truth about the ex-Nazi’s past, but Menten refuses to go down without a fight.
The Samuel Project
Monday, October 29 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: Marc Fusco Language: English Running Time: 93 minutes
Hal Linden of Barney Miller fame plays Samuel, a grandfather reconnecting with his grandson when he is made the subject of a high school project. Eli (played by Ryan Ochoa from ICarly) discovers that his grandpa, a Jewish dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany. After some hesitation, Samuel agrees to tell his story for his grandson's project—a story he hasn't told in over 75 years.
Monday, November 5 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: Eran Riklis Language: English, Arabis and Hebrew with subtitles Running Time: 80 minutes
An on-the-edge thriller set in Germany involving Mona, a Lebanese woman, and Naomi, an Israeli Mossad agent sent to protect their informant while recovering from plastic surgery for her new identity. Holed up for two weeks in a Hamburg safe house, they form an unexpected but fragile bond over a shared sense of loss and their difficult ties with maternity. No one saw what was coming, no one knew that this supposedly quiet fortnight would turn into an abyss and that shelter would need to be found elsewhere. The intimacy of the relationship that develops between the two women is exposed to the threat of terror that is engulfing the world today.
A Bag of Marbles
Tuesday, November 13 • 7:30 p.m.
Director: Christian Duguay Language: French, German, Russian, Yiddish with subtitles Running Time: 113 minutes
Left to fend for themselves in Nazi-occupied France, two Jewish brothers must rely on their courage and cunning to escape Nazi barbarism and avoid capture in this lavish, family-friendly adventure. In 1941 Paris, with the merciless persecution of Jews underway, young Joseph and Maurice are forced to flee their home and make their way south to the demilitarized zone - their best hope of survival. Aided only by their own ingenuity and the occasional kindness of others, the boys set off on a dangerous mission, overcoming extraordinary odds in hopes of one day reuniting with their family. This suspenseful and heartwarming adaptation of the classic novel is based on a true story and features stunning scenery, immaculate period detail and an ensemble of outstanding performances.
Tickets In Advance $12 JCC Member/Senior 62+/Student $14 General Public
At the Door $15 General Admission (for all ages)
Series Subscriber 1 ticket for each film $55 JCC Member/Senior 62+/Student $65 General Public