The 2021 Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival takes participants on a cinematic, cultural journey that depicts a broad spectrum of Jewish life. The films shown come from all over the world, providing diverse audiences with a glimpse into the Jewish experience. We are excited to bring you seven outstanding films this festival season. Treat yourself to the richness of Jewish life projected through the lens of modern filmmakers.

Join us virtually or in person!

Links for viewing will be provided after registration.

All films will be shown in the JCC Multi-Purpose room unless otherwise specified. Thanks to the 2021 Screening Committee: Michael Shepherd, Chairman, Nancy Burnett, Alice Franklin, Dr. Jacob Labendz, Robert Rawl, Kandy Rawl, and Linda Shepherd.


Thursday, October 7
7:00 p.m. | Documentary

Multi Purpose Room
JCC of Youngstown

Chronicles the story of the international Broadway blockbuster "Fiddler on the Roof" – exploring the unexpected richness of its themes as well as its vast reach across time and cultures.


Sunday, October 10
4:00 p.m. | Documentary

Butler Institute of American Art
524 Wick Ave., Youngstown

The crucial historical lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation are revisited and revived in this utterly fascinating, urgent call to action.


Monday, October 11
6:00 p.m. | Drama

Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor

Abraham Bursztein, an 88 year-old Jewish tailor, runs away from Buenos Aires to Poland, where he proposes to find a friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II. 

Includes a discussion with Dr. Stephanie Pridgeon from Bates College.

Part of the Hispanic Heritage Month events at YSU



Thursday, October 14
7:00 p.m. | Drama

Multi Purpose Room
JCC of Youngstown

A lyrical story of the healing power of love in the midst of national conflict, loss, and trauma, revealing the healing process of Holocaust survivors through the eyes of a young girl in post-World War II Hungary.


Tuesday, October 19
6:30 p.m. | Documentary

Multi Purpose Room
JCC of Youngstown

This film traces the Jewish involvement in the history of the sport from the game's earliest days, through the tumultuous war years to today's All-Star games. 


Wednesday, November 3 
7:00 p.m. | Documentary

Multi Purpose Room
JCC of Youngstown

Syndrome K is the true story about a highly contagious, highly fictitious disease created by three Roman Catholic doctors during the holocaust to hide Jews in a Vatican-affiliated hospital.


Sunday, November 7
2:30 p.m. | Drama

Multi Purpose Room
JCC of Youngstown

Shadowed by a strict, military father who inflicts severe methods of punishment as a form of discipline, seventeen year old Ariella commits a grave error that her father isn't willing to punish her for.

Couples Pass - $45

Festival Pass - $30

Individual Movie - $7


Congregation Rodef Sholom

Sisterhood of Congregation Rodef Sholom
Frances & Lillian Schermer Charitable Trust

Schwebel Baking Co.

CR Electric

Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past

Temple El Emeth

2021 Screening Committee

Michael Shepherd, Chairman
Nancy Burnett
Alice Franklin
Dr. Jacob Labendz
Robert Rawl
Kandy Rawl
Linda Shepherd

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