The city of Long Beach is gearing up for an exciting cultural event – the 20th Annual Long Beach Jewish Film Festival, hosted at the Alpert Jewish Community Center (Alpert JCC). 

This year’s festival, taking place from January 17 to 21, 2024, promises to be a remarkable showcase of Jewish-themed cinema featuring a diverse array of genres, including romantic comedies, dramas, and animation.

Premiere Night: A Spectacular Kickoff

The festival kicks off with a glamorous Premiere Night on January 17. From 6 to 9 pm, guests can enjoy a stroll down the red carpet, indulge in gourmet popcorn, experience live music, and savor drinks. 

The highlight of the evening is the screening of “Marrying Myself,” setting the tone for an enthralling festival ahead.

A Festival for Everyone

In the lead-up to the main event, the festival will screen two free movies specifically for teens and families. This initiative ensures that the festival reaches a broader audience, including the younger generation, fostering a love for cinema and Jewish culture.

Diverse Film Lineup

The festival’s lineup includes:

  • “You Are So Not Invited to my Bat Mitzvah” (Free Teen Movie Night) – A comedy that delves into the world of teenage friendship and Bat Mitzvah dramas.
  • “An American Tail” (Free Family Movie Day) – A classic animation that narrates the adventures of a young Russian mouse emigrating to the United States.
  • “Marrying Myself” (Premiere Night) – A romantic comedy about a single woman in Tel Aviv who decides to marry herself, only to face an unexpected romantic twist.
  • “The Story of Annette Zelman” – A drama based on the true story of Annette Zelman, a Jewish woman who faced betrayal and survival during the Holocaust.
  • “Matchmaking” – A comedic tale of an Orthodox Jewish man’s quest for love, defying traditional expectations.
  • “Farewell, Mr. Haffman” – A gripping drama set during the Nazi occupation of Paris.
  • “My Father’s Secrets” – An animation/drama focusing on a family grappling with the legacy of the Holocaust.

Tickets and Special Offers

Tickets are available for individual films or through a Festival Pass, which includes additional perks like VIP skip-the-line access, unlimited drinks at receptions, and a souvenir popcorn container. Special pricing is available for Alpert JCC members.

Free Films for Children and Teens

Don’t forget about the two free films for children & teens on January 6th & 14th!

A Hub of Cultural Engagement

The Long Beach Jewish Film Festival is more than just a film screening event. It’s an opportunity for attendees to immerse themselves in Jewish culture, engage in meaningful discussions, and connect with the community. 

The Alpert JCC, known as “Your Center for Life,” is a hub for various activities ranging from early childhood education to fitness programs and Jewish cultural events.

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