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Rockville, 20852

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March 2018

Multifaith Film Fest – A Heartbeat Away

Thursday, March 8, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bender JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, 20852

Israel / 2016/ Hebrew / Swahili / English Subtitles / 54 MIN The story is about an Israeli pediatric cardiologist who is sent to Africa to perform lifesaving operations in Tanzania, where every day five children die from heart conditions. Dr. Akiva Tamir and his team examine hundreds of children, although only a handful can receive the treatment which will save their lives. When 6 year-old Julius arrives to the clinic in critical condition, Dr. Tamir is forced to decide…

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Multifaith Film Festival – Jews & Buddhism: Belief Revealed, Faith Amended

Friday, March 9, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Bender JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, 20852

Free yoga class to follow film Director/Writer: Janis Plotkin United States / 1999 / English / 41 Min Synopsis This film examines the dramatic surge of interest among American Jews in the spiritual teachings of Buddhism. Jews, who make up 2% of the population, account for some 30% of non-Asian American Buddhists. Many of them are among the leading expositors and scholars of Buddhism in America. In practice, traditional Jewish ritual and liturgy are being modified in synagogues and among…

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Multifaith Film Fest – An Act of Defiance

Friday, March 9, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Bender JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, 20852

Director/Writer: Jean van de Velde Netherlands / 2018 / English / Afrikaans / 123 MIN Synopsis: In this riveting historical drama, 10 political activists (including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters) face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage after they are arrested by the apartheid South African government during a raid in the town of Rivonia during the summer of 1963. Bram Fischer (exceptionally played by Peter Paul Muller), a sympathetic lawyer,…

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Multifaith Film Fest – Gaza Surf Club

Saturday, March 10, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bender JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, 20852

Q&A Discussion to follow with Matt Olsen, Founder of Gaza Surf Club and panelists, Aziz Abu-Sarah and Elkana Bar-Eitan. The panelists will be presenting their personal stories about their lives on each end of the Israeli socio-political spectrum. Aziz is a Palestinian from East Jerusalem who lost his brother in battle with the IDF and Elkana is an Israeli who lost his brother-in-law in a terror attack two years ago. Aziz and Elkana are committed to building bridges between different…

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Multifaith Film Fest – Precious Life

Sunday, March 11, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Bender JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, 20852

Discussion and light reception to follow film. Director/Writer: Shlomi Eldar USA / Israel / 2010 / Hebrew / Arabic / English / 90 MIN Synopsis: With the help of a prominent Israeli journalist, Precious Life chronicles the struggle of an Israeli pediatrician and a Palestinian mother to get treatment for her baby, who suffers from an incurable genetic disease. Each must face their most profound biases as they inch towards a possible friendship in an impossible reality. For more details…

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Multifaith Film fest – Holy Air

Sunday, March 11, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Bender JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, 20852

Light reception to follow film showing. Director/Writer: Shady Srour Israel /Comedy / 2017 / Arabic / Hebrew / English / Italian / French / 81 MIN Synopsis: Adam is a Christian Arab living in Nazareth – member of a vanishing minority within a minority in the Holy Land and the Middle East. His wife Lamia is a strong, beautiful and progressive Arab woman, who runs a foundation for women’s rights. When Adam hears that Lamia is pregnant and his father…

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Gryphon Trio at Bender JCC

Sunday, March 11, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bender JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, 20852

Now in its 23rd year, Canada’s Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences and the press with its highly refined, dynamic performances and has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. With a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century. Tickets are available online at: http://www.benderjccgw.org/event/14737-2/

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April 2018

Cinema J Presents: Menashe (Movie)

Monday, April 9, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bender JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, 20852

Family is Always Worth Fighting For Synopsis: This charming romantic comedy from acclaimed writer-director Rama Burshtein (Fill the Void) tells the story of a jilted bride who decides to keep her wedding date, trusting that God will provide her with a husband in time. Movie Info: Israel / 2016 / Hebrew w/ English subtitles / 110 minutes More Info & Tickets: http://www.benderjccgw.org/event/cinema-j-menashe/

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Escher Quartet at Bender JCC

Sunday, April 15, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bender JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, 20852

Founded in 2005, the Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. Awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2013, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in its home town of New York. The Quartet takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher and draws inspiration from the artist’s method of interplay. Tickets are available online at: http://www.benderjccgw.org/event/escher-quartet-string-quartet/

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May 2018

Cinema J Presents: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bender JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, 20852

Some Stories are Too Good to Be Fiction Synopsis: The world’s most beautiful woman was also the secret inventor of secure wifi, bluetooth and GPS communications, but her arresting looks stood in the way of her being given the credit she deserved… until now. Movie Info: United States / 2017 / English / 86 minutes / For mature audiences More Info & Tickets: http://www.benderjccgw.org/event/cinema-j-bombshell/

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Shanghai Quartet & Alexander Fiterstein at Bender JCC

Sunday, May 6, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bender JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, 20852

Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Its elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres including traditional Chinese folk music, masterpieces of Western music and cutting-edge contemporary works. The New York Times described their sound as “beautiful liquid clarity.” They will be joined by clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, recipient of a 2009…

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June 2018

Cinema J: The Last Laugh (Movie)

Wednesday, June 6, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bender JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, 20852

Pushing the Boundary of Comedy Synopsis: The Last Laugh pairs clips from films, performances, and interviews with top comedians and prominent Jewish leaders — including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Abraham Foxman, and Shalom Auslander — to ask the ultimate taboo question: Can the Holocaust be funny? Movie Info: United States / 2016 / English / 90 minutes More Info & Tickets: http://www.benderjccgw.org/event/cinema-j-last-laugh/

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