The 22nd annual Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival has its opening weekend starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 and running through Nov. 17, with special events at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center in Los Gatos and the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto.
Most of the films will be shown at the Camera 7 in Campbell's Pruneyard, 1875 So. Bascom Ave., or the Century 24 in San Jose, 741 Winchester Blvd.
Opening night includes "An Evening with Topol," acclaimed actor Chaim Topol, famous for his portrayal of Tevye the Milkman in the
play and movie, "Fiddler on The Roof."
The event begins at 8 p.m. at the OFJCC, 3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto. Purchase tickets by clicking here.
A compilation of scenes from his movies will be offered, and the Israeli actor, a Golden Globe Award winner and Best Actor Oscar nominee, will speak about his career and take questions from the audience. A catered dessert reception and the opportunity to meet Topol will follow.
Films shown on Sunday, Oct. 20 include:
- Fiddler on the Roof (Sing-along), 2:30 p.m., at the OFJCC in Palo Alto.
- Paris-Manhattan, 6:30 p.m. at the OFJCC in Palo Alto.
- The Ballad of the Weeping Spring, 8:30 p.m., at the OFJCC in Palo Alto.
On Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Addison-Penzak JCC in Los Gatos, the festival presents "Kids Screen," featuring Shalom Sesame, featuring well-known American performing artists, the beloved Sesame Street characters who travel to Israel where they learn about Jewish holidays and traditions.
Also that day, at 4 p.m. at the Addison-Penzak JCC, the festival presents "Teen Screen," featuring the movie "David," about a Muslim boy, son of a Brooklyn imam, who discovers friendship with several modern Orthodox boys who assume he's Jewish.
See the complete list of films, some from Israel in Hebrew with English subtitles, by clicking here.
Tickets are $11 in advance, $13 at the door and $9.50 and $11 for seniors.