The Levis JCC Sandler Center Announces Winners of the 3rd Annual Judy Levis Markhoff Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival (BRJFF)

The Festival Continues with Year-Round Screenings

Boca Raton, FL (April 10, 2019) – The Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center’s Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center may have wrapped its 3rd Annual Judy Levis Markhoff Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival (BRJFF), but the excitement continues. The Festival, which recently ran from March 10 - March 31, has announced its winners. The prized 3-week film festival, now among the top 10 Jewish Film Festivals in the US, featured a diverse collection of 44 international and independent premiere films from more than 19 countries. Films were screened at Cinemark Palace 20 Theaters in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray, and the Levis JCC Sandler Center.

Two stellar films took home the prize for Best Feature this year: Shoelaces, a drama that tells the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his son, who has special needs, and the historical drama 87 Children, the true story of a Crimean Tatar woman who saved orphaned Jewish children during the Nazi occupation. Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz, which paints a fascinating portrait of the last surviving Nuremberg Trial prosecutor, won Best Documentary Film. Finally, the 7-minute Canadian comedy Yidlife Crisis: The Double Date walked away with the win for Best Short Film.

The Judy Levis Markhoff Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival proudly continues throughout the year and will present encore screenings of five acclaimed films including Mamboniks, Sacred Spaces, Daniel Hope, The Accountant of Auschwitz, and one of this year’s winners for Best Feature, 87 Children. The broad array of these films explores the Jewish experience, culture, history, identity and topics relevant to Jewish life.

Mamboniks

Wednesday, May 22 at 1pm, Levis JCC Sandler Center

A delightful documentary about the dancers who fell in love with Mambo in the 1950s, and the dance craze that swept the nation. Mambo fans quickly earned the nickname Mamboniks.

Sacred Spaces - From Temple to Synagogues: Absence and Presence

Wednesday, June 26 at 1pm, Movies of Delray

Starting in Jerusalem, this film explores the historic destruction and reconstruction of the Temple. Its undeniable symbolic importance and influence can be found throughout the world when Jews construct their synagogues.

Daniel Hope

Wednesday, July 24 at 1pm, Movies of Delray

Daniel Hope is one of the greatest violinists of our age: an internationally-celebrated star, who performs on the greatest concert stages from Beijing through London to New York, and who is part of the avant-garde of a new, young generation of classical musicians. His biography is a story of an extraordinary career, a story of escape, expulsion and desire for self-discovery.

The Accountant of Auschwitz

Wednesday, August 21, Levis JC Sandler Center

In 2015, 94-year-old former German SS officer Oskar Gröning, nicknamed "The Accountant of Auschwitz", went on trial in his home country, charged with complicity in the murder of 300,000 Jews at Auschwitz in 1944. Gröning's trial made headlines around the world as a frail old man took the stand to face his former victims.

87 Children

Wednesday, September 25, Levis JCC Sandler Center

The true story of a Crimean Tatar woman named Saide Arifova, who saved orphaned Jewish children during the Nazi occupation.


The mission of the Judy Levis Markhoff Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival is to provide the newest, most stimulating and thought provoking films that encourage audiences to expand their awareness and understanding of the Jewish world and engage in dialogue to explore the many diverse perspectives portrayed by the films presented.

Save The Date for the 4th Annual Judy Levis Markhoff Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival, which will run March 8 - March 29, 2020.

For more information, or to purchase tickets to the post-Festival screenings, please visit bocajff.org. Tickets are also available by calling 561-558-2520 or by visiting the Levis JCC Sandler Center Box Office located at 21050 95th Avenue S., Boca Raton. Individual tickets are $10. Movies of Delray is located at 7421 W Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach.

About the Levis JCC Sandler Center

The Levis JCC’s Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center, which highlights renowned talent from artists and actors to authors and so much more, gives adults of all ages and faiths an opportunity to connect with others who share similar interests in continuing education, travel and social events. Learn more at levisjcc.org/culture.

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