Adolph & Rose Levis JCC’s Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center Announces Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival Winners

Boca Raton, FL (May 8, 2017) – The Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center’s Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center presented the inaugural Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival (BRJFF) this past spring during the week of March 19-26, 2017, at the Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton.

The BRJFF featured an eclectic collection of 27 feature films, documentaries and short films from the United States, Israel and many other countries. The broad array of films explored the Jewish experience, culture, history, identity and topics relevant to Jewish life. Many of the films were U.S., regional, or Florida premieres, bringing the best of Jewish film to the South Florida community.

Three outstanding films were selected as festival winners:

  • Winner Best Documentary FilmSabena Hijacking: My Version
  • Winner Best Feature FilmPersona Non Grata
  • Winner Best Short FilmThe Chop

Learn more about the winning films and all of the films featured at

For many years, local enthusiasts of Jewish-themed films have been traveling south to Miami and north to Palm Beach Gardens to enjoy the newest films, while some even travel to Telluride, Park City, Toronto, New York or Cannes to immerse themselves in the world of Jewish film. With the creation of the BRJFF, excellence in Jewish film is now right here in our community. The weeklong festival will showcase outstanding films – including numerous premieres — from Israel, France, Japan, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada, and the U.S. This is major undertaking has been possible because of tireless work and dedication of Levis JCC professional staff and a cadre of exceptional volunteers, patrons, and sponsors.

“The Festival’s mission 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,” said Ellen Safran, Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival Director. “We are thrilled to be the hub of Jewish film for one very special week in March.”


About the Levis JCC
The Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center is the cornerstone of the South Palm Beach County Jewish community and a place for thousands to connect each year. promotes and enhances Jewish culture, heritage and values through educational, spiritual, social, wellness and recreational programs for individuals of all ages. With a preschool, summer camp, family activities, athletics, cultural arts, adult enrichment and special needs programming, as well as a Thrift Shop for bargain hunters, the Levis JCC offers something for everyone. Learn more at

The mission of the Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center is to preserve, transmit and strengthen Jewish continuity by enriching personal, cultural, social and physical development. The Center shall foster leadership, enhance education, create a neighborhood of commonality for Jews of all beliefs, promote the welfare of the Jewish community and the community as a whole, and affirm the significance of the State of Israel.