Published On: Thu, Mar 2nd, 2023

The Judy Levis Krug Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival opens March 5

By Dale King

The Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center announces that its Judy Levis Krug Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival, a multi-access event, begins March 5 and continues through March 26.

The JLKBRJFF, considered one of the largest and longest Jewish/Israeli film festivals in the country, will feature more than 80 in-theater feature-length films, documentaries, shorts, special guest appearances and more. In-theater films will be shown at the Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton, Movies of Delray and in the  Beifield Auditorium located at the Levis JCC’s Sandler Center.

The three-week festival opened with a “Cinebash” Feb. 28 at The Polo Club of Boca Raton and featured award-winning author and historian Dr. Robert Watson. He presented an episode from the U.S. premiere of the all-new TV Series Forgotten Frontlines: The Nazi Titanic. He shared the story of how one of the most opulent ships ever built became a propagandic coup, a transport vessel, and eventually a concentration camp. 

The Palm Beach County premiere of Perfect Strangers will be featured at the Judy Levis Krug Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival in Boca Raton and Delray Beach. (Courtesy of Judy Levis Krug Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival)

With more than 25 countries represented, 41 dramas, 27 documentaries and 17 shorts, JLKBRJFF is poised to attract upwards of 3,000 attendees and has become a highly anticipated event for film enthusiasts throughout Palm Beach County.

“This year’s festival reflects storytelling at its finest,” said Wendy Honig, JLKBRJFF artistic director. “With themes ranging from survival and resilience to art history, culture and romance, we are excited to offer such a wide array of films guided by the Jewish experience.”  

“With the loyal support of Levis JCC Grand Benefactor Judy Levis Krug, our incredible screening committee and a strong collaboration with our film partners, we are proud to once again present our community with a premier cinematic experience,” said Lesley Rich, JLKBRJFF program director.

With more than 80 screenings to choose from, several not-to-be missed films include:

  • The Rothschild Saga: Rise, Riches, Repercussions shares the history of Mayer Amschel Rothschild, a name synonymous with banking and the fate of many wealthy Jewish families before World War II. Under the Nazis, however, the Rothschilds became the target of anti-Semitic propaganda, and to this day anti-Semitic conspiracy theories are sparked by the name “Rothschild.” (Austria, Short Film, Palm Beach County Premiere).
  • Matchmakingan entertaining and good-hearted romantic comedy that gives a light Orthodox twist to “Romeo and Juliet.” (Israel).
  • Perfect Strangers, a story of seven friends who attend a dinner and decide to play a game with their cell phones. Unfortunately, the game ends in disaster when their darkest secrets are revealed. (Israel, Palm Beach County Premiere)
  • The Accusation, a timely and thought-provoking #MeToo drama exploring the dark side of human behavior. (France, Palm Beach County Premiere).
  • Indigo, a Kosher certified film by the Orthodox communities of Beit Shemesh and B’nai Brak, is an all-women film that is a cross between Cinderella and Downton Abbey. (Israel, North American Premiere).
  • The Path is a thrill-a-minute family drama that follows two children, a journalist father, and a dog as they flee from the Nazis and must make their way through the hazardous Pyrenees on their expedition to New York City.  (Germany, North American Premiere)
  • Modigliani and His SecretsModigliani’s work is among the most recognizable in modern art, but little is known about the man himself. Based on an ongoing scientific study, the film reveals the secrets behind the myths surrounding this Bohemian artist. (France, Documentary, U.S. Premiere)

Other important international, world, U.S. and North American Premieres being shown during JLKBRJFF include Baltic Truth, a film by Dudu Fisher; LGBTQ short film Sin and Repent; Yiddish film Shttl; and romantic comedy Marrying Myself, among many others. 

A full program guide including dates, showtimes, trailers, a synopsis of each film and special events are available on In person and virtual film packages and festival passes are also available for purchase online and range from $59 to $540. As a bonus, all pass holders will receive access to “A Day of Shorts” program for free. All films can be enjoyed for up to 72 hours after its scheduled time and can be viewed on various platforms by downloading the Eventive TV app which is available on Apple TV, Roku, Firestick and Chromecast, among others. 

For more information, contact Lisa Barash at or call 561-558-2514. The Levis JCC is located at 21050 95th Avenue S. in Boca Raton. 

The mission of the Judy Levis Krug 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. 

Due to the generous support from donors Billi & Bernie Marcus, the Festival has been able to expand, offering year-round Jewish-themed film programming.

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