Saratoga Jewish Cultural Festival sponsors films, film discussions, live performances, storytelling and other cultural events on Jewish and social justice topics. SJCF thanks the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York for its generous support and Temple Sinai of Saratoga Springs for its sponsorship. Click below to join our email list and receive information about our Summer 2024 programs. You can register for our summer programs below. Saratoga Jewish Community Arts (SJCA) resumes its programming in the fall.

I’d Like To Say Sorry, But There’s No One To Say Sorry To

June 27, 2024 at Temple Sinai, Saratoga Springs

Our summer festival kicks off with a live performance of vignettes from Mikolag Grynberg’s book of translated short stories, I’d Like To Say Sorry, But There’s No One To Say Sorry To.

Grynberg, a chronicler and eyewitness to Jewish experience in postwar Poland, expresses the anger, defiance, and sadness of those who have lived through the times and became the lightning rod for the shame, guilt, and resentment of those around them.

Register below. A $10 donation is requested at the door.

Albert Tapper’s Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

Panel Discussion on Zoom, July 18, 7 pm, 2024

Join our panelists on Zoom for a discussion of Albert Tapper’s documentary Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, an entertaining examination of the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical. The film blends cultural history with revealing perspectives on the origins and meanings of many beloved Broadway songs, stories and shows.

The 2013 film showcases the work of legends such as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim. Interviews with songwriters and luminaries including Sheldon Harnick, Stephen Schwartz, Harold Prince, Arthur Laurents, Charles Strouse, and Mel Brooks provide insight, alongside standout performances and archival footage.

The documentary is not currently streaming free or for rental, but used copies are available to buy on Ebay.

Tradition, Tradition: Jewish Storytelling

Presented Through Performance and Music

July 28, 2024, 7 pm,

Live at Congregation Beth Shalom, Clifton Park

Story and music have a long history in Jewish tradition from Biblical times forward.

This program offers an opportunity to spend an evening with talented storytellers, musicians and singers presenting an array of age-old Jewish themes to capture your mind, warm your heart and inspire your soul.

A $10 donation is requested at the door.

A Panel Discussion on Zoom of the film

Life is Beautiful

August 22, 2024, 7 pm on Zoom

Join our panel in a discussion on Zoom of Life is Beautiful by Roberto Benigni, the award-winning Holocaust film that elicits humor, poignancy, evil, and controversy.

While the movie softens the Holocaust slightly to make the humor possible, it is not primarily about Nazis and Fascists. It is about the human spirit, about rescuing whatever is good and hopeful from the wreckage of dreams. It is about hope for the future and the human conviction (or delusion) that things will be better for our children than they are today.

Life is Beautiful may rented to stream from Amazon, Apple, YouTube and other services.

A Panel Discussion on Zoom

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

September 8, 2024, 7 pm on Zoom

Join our panel to discuss The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, an award winning, highly acclaimed film drama that hauntingly covers the story of the American Experience from the Civil War to the civil rights movement, as told from the memories of a fictional 110-year-old former slave.

The film is available to stream free to subscribers of Kanopy, Peacock and Watch TCM, and can be rented from Amazon and other services.

All times are eastern.

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