Barrymore Film Center announces 2024 Jewish Film Festival

Barrymore Film Center announces 2024 Jewish Film Festival

The Barrymore Film Center (BFC) in Fort Lee will present the 2024 Jewish Film Festival June 6-10. Film programmer and writer David Schwartz has curated the films for the festival and will be on hand to moderate screenings and discussions.

Schwartz is the curator-at-large for the Museum of the Moving Image, has taught film history at New York University and Purchase College-SUNY, and has programmed and managed the Paris Theater in New York City.

The festival will kick off Thursday, June 6, at 7 p.m. with the documentary “I Like It Here,” with special guest, director Ralph Arlyck. The newly restored version of the 1975 film “Hester Street” will screen on Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. The Saturday, June 8, lineup includes “The Plot Against Harry” (12:30 p.m.); “We Were So Beloved” (3 p.m.); and “The Ancient Law,” the fully restored 1923 silent film, (7:45 p.m.), featuring live accompaniment by Donald Sosin and Alicia Svigal. On Sunday, June 9, “The Other Widow” will be shown at 12:30 p.m. and “SHTTL” at 2:30 p.m., with special guest Moshe Lobel, lead actor in the film. The festival ends on Monday, June 10, with “The Goldman Case” at 7:30 p.m.

Festival sponsors Edwin and Doris Cohen are longtime residents of Fort Lee and lifetime supporters of the arts, including as founding trustees of the Friends of Barrymore Film Center. They subsidized and supported performers during the Covid pandemic to enable them to continue working via streaming platforms. Doris has been a judge and committee member of the BFC’s Short Film Festival since its inception in 2021. The Cohens are members of The New Synagogue of Fort Lee, and Ed was instrumental in the merger with Congregation Beth Israel of the Palisades, now housed in the New Synagogue temple.

The Barrymore Film Center is a not-for-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to presenting classic films and documentaries, promoting 21st-century filmmaking through the prism of Fort Lee’s role as the “Birthplace of the American Motion Picture Industry.”

To buy tickets, go to or visit the box office at 153 Main Street in Fort Lee.

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