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Reading Jewish Film Series Starts This Week

by Jewish Federation of Reading

Sep 16, 2019
Jewish Federation of Reading

Series opens at Fox East and continues at Fox Berkshire

Wyomissing, PA, September 12, 2019— The Jewish Federation of Reading announces the sixth annual Reading Jewish Film Series beginning Wednesday, September 18, at the Fox East theater and continuing at Fox Berkshire.  The Reading Jewish Film Series is co-sponsored by the Rubin Educational Fund of the Jewish Federation of Reading and Fox Theatres. Admission is $8 per film or $50 for the series of seven films or $6 per film and $35 for the series for JCC members.

The Reading Jewish Film Series kicks off at Fox East, 4350 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, Pa., on Wednesday, September 18, with the Israeli drama Shoelaces. The story follows a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs son, whom he abandoned while he was still a young boy. The film portrays a relationship full of love, rejection, and co-dependency and raises the questions of the importance of human life, human connection, and if life is even possible without either one of them.

Shoelaces was the winner of the audience award at Jewish Film Festivals in Baltimore, Seattle, Boston, Boca Raton, Atlanta and Los Angeles. The film was also Winner – Best Supporting Actor for Dov Glickman at the 2018 Ophir Awards (Israel’s Academy Awards). The film is in Hebrew with English subtitles.  It runs 90 minutes.

Tickets for Shoelaces can be purchased at Fox East beginning at 6:30 pm on the day of the screening, and series tickets can be bought at the Jewish Cultural Center, 1100 Berkshire Blvd. Suite 125, Wyomissing, PA 19610 or 610-921-0624. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. Tickets can also be purchased online at

Going forward, the six other films will be shown as part of the The Reading Jewish Film Series at Fox Berkshire, 800 Berkshire Blvd., Wyomissing:  

  • November 10, 2019, 3pm – Cojot, the rough-cut of the new American documentary about a Parisian banker who risks everything to hunt down Gestapo commander Klaus Barbie. Filmmaker and Penn State University professor Boaz Dvir will lead a post-film discussion. The screening is shown in partnership with Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom and Trinity Lutheran Church.
  • December 4, 2019, 7pm – The Keeper, a romantic drama telling the true story of Bert Trautmann, a German POW and footballer for the British team Manchester City.
  • January 8, 2020, 7pm – Carl Laemmle, the American documentary about the founder of Universal Pictures who saved Jewish families from Nazi Germany.
  • February 5, 2020, 7pm – The Interpreter, a Slovak/Czech/Austrian drama, about two men who take a road trip to make peace with their past.
  • March 4, 2020, 7pm – 93 Queen, an American documentary about the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City;
  • May 17, 2020, 7pm – Picture of His Life, a documentary about legendary underwater photographer Amos Nachoum and his quest for a photograph swimming with a polar bear. Filmmaker Dani Menkin will lead a post film discussion following the screening.

The Jewish Federation of Reading is the planning, coordinating and fundraising arm of the Jewish community. The Federation raises and allocates funds with The Jewish Federations of North America’s collective efforts in support of many vital national and international Jewish organizations. 

Wyomissing, Pennsylvania-based Fox Theatres was founded in 1957 by Richard Fox and continues to be family-owned.  Today Fox Theatres operates theaters in Reading, Pa., and Ocean City, Md..

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