201503TinghirTinghir-Jerusalem: Echoes From the Mellah

Presented by Toronto Jewish Film Society

Sunday, March 29 – 4:00pm & 7:30 pm

France / Morocco, 2013, Kamal Hachkar director, 86 minutes

Guest Speaker: Yigal S. Nizri

Director Kamal Hachkar in attendance

Curious about the Jewish Berbers who used to live in his Moroccan village, and wondering why they left, historian and filmmaker Kamal Hachkar heads off to Israel and Morocco to solve the mystery. A fascinating examination of a little known facet of Jewish history, Tinghir-Jerusalem will astound you.

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201504SpurSpur Festival 2015

Presented by: Spur Festival

Saturday, April 11 - 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm & 8:00pm


Spur is Canada’s national festival of politics, art and ideas offering an eclectic mix of events including discussions, panels, author readings, performances and more to spur its participants to action on issues affecting Canadians.

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201504AlexanderSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Presented by: Alexander Showcase Theatre in partnership with the Al Green Theatre.

Thursday, April 30 - 7:30pm

Friday, May 1 - 7:30pm
Saturday, May 2 - 7:30pm
Sunday, May 3 - 2:00pm

Wednesday, May 6 - 7:30pm
Thursday, May 7 - 7:30pm
Friday, May 8 - 7:30pm
Saturday, May 9 - 7:30pm
Sunday, May 10 - 2:00pm

‘Ow about a shave?
Stephen Sondheim’s devilishly hilarious masterpiece, Sweeney Todd, winner of 8 Tony Awards including “Best Musical”, tells the story of a man accused of a crime he didn’t commit, who is sentenced to 15 years while his wife and daughter are taken from him by the very man who wronged him.

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201505StageDoorThe Stage Door Academy Annual Recital

Presented by: The Stage Door Academy

Monday, May 11th - 7:00pm

The Stage Door Academy students hit the stage for their finale production of the 2014/2015 season. Join us in celebrating all our talented students have accomplished this year in class, and be entertained by an evening of song, dance and inspiring performance.

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Dance Performance with InDance plus Three World Authors

Presented By: Toronto Festival of Literature and the Arts 2015

Saturday, May 16 - 7:00pm

“The Book of Sandalwood” dance performance by InDance with Hari Krishnan (especially choreographed for FSALA15), plus Three World Authors: Tololwa Mollel, Jose Dalisay, and Elizabeth Nunez

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201506KolNidreKol Nidre with 70 Hester Street

Co-presented by Toronto Jewish Film Society and The Yiddish Vinkl Toronto

Sunday, June 7 – 4:00pm & 7:30 pm

Kol Nidre: USA, 1939, Joseph Seiden director, 88 minutes

70 Hester Street: USA, 2014, Casimir Nozkowski director, 11 minutes

Guest Speaker: Author Shirley Kumove

Joseph Seiden’s long-lost Kol Nidre offers an unparalleled glimpse into the diversity of life, culture, and language of Yiddish New York in the 1930s. Part musical and part melodrama, the film is delightful, comically dark, and unforgettable.Newly restored by the National Center for Jewish Film. 70 Hester Street is director Nozkowski’s heartfelt tribute to his childhood home, a former Lower East Side synagogue.

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201509BroadwayBroadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

Presented by Toronto Jewish Film Society

Sunday, September 20 – 4:00pm & 7:30 pm

USA, 2013, Michael Kantor director, 90 minutes

Guest Speaker: Writer/Performer David Gale

During the Golden Age of Broadway, Jewish composers and lyricists like Lerner & Loewe, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Irving Berlin dominated the field. How did a small group of Jewish creative minds have such an impact on the American Songbook? Narrator Joel Grey takes us on a delightful musical journey in this entertaining documentary.

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201510FlatThe Flat

Presented by Toronto Jewish Film Society

Sunday, October 18 – 4:00pm & 7:30 pm

Germany / Israel, 2011, Arnon Goldfinger director, 98 minutes

Guest Speaker: Critic Shlomo Schwartzberg

Once again, truth is revealed to be stranger than fiction. When filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger’s grandmother passes away and his family comes to clean out her apartment, a fascinating but disturbing secret from the past is revealed. A provocative look at memory, denial and the uneasy co-existence between Jews and Germans.

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Co-presented by Toronto Jewish Film Society and Holocaust Education Week

Sunday November 8 – 4:00pm & 7:30 pm

Germany, 2010, Marcus O. Rosenmüller director, 96 minutes

Guest Speaker: Author Bernice Eisenstein

The moving story of three musical prodigies - two Jewish and one German - set in 1941, during the Nazi invasion of Poltava/Ukraine. In a war-torn, grown-up world gone mad, the three children provide the light of music and, ultimately, salvation. Sensitive and beautifully made, Wunderkinder will stir your heart.

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201512MetallicMetallic Blues

Presented by Toronto Jewish Film Society

Sunday, December 13 – 4:00pm & 7:30 pm


Canada/ Germany / Israel, 2004, Dan Verete director, 90 minutes

Guest Speaker: Critic Mark Clamen

Two Israeli car salesmen, one Ashkenazi and one Sephardi, travel to Germany to sell a vintage car. They expect to score big but things don’t turn out as planned. A comedy/drama about today’s Germany, Metallic Blues explores the type of Holocaust memories that many modern Jews carry.

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