Volume 2 is dedicated to our friends, family and filmmakers in New York
Dear JFI Friends and Family,
Nothing brings people together like food and in these tough days of social distancing some of us crave it more than ever.
In this week’s specially curated program we explore the ritual of not only sharing a good meal, but meet the creators behind two legendary Jewish food institutions in New York and visit a third in Montreal.
Break out your grandmother’s recipe book and prepare yourself a great homemade meal, then have your seconds (or a nosh) with JFI in our program entitled “Food, Glorious Food!”
So sit back, relax and enjoy Cinegogue Sessions Vol. 2.
Jay Rosenblatt, Program Director
Joshua Moore, Programmer
Margherita Ghetti, Next Wave Programmer
Whet your Cinegogue Sessions Appetite with this delectable Lox n’ Bagel video from the legendary Russ & Daughters in New York!
What do Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Morley Safer have in common? They each are passionate about their love for the smoked fish at Russ & Daughters, the venerable NYC establishment that has been around for over 100 years. In Sturgeon Queens (SFJFF 2014) director Julie Cohen crafts an endearing, humorous, and mouthwatering documentary where we meet the delightful 100-year-old and 92-year-old daughters of the store’s name and the sturgeon queens of the title.
We all love a good rags-to-riches story. Famous Nathan (SFJFF 2015) tells the remarkable story of Nathan Handwerker, who emigrated from Poland to the US as a 22-year-old in 1912, unable to read or write a word of English. Four years later, Nathan was selling franks on Coney Island for five cents a piece, and the combination of quality and affordability soon made Nathan’s Famous a household phrase in New York and later the world. Famous Nathan is a quintessentially American tale of food, family and faith.
In the hilarious hit web series and JFI Online Short YidLife Crisis: Autonuerotic, we find our favorite Yiddish speaking duo Chaimie and Leizer racing home as the sundown on the Sabbath approaches.. Featuring a very special appearance by babka, Jews, and (non-German) cars.