With generous support from the Bernard Osher Foundation, the Jewish Film Institute’s Mitzvah Series was inaugurated in 2007 to take our Festival programming “on the road” to senior centers and homes where residents are less mobile and often cannot attend our regular in-theatre programs. JFI ensures that our specially curated film programming reaches the broadest possible audience. The program is provided at no charge to Bay Area senior centers and nursing homes whose residents do not otherwise have access to independent Jewish-themed films and discussions. Program activities include post-screening discussions between seniors and JFI staff members about issues relevant to our attendees. JFI’s collaboration with senior agencies have included the Reutlinger Center for Jewish Living, Rhoda Goldman Plaza and the Oshman Family JCC of Palo Alto.

Free matinee screenings for seniors in the community are also regularly presented at the annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. Selected highlights include; SFJFF34’s Regina, which reconstructs the life of Regina Jones, the world’s first female rabbi, from the only surviving photo of her, SFJFF33’s Neil Diamond: Solitary Man which chronicles the life of the famed singer-songwriter and SFJFF32’s God’s Fiddler about Jascha Heifetz, the Russian-Jewish violinist who rose to world fame in the early 20th century.

"The Mitzvah Series has been a real gift to our community! Many of our residents are not able to go out to movies and having the ability to see what is happening in the Jewish community and within Jewish film. These screenings keep them active and engaged. We are thankful for the diversity of film you were able to show us with the Mitzvah Series and the discussions it encouraged as well. Thank You!"

− Alisa Berkowitz, Director of Therapeutic Programming, Rhoda Goldman Plaza

Support for this program and for free matinees at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is generously provided by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

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The Jewish Film Institute is committed to providing the widest possible audience with the opportunity to experience our programming. To request that a Mitzvah Series program be brought to your institution, to coordinate a trip for your residents to the Festival, or to learn more about the requirements for screening, please contact us at community@jfi.org.