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.