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Film industry analyst Scott Feinberg and the JCC of Greater New Haven are pleased to offer a very special program to both JCC members and non-members.

Every other Thursday night from February 17 through May 26 at 7pm, we will screen an acclaimed film that poses a difficult moral question (scroll down for schedule) in the Vine Auditorium at the JCC (click here for directions). Then, Feinberg (click here for more about him) will moderate a discussion with a panel of locals with interesting perspectives on the subject (rabbis, priests, doctors, educators, etc.), and, in most cases a star, director, or producer of the screened film (several are Oscar nominees and/or winners).

The cost is $9 per screening (which can be paid at the door).

February 17
“A Serious Man” (2009)
A Jewish man always tries to do the right thing, but his personal and professional lives begin to collapse around him anyway.

Panel: Rev. Gregory Besek (Circle of the Sacred Earth Church), Rabbi Richard Eisenberg (Addictions Counselor, APT Foundation), and Sandra Stein (Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Yale University School of Medicine)
Special Guest: Fred Melamed (actor)

March 3
“Captain Abu Raed” (2008)
Children who dream of seeing the world mistake an old airport janitor for a pilot, and he assumes this false identity in order to encourage their aspirations.

Panel: Yaron Back (former Young Adult Division Director, Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven), Rabbi Shlomo Hecht (Chabad, University of Connecticut), Dr. Dan Oren (Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University)
Special Guest: David Pritchard (producer)

March 17
“Jesus Camp” (2006)
A passionate Evangelical woman starts a summer camp for young Evangelical kids, educating — or some would say indoctrinating — them with social and political ideology in creative — or some would say disturbing — ways.

Panel: Dr. Harvey Kliman (Director, Yale Reproductive & Placental Research Unit), Sarah Koenig (Ph.D. candidate in Religious Studies and U.S. History, Yale University), and Rich Walter (Director, Center for Jewish Life & Learning at the Jewish Community Center and Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven)
Special Guest: Rachel Grady (Oscar-nominated co-director)

March 31
“Nothing But the Truth” (2008)
A reporter who wrote a story in which she “outed” a covert CIA agent is threatened with severe consequences unless she reveals her source, but — at great personal and professional cost — refuses to do so.

Panel: Terri Miles (Editor, Orange Patch) and Rabbi Shua Rosenstein (Chabad, Yale University)
Special Guest: Rod Lurie (screenwriter/director)

April 14
“Gone Baby Gone” (2007)
A young girl goes missing from a hardscrabble neighborhood, and the detective who takes on the case begins to realize that the culprit may not be any one individual as much as a pattern that at times seems to be unbreakable.

Panel: Daisy Abreu (Deputy Director, New Haven Green), Dr. Edward Goldstone (Principal, Amity High School–retired), Cantor Joshua Konigsberg (Congregation B’Nai Jacob)
Special Guest: Amy Ryan (Oscar-nominated actress)

April 28
“Frozen River” (2008)
A woman whose husband has run off with their savings and left her to care for their two young kids takes on a second job that pays well — but is highly illegal — in order to keep paying the bills.

Panel: Rabbi Herbert Brockman (Congregation Mishkan Israel, Hamden), Harriet Cooper (Real Estate Broker, Coldwell Banker), and Janet Rosier (Independent Educational Consultant, Janet Rosier’s Educational Resources)
Special Guest: Melissa Leo (Oscar-winning actress)

May 12
“Doubt” (2008)
A nun doggedly pursues a priest who she believes has committed a serious offense against a child, but he insists that he has done nothing of the kind, and the situation builds to a boiling point.

Panel: Rev. Patricia Gallagher (Chaplain, Vitas Hospice of Stratford), Helen Bennett-Harvey (State & City Editor, New Haven Register), and Rabbi Joel Levenson (Congregation B’Nai Jacob, Woodbridge)
Special Guest: Joseph Foster (actor)

May 26
“The Candidate” (1972)
A political novice enters a race for the United States Senate with hope and idealism, but becomes increasingly jaded — and to an extent corrupted — by the political process as the election nears.

Panel: John Courtmanche (Principal, Wilbur Cross High School–retired), Sydney Perry (CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven), and Ron Sheps (Director of Public Sector Programs, Westcon Group)
Special Guest: Jeremy Larner (Oscar-winning screenwriter/director)

In the event of inclement weather on the night of a screening, check this site to see if it has been postponed — a final decision will be posted no later than 6pm.