Festival Showcases Jewish Films

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EUGENE, Ore. — A local nonprofit is starting up a film festival this weekend.

Jewish Events Willamette-valley, or JEW, is an organization dedicated to building Jewish community, pride and learning.

This year it teamed up with the Bijou to show a film with some sort of Jewish aspect once a month for a year. The organizer says he was inspired by a rabbi who played the movie “Get Low,” which wasn’t necessarily Jewish but shared some key Jewish themes.

“So I said, ‘You know, this is an idea. How about showing other Jewish movies as a way of introducing the culture to Jews and to non-Jews as well. So that’s how the idea got started,” said Shmuel Shalom Cohen, JEW Executive Director.

A discussion will follow each movie.

The first film, an Israeli film called “Fill the Void,” will be shown Sunday, July 14 at 2 p.m. at the Bijou Metro in downtown Eugene.

Click here for more information on the Eugene Jewish Film Festival.

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