Shared Stories: The Intersection of Black and Jewish Experiences in America

Monday Nights, July 13 – August 3

Today, we live in a rare moment – a moment where transformation is possible and we, as a people, are capable of changing history! We can all agree that the last few weeks have been difficult for everyone – for some, more than others. As we continue to navigate our differences, share our experiences, ask questions, and educate ourselves, we must remember it is up to us – as citizens of these united states – to be the change we want to see. It is our responsibility to create a just and equal society because no one is going to do that for us.

The staff at GPJFF hopes that SHARED STORIES: THE INTERSECTION OF BLACK AND JEWISH EXPERIENCES IN AMERICA will inspire dialogue and meaningful conversations, increase empathy and understanding, encourage further learning, and spur one to take action in whatever way feels right to them. We invite you to join us on Monday, July 13 for the Philadelphia Premiere of THEY AIN’T READY FOR ME and continue to tune in each consecutive Monday night through August 3. While each of these films is extraordinary in and of itself, we hope you will choose to join us for the entire length of the journey.

See the Full Line-Up Here!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Picture of His Life

Coming Virtually Beginning June 19!

Experience the wonder of the Canadian arctic without leaving your living room. Beginning Friday, June 19, enjoy GPJFF’s 2019 Opening Night film from your own home! Part of the proceeds go towards the festival!

Moving and fantastically filmed, this festival favorite follows world-renowned Israeli wildlife photographer Amos Nachoum as he gears up for the most challenging expedition of his career: photographing a polar bear in his natural habitat…underwater in the Canadian Arctic.

GPJFF opened the 39th Festival with this breathtaking film last November at the Philadelphia Film Center with co-director, Yonatan Nir. If you weren’t able to attend, we highly recommend this!

The minimum price is $9.99 for 3 days, but you can pay what you want!

Click Here to Pre-Order the Film

Friday, June 12, 2020

Like many film festivals, film institutions, and Jewish cultural organizations across the globe, the Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival was forced to cancel or postpone this season’s remaining public screenings and events due to COVID-19.

That doesn’t mean, however, that the GPJFF staff can’t find new and creative ways to keep you engaged while homebound! Each week, visit our Facebook and YouTube pages to find the latest episodes of all our new GPJFF web series. We want you to know that we are here for you. And, hey, if we do succeed to get your mind off your worries for a little while, that’ll make our day!

Our web series include:

    • Let’s get creative! In MAKE IT MONDAYS, Olivia Antsis, GPJFF Executive Artistic Director, uses popular Jewish movies and TV shows as inspiration for making things like special dishes, homemade books, holiday gifts and more. Every other Monday at 6 PM
    • Kristen Evans, Executive Managing Director, takes on different Jewish and “Jew-ish” films from decades past through a personal lens. Every other Tuesday at 6 PM
    • Ainyae Stratton, Development and Administrative Coordinator of GPJFF, is not only a lover of film festivals but also an aspiring actress and has made it her mission to showcase her talents each week for the enjoyment of audiences everywhere. Join her every Wednesday for a new episode of WORK IT WEDNESDAYS WITH YAE where she tackles new exciting “Jew-ish” inspired monologues. Every Wednesday at 10 AM
    • Matt Bussy, Festival Manager of GPJFF, is converting to Judaism and has made it his mission to cook more Jewish cuisine. Join him every Friday for new episodes of FEED YOUR FACE FRIDAYS!, a comical web series where he embarks on new adventures in Jewish cooking. Every Friday at 10 AM

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Watch GPJFF Favorites from Your Own Home!

If there’s one benefit to having to stay at home during this critical time, it’s that you get to catch up on the best in Jewish films!

Menemsha Films, one of the top distributors in international Jewish cinema, is offering heavily discounted prices for their selection of films on VOD (Video On Demand) services, including iTunes and Amazon Prime Video. MANY of our past alumni films, including numerous Audience Award winners, were distributed by Menemsha. FANNY’S JOURNEYTHE WOMEN’S BALCONYIN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINEDOUGH. And so many more!

This limited-time offer is happening now! You can rent a majority of their films for as little as 99¢! 

For more info, visit

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

7th Annual Lindy CineMondays Series

NEW DATE: Summer 2020

As you know, the COVID-19 virus has transitioned to a global pandemic and the CDC has recommended that the practice of “social distancing” be adopted as a safety measure. Since your safety and health are always of the utmost importance to us, like many Philadelphia arts and culture organizations, the Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival is taking every precautionary measure to slow the spread of the virus.

With much sadness, it pains us to announce that Lindy CineMondays, originally scheduled for March 30 – May 11, is OFFICIALLY POSTPONED TO AN UNDISCLOSED DATE. New potential dates are currently being selected and we will have more news for you in the days to come. If you have already purchased tickets or an All-Access Pass for CineMondays and are unable to attend the new screening dates that will be announced, you may contact us for a refund or a credit towards a future film event. You may also choose to donate the value of your ticket as a donation to the organization.

Festival Plus! (out-of-festival) programs will also resume after July 2020.

We look forward to continuing this incredible festival in the months to come and can’t wait to celebrate our 40th Anniversary Season with you beginning this November!

Thursday, March 12, 2020