GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II


Opening Night Film

Date: Monday, April 9, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Prince Theater

Director: Lisa Ades
: Documentary Feature
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Running Time: 1 hr 28 min
Language: English

Sponsored by: The Fischer family in honor of Irving Fischer; Judy and Bud Newman

General Admission: $20 (*includes post-film reception)

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Nearly 550,000 Jewish American men and women risked their lives to fight against fascism, bigotry, and intolerance during World War II. GI JEWS: JEWISH AMERICANS IN WORLD WAR II tells the story of these courageous veterans in their own words. From famous personalities like director Mel Brooks and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to unknown servicemen like Alan Moskin and Eliot Herman, director Lisa Ades pulls together a fascinating collection of voices.

The story behind the 10,000 Jewish women who volunteered to fill important administrative and nursing roles in the US Army, Navy, and Air Force is particularly enthralling. Defying their parents’ warning that the military was “no life for a nice Jewish girl,” these servicewomen were just as determined as their male counterparts to free their European brethren from religious persecution and annihilation. For American Jews, WWII was more than just a war. It was about Jewish integration into the American fabric, preserving the democratic ideals they held so dear, and putting an end to the bloodshed of their people.

When the war ended, our nation’s Jewish servicemen and women emerged transformed, more powerfully American and deeply connected to their Jewish roots. Many returned more resolute than ever to continue the fight for equality and religious tolerance at home. The extraordinary experiences of these brave Americans are the heart of PJFF’s CineMondays 2018 Opening Night film.

Special Guests:

  • Lisa Ades | Director of GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II
  • May Brill | Senior Vice Commander of the Jewish War Veterans Post 126 and Chairperson for the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home
  • Deborah Dash Moore | Author of GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation (2004)


For Fans of:

  • American history
  • Carl Reiner
  • Documentaries
  • Henry Kissinger
  • J.D. Salinger
  • Joseph Heller
  • Mel Brooks
  • War heroes
  • World War II history

Official Selection:

  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
  • Miami Jewish Film Festival
  • Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival

Community Partners:​

Arcadia University Media and Communication Department

Arcadia University Modern Languages and Cultures Program

Delaware Valley Veterans’ Home

Drexel University Co-Op Theatre Company

Fegelson – Young – Feinberg Post 697 Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.


Philadelphia Theatre Company

Temple University Department of History

Temple University Jewish Studies Program

UArts Student Affairs

UArts Film & Video