East Bay International Jewish Film Festival

Bay Area Premiere

Screening of The Return
Wednesday, November 18, 7:30 PM
JCC of the East Bay

Join us for the Bay Area premiere of The Return and learn about the exciting April 2015 Community trip to Poland and Israel

The Return
2014, 83 minutes, Polish, English, Hebrew with subtitles

Before World War Two, Poland’s 3.5 million Jews made the country the epicenter of the Jewish world. Today less than 20,000 Jews live there. Due to the Holocaust and ensuing Soviet era, many of Poland’s remaining Jews hid their identity from their children. With the fall of Communism in 1989 a young generation of Jews began learning their long-buried ancestry.

This moving documentary focuses on Kasia, Tusia, Maria and Katka, who are representative of a tiny but growing sector of young Poles. Many of these “new Jews” were raised Catholic and only found out in their teens they were in fact Jewish. The film tracks their journeys over a four-year period, leading to five cities, three continents, two weddings, two babies, a new citizenship and a conversion. Taken together these storylines create a rich tapestry of people struggling to answer the core question: What does it really mean to be Jewish? In fact, what does it mean to be a part of any human “tribe”?

Admission is free. For more information about this screening and the 2015 Community Trip: 510.809.4953, riva@jfed.org or jfed.org/israel2015.

Presented by the JCC of the East Bay and the Jewish Federation of the East Bay.

Our 20th year begins on March 7, 2015. Details of our exciting cinematic line-up to follow. For more information on getting a pass or sponsorship: 510.809.4953.