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Jewish and Israeli Film Festival: Paddle for Life & The Holy Closet [Virtual Screening]

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Paddling for Life | Documentary Short

This documentary is the story of the Pink Lionesses, Israel, a unique women's sports group, consisting of breast cancer survivors, that paddle on Dragon Boats, on the Sea of Galilee in Northern Israel. Their common goal is to recover, recuperate and combat their cancer. They have chosen optimism, action, caring for themselves despite the intense difficulties and fear they must rise from.

The Holy Closet | Documentary Feature

What does the wedding ceremony of two religious Jewish gay men look like? Or the pregnancy of a trans religious man? These are the stories of LGBTQ people who chose to remain religious Jews and to build their lives, relationships, families, and everyday activities according to the Jewish religion.

The Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival presents a diverse, inspiring lineup of award-winning films and engaging, educational programming that connects to Jewish and Israeli stories. To see the whole 2024 lineup click here.

English Speaking

Hebrew Speaking

Closed Captions

How to participate

Online event

Virtual film showings and companion special features have 48-hour watch availability. Please note the specific geographic regions in which each virtual film is available.


3 Ways to See the Festival


Admission for one to all Festival events, including in-person and virtual offerings, opening and closing nights.

Limited passes available! Additional processing fees apply. Click here to purchase


We sell individual tickets to all film screenings.

Ticket includes access to the companion special feature, if scheduled. Additional processing fees apply. Click here to browse and purchase


For patrons who would like to participate in virtual speaker events only, we sell standalone tickets to the companion virtual special feature events. Click here to browse and purchase


General update

Film Festival ticket sales, as well as virtual content, will take place on the Eventive platform. If you have attended past Film Festivals or already have an Eventive account, you will be prompted to login; if you are new to Eventive, please create an account.

Additional help and FAQs about the festival and Eventive can be found HERE. You can also visit watch.eventive.org/help for technical information and support, available 9am – 3am ET, 7 days a week, through Live Chat. 

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Arts & Ideas | Mayerson JCC
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Wyn Garfinkle

  • Wed, Feb 14 - Fri, 16
  • 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM EST
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