Founded in 2011, the Michiana Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) has been a growing success in the community. Through its partnership with the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and the University of Notre Dame, the Jewish Federation brings superb, and sometimes cutting edge and controversial, Jewish-themed cinema to the greater Michiana community.


Due to our continued success, many of our films sell out, filling the Browning Cinema’s 212 seats. Please purchase tickets in advance at the DeBartolo Box-office to avoid missing out.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the Michiana Jewish Film Festival please contact The Jewish Federation by email or by calling 574-233-1164.


Become a Sponsor!

We can accept sponsorships year round! Whether you want to make a personal donation or underwrite a night of the festival with your buisness logo, please feel free to contact us for more information. 

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2021 year, please contact the Federation 
by calling 574-233-1164.

Come for the films, stay for the excitement.

Schedule for the 2020 Film Festival

Monday's Films

Monday, May 11 — Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles  (92 minutes)

    One of Broadway's most beloved and long-running musicals, Fiddler on the Roof’s creative roots and cultural impact are celebrated in this joyous documentary. Created in 1960s New York, a time when ‘tradition’ was on the wane, as gender roles, sexuality, race relations and religion were evolving, Fiddler on The Roof is at once ancient and timeless, personal and universal. 
    Max Lewkowicz's captivating film is full of insightful interviews with the musical's creators, performance clips from productions around the world and lively commentary from admirers like Stephen Sondheim and Itzhak Perlman. This heartwarming dedication to the musical phenomenon will have you cheering l'chaim from your seats.
Recommended for all audiences. Click here to view trailer.

Monday, May 11 — Standing Up, Falling Down  (91 minutes)

This heartwarming story about family, homecoming and the elusive nature of adulthood stars Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation) as Scott, an aspiring comedian who has reluctantly moved back home after failing to hit the big time in Los Angeles. Lonely and bereft, he strikes up an unexpected friendship with his aging dermatologist (Billy Crystal). The comedic icon all but steals the movie with his understated performance; the authentic connection between the costars gives the film its unexpected resonance.
Recommended for mature audiences (language). Click here to view trailer.

Tuesday, May 12 —​ Crescendo (102 minutes)

Renowned conductor Eduard Sporck is to rehearse an orchestra performance with Israeli and Palestinian youths as a symbol of rapprochement in the peace negotiations. But can music transcend borders? The most varied voices from the ensemble are heard in this feature film, which intensifies in a slow, steady crescendo toward its moving finale. An impressive cast of Israeli and Palestinian non-actors, led by veteran Peter Simonischek, lends authenticity to this powerful drama, loosely inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West–Eastern Divan Orchestra.
Recommended for mature audiences (language). Click here to view trailer.

Tuesday, May 12 —​ The Rabbi from Hezbollah (64 minutes)

Ibrahim Yassin was born in a small village in Lebanon and was destined to follow in his father's footsteps as a farmer and shepherd, but fate had something else in store. As the course of his life turns against him, death becomes his only wish. But just when it seems as if the story's over, a new one begins that sounds like a work of suspense fiction, placing Yassin at the heart of some of the most daring, dangerous and secret operations Israel attempted in Lebanon in the 1980s and '90s. When once again the earth trembles beneath his feet, he is forced to start all over again. The film sketches an intimate portrait of a man who through tribulations, coincidence and choice became one of Israel's leading spies.
Recommended for mature audiences. Click here to view trailer.

Wednesday, May 13 — My Name is Sara  (111 minutes)


My Name is Sara tells the true story of Sara Guralnick, a 13 year-old Polish Jew whose entire family was killed by the Nazis in September of 1942. After a grueling escape to the Ukrainian countryside, Sara steals her Christian best friend's identity and finds refuge in a small village where she is taken in by a farmer and his young wife. She soon discovers the dark secrets of her employers' marriage, compounding the greatest secret she must strive to protect, her true identity.
Recommended for mature audiences. Click here to view trailer.


Thursday, May 14 — Shared Legacies: African American-Jewish Civil Rights Alliance   (95 minutes)


The crucial historical lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation are revisited and revived in this utterly fascinating, urgent call to action. Pivotal events come alive through a treasure trove of archival materials, narrated by eyewitnesses, activists, Holocaust survivors, and leaders of the movement, including prominent figures such as Congressman John Lewis, Amb. Andrew Young, Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, Rabbi Peter S. Berg, Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr., members of the King family, and many others.
Recommended for all audiences. Click here to see a trailer from the world premier at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.

Thursday, May 14, 7:30 PM — Shared Legacies: A Panel Discussion (one hour)

Join us for an informative webinar on the documentary Shared Legacies. Some of our panelists include,

  • Barbara Leman, Chair of Community Relations Committee
  • Michael and Tina Patton, Pastors of Kingdom Life Christian Cathedral
  • Darryl Heller, Director of The Civil Rights Heritage Center
  • Professor Tzvi Novick, Abrams Jewish Thought and Culture Associate Professor of Theology at The University of Notre Dame and
  • Marzy Bauer, Tzedek Seekers of Temple Beth-El
  • Ricky Herbst, Cinema Program Director for the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center - Moderator

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2020 Sponsors
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Cari & Barry Shein

Executive Producer

Donna & Mark Richter


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Sandy & Doug Barton
Nana & Gary Fromm
The Frank & Freel Families
Mirkin Law Offices
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Nancy & Ron Cohen
Rabbi Karen Companez & Howard Steinberger
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Margie & Paul Goldwin
Bonny & Todd Hoover
Freddy Lerman & Family
Jo-Anne & Bill Lopatin
Laurie & Alex Martin
Mary & Dr. James Reidy
Pam Rubenstein
South Bend Monument Works

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Sarah Anne Anes
Emily Benedix
Francie & Ben Davis
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Amanda & Rowan Kelley
Megan & Dan New
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Dr. Ilene & Rick Sheffer
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F: 9:00am - 5:00pm Daylight Savings     
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Sat: Closed

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