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 2020 year, please take a look at our Sponsorship Form, complete the process online,
or contact the Federation by calling 574-233-1164. (Note that the form is a fillable pdf file, but may not appear fillable on some browsers.
If you are unable to fill out the form online, you can download it and fill it in offline.

Come for the films, stay for the company.

...And maybe dinner!

There will be time between the 5:30 and 8:00 PM screenings to enjoy dinner with your fellow film patrons. Bring your own bagged dinner or if you would like, take advantage of the dinner through Legends of Notre Dame!  This information will be updated (including a menu) as we get to the festival

Availability of kosher meal options has yet to be determined. This information will be updated closer to the festival.

Schedule for the 2020 Film Festival

Monday Evening's Films — Sponsored by Merrill a Bank of America Company - Kahn, Ruthrauff & Associates

Monday, May 11, 5:30 PM — Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles  (92 minutes)

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    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.

Monday, May 11, 8:00 PM — Standing Up, Falling Down  (91 minutes)

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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.

Tuesday Evening's Films — Sponsored by the WNIT & the Kurt & Tessye Simon Fund for Holocaust Remembrance

Tuesday, May 12, 5:30 PM —​ The Spy Behind Home Plate (Sponsored by WNIT) (98 minutes)

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The Spy Behind Home Plate is the first feature-length documentary to tell the real story of Morris "Moe" Berg, the enigmatic and brilliant Jewish baseball player turned spy. Berg caught and fielded in the major leagues during baseball's Golden Age in the 1920s and 1930s. But very few people know that Berg also worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), spying in Europe and playing a prominent role in America's efforts to undermine the German atomic bomb program during WWII.

Tuesday, May 12, 8:00 PM — Four Winters: A Story of Jewish Partisan Resistance and Bravery in WWII (Sponsored by the Kurt & Tessye Simon Fund for Holocaust Remembrance)  (90 minutes)

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 Although the Nazis seized and killed millions of Jews during World War II, they failed to capture an estimated 25,000 who escaped into the forests of Eastern Europe. Instead of simply hiding, these young men and women - many of them teenagers -- banded together to fight back, carrying out deadly acts of sabotage, staging ambushes, and waging clandestine warfare against the Nazis and their collaborators. The Jewish Partisans tells the inspiring story of how these innocent young adults transformed into guerrilla soldiers, surviving - and ultimately triumphing - against extraordinary odds.



Wednesday Evening's Films— Sponsored by the WNIT & Kurt & Tessye Simon Fund for Holocaust Remembrance

Wednesday, May 13, 5:30 PM — ​Crescendo (Sponsored by WNIT)  (102 minutes)

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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.

Wednesday, May 13, 8:00 PM — My Name is Sara (Sponsored by the Kurt & Tessye Simon Fund for Holocaust Remembrance) (111 minutes)

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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.


Thursday Evening's Films — Sponsored by Cari & Barry Shein

Thursday, May 14, 5:30 PM — Breaking Bread  (86 minutes)

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In Breaking Bread, exotic cuisine and a side of politics are on the menu. Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, the first Muslim Arab to win Israel’s MasterChef television competition, is on a quest to make social change through food. In an effort to affect change, she founded the A-sham Arabic Food Festival in Haifa, Israel, where pairs of Arab and Jewish chefs collaborate on local dishes. A film about hope, synergy, and mouthwatering fare, Breaking Bread illustrates what happens when people focus on the person, rather than her religion; on the public, rather than the politicians.

Thursday, May 14, 8:00 PM — Shared Legacies: African American-Jewish Civil Rights Alliance   (95 minutes)

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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.

Funding provided by a grant from: 




2019 Sponsors
These businesses and people helped bring the Michiana Jewish Film Festival to fruition this year

Bolded Name - MJFF Committee Member

Studio Mogul

Cari & Barry Shein

Executive Producer

Diane & Mark Richter


Carol & Craig Kapson



Popcorn Sponsors

Diane & Bill Sarnat
Ann & Ron Silverman



Sandy & Doug Barton
Nana & Gary Fromm
The Frank & Freel Families
Mirkin Law Offices
Ina & Irv Rosenberg



Sandy & Doug Barton
Nana & Gary Fromm
Mirkin Law Offices
Ina & Irv Rosenberg
Bill & Diane Sarnat


Mara & Pat Boettcher
Nancy & Ron Cohen
Rabbi Karen Companez &
  Howard Steinberger
Terry & Alan Feldbaum 
RW Freel Heating & Cooling
Bonny & Todd Hoover
Freddy Lerman & Family
Jo-Anne & Bill Lopatin
Laurie & Alex Martin
Pam Rubenstein
South Bend Monument Works

Film Fan

Sheri Alpert
Sarah Anne Anes
Emily Benedix
Francie & Ben Davis
Mina Gardner
Linda & Richard Mintz
Megan & Dan New
Mary & Dr. James Reidy
Carol & Charles Rosenberg
Dr. Ilene & Rick Sheffer
Monika & Mitchell Wayne

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M - Th: 9:00am - 5:00pm
F: 9:00am - 5:00pm Daylight Savings     
    9:00am - 3:00pm Standard
Sun: Varies dependent on programming
Sat: Closed

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