EJFF shines a bright light on community spirit

"Less Than Kosher" star Shaina Silver-Baird and director Daniel Rosenberg were in-attendance at the screening of their film as part of the Edmonton Jewish Film Festival. Shaina wowed the audience with her incredible liturgical vocals in the film - and then again during the Q & A that followed the screening. What a treat for everyone in attendance!

By AJNews staff

Yasher Koach to Edmonton Jewish Film Festival Coordinator Susan Schiffman, Festival Chair Sam Koplowicz, and their team of creative volunteers for hosting a wonderful festival this year that showcased Jewish culture and perspectives.

More than ever before, the festival combined special events and visits with the films to enhance the viewing experience and provide an authentic small community, artsy, fun, festival vibe to the event.

From encouraging community members to dress in period costume, with singer/actress Michele Miller joyfully leading the Fiddler on the Roof singalong, to hearing film producer and former EJFF Chair Josh Miller reminisce about his early experiences on a set with Gene Wilder, each film was thoroughly enjoyed.

Another highlight was meeting Less Than Kosher writer and star, Shaina Silver-Baird, and film director, Daniel Rosenberg, and hearing fascinating insights about their edgy and heartwarming film.

There was also a much-appreciated virtual festival for community members who prefer to view films from the comfort of their own homes. The venues this year were also stellar – the Metro was perfect for he singalong and the lovely Capitol Theatre at Fort Edmonton Park gave the festival a charming ambiance with the size suiting the crowd attendance. Parking was a dream and the venue lent itself nicely to a presentation by the Jewish Archives and Historical Society of Northern Alberta.

Susan and Sam both thanked the festival sponsors, and volunteers for the success of the event – as well as everyone who attended. EJFF is a major contributor towards Edmonton Partnership2Gether, a partnership with the communities of the Northern Galilee Panhandle. This year’s project will bring a group of Israeli teens to Camp BB-Riback,
connecting them to local teens and giving them respite from war and trauma at home.

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