With generous support from the Bernard Osher Foundation SFJFF’s Mitzvah Series was inaugurated in 2007 and took our Festival programming “on the road” to senior centers and homes where residents are less mobile and cannot, or prefer not to, attend our regular in-theatre programs. SFJFF staff member, Myra Feiger, has been working enthusiastically for nine months on a volunteer basis to run this program. With Myra’s able assistance, SFJFF ensures that our specially curated film programming reaches the broadest possible audience. The program is provided at no charge to Bay Area senior centers and nursing homes whose residents do not otherwise have access to independent Jewish-themed films and discussions. SFJFF’s collaboration with senior agencies have included the Reutlinger Center for Jewish Living and Rhoda Goldman Plaza.
The Program Director of The Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living Program: “The residents love the Jewish content, and it shows them the myriad ways Judaism is flourishing. There’s often a great deal of reminiscing after a film—they really trigger the memory. Family members come specifically for this activity; an afternoon at the movies is something they can really enjoy with their parents.”