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Film series at JCC in Allentown

Friday, October 25, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Jewish Film Nights at the J” begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Jewish Community Center, 22nd and Tilghman streets, Allentown.

The first film, “93Queen,” is described as “an upbeat, inspiring and revealing documentary that takes place in Brooklyn, N.Y.”

“93Queen” follows Rachel “Ruchie” Freier, a no-nonsense Hasidic lawyer and mother of six who is determined to shake up the “boys club” in her Hasidic community by creating Ezras Nashim, the first all-female ambulance corps in New York City.

There will be a brief introduction and post-film discussion. David Dunn, an area paramedic, will share some of his experiences and answer questions.

This is the kick-off to a new series of films. One film per month will be shown through June, except for May.

The next film is “The Last Suit,” 7 p.m. Nov. 26. An 88-year-old Jewish tailor named Abraham embarks on a journey to find the man who saved him from certain death during the Holocaust. Spanish with English subtitles.

“A Bag of Marbles,” 7 p.m. Dec. 17. As the German army occupies Paris in 1941, Roman Joffo, a Jewish barber, realizes his family is in danger of detention and worse. Planning their escape to the “free zone” in southern France, he sends his youngest sons on the perilous trip by themselves. In French and Yiddish with subtitles.

The film series committee selects comedies, documentaries, dramas and suspense thrillers, all with a Jewish connection. Screenings are free, as is popcorn and beverages.

Information:; 610-434-3571