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The Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies at Youngstown State University is the product of the efforts of both university and Youngstown community members. The program is housed in the Department of History at Youngstown State University.

Calendar of Events Spring 2015

Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival


Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
Encore Cinema Niles
Showtime: 7 P.M.

Director: Eytan Fox
Country: Israel & France
Language: Hebrew with English Subtitles: 92 Minutes
2013 Comedy Feature Film

When a group of best friends in Tel Aviv gather to watch 'UniverSong', they are less than impressed by the official Israeli entry. Believing that they can do better, they spontaneously create and record their own song on a mobile phone. Little do they know, their performance is seen by the 'UniverSong' judges and soon they are reluctantly thrown into the spotlight as Israel's next official entry. After initial reservations about their new found celebrity status, they decide to just go for it and find themselves on the road to international stardom. They embark on a flamboyant journey that brings about hilarious end results as they go head to head with the Russian entry in the 'UniverSong' final. From director Eytan Fox comes this extravagant and unashamedly entertaining Eurovision parody featuring a feel-good soundtrack provided by Babydaddy from the Scissor Sisters. With bright styling, irresistibly catchy tunes and a gloriously uplifting storyline, this laugh-out-loud comedy is a refreshing ode to music, friendship and romance.

To read more about the film, click here.


Above and Beyond

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
Butler Institute of American Art
Showtime: 1:30 P.M.

Director: Roberta Grossman
Country: United States
Language: English: 87 Minutes
2014 Documentary

In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. This ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery and renewed Jewish pride. ABOVE AND BEYOND is their story. The first major feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen in the ’48 War, ABOVE AND BEYOND brings together new interviews as well as stunning aerial footage to present a fascinating, little-known tale filled with heart, heroism and high-flying chutzpah.

To read more about the film, click here.


Run Boy Run

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
Cinemark Tinseltown

Showtime: 7 P.M.

Director: Pepe Danquart
Country:  Germany
Language: Germany with English Subtitles: 107 Minutes
2014 Drama Feature Film

Audience Choice Award
Jewish Film Festival of Dallas 2014

Audience Award - Best Drama
Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival 2014

A superlative saga of courage and compassion, RUN BOY RUN tells the extraordinary true story of a Polish boy who seeks the kindness of others in his solitary struggle to outlast the Nazi occupation and keep alive his Jewish faith. 

Escaping the Warsaw ghetto at the behest of his father, nine-year old Srulik (movingly portrayed by twin child actors Andrzej and Kamil Tkacz) flees to the woods. There, he learns to hide from SS patrols and scour for food, until loneliness and the harsh onset of winter drive him back to civilization. Taken in by a kindhearted farmer’s wife (Elisabeth Duda), he is given shelter and a new identity. Passing himself off as Jurek, a Christian war orphan, the intrepid boy traverses the countryside from village to village, working as a farmhand under an ever-present threat of persecution. Some will help him survive and others will betray him. Just when it seems his childhood memories and identity could be lost forever, Jurek’s harrowing journey culminates in a powerhouse conclusion and postscript.
An unforgettable cinematic experience featuring exceptional performances, arresting cinematography and transcendent musical score, RUN BOY RUN is directed by Oscar-winner Pepe Danquart and based on the bestselling Holocaust novel by Israeli author Uri Orlev.

To read more about the film, click here.

Tickets for each film are $5 per person. To purchase, please contact the Jewish Community Center Bursar Office at 330-746-3250 ext. 195.


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The Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies office is located in Room 524 of DeBartolo Hall on the Youngstown State University campus. The Center houses a collection of Judaic and Holocaust Studies resource material and is open to students and the community.

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To contact us, please write to:

Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies
Youngstown State University
Youngstown, OH 44555
judaic AT ysu DOT edu

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