The explosion of Jewish culture in the region includes the Gershman Y's venerable Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, which continues its explorations of the Jewish experience through Nov. 18.
Films and documentaries from Argentina, France, Germany, Israel, Poland, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States reflect the diversity of the Jewish film world. According to Olivia Antsis, director of the festival, the films transcend religion and have wide appeal to audiences of various religions.
Among the offerings:
Hava Nagila (The Movie), a film by Roberta Grossman that traces the song that is a portal to 150 years of Jewish history, culture, and spirituality, and gained extra attention when Jewish Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman performed her routine to it at the Summer Olympics (7:30 p.m. Wednesday)