Part of a movie poster that depicts the star and the director of “Born In Jerusalem and Still Alive,” Yossi Atia in character as an Israeli tour guide.

SCHENECTADY–The Schenectady Jewish Community Center (SJCC) will host the last film of its fall film festival, “Born In Jerusalem and Still Alive” directed by Yossi Atia and David Ofek. It ties into this month’s SJCC theme of “volunteerism, ” according to Center organizers.

Born In Jerusalem and Still Alive”  (2019) is an Israeli film about a 30-something-year-old Jerusalem native who becomes a tour guide. This sincere if troubled guide tenderly cares for his aging father as he embarks on his own odd course of emotional healing. The film offers a mixture of black comedy, romance, and psychology. The film hinges on the offbeat appeal of its writer/director/star Yossi Atia. It was named the best first film at the 2019 Jerusalem Film Festival.

The film, which is 83 minutes long, will be shown in Hebrew with English subtitles and will be available to watch virtually via a Zoom link from Friday, Nov. 19, to Sunday, Nov. 21.

The College of Staten Island Hillel Executive Director Amy Posner will host a live Zoom discussion on Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. She has served as its executive since 2008. She has built community through youth-serving organizations for more than 25 years, having held positions in Young Judaea and with the Girl Scout Council of Central New York. She also directed the Jewish Multiracial Network, a grassroots organization serving multi-racial Jewish families and working to raise awareness of the diversity of the Jewish people. Posner has served as director of Camp Edward Isaacs and was honored as a 2014 JCC of Staten Island “Dor L’Dor” Woman Leader of the Community.

 Individual tickets may still be purchased for $8 for SJCC and Albany JCC members and for $15 for non-members.

Judy Ben-Ami at or can provide details.