SCHENECTADY–The Schenectady Jewish Community Center (SJCC) will continue its virtual film festival through April. Discussions led by local experts will follow each film, according to organizers. One film each month from January to April is slated and will be made available to individuals upon registration. By registering for the film, the film’s viewers will also receive access to the discussions.

Upcoming films include:


Jazz musician, John Coltrane, left, studies music while Alfred Lion looks on in the documentary “It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story,” the January SJCC film.

“It Must Schwing: The Blue Note Story”
Discussion – Sunday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. led by Tim Coakley, founder and host of WAMC’s “Tim Coakley Jazz Show.”

In this documentary, two German-Jewish immigrants forge the jazz label Blue Note Records. Escaping Nazi Berlin, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff became New York record producers, launching the careers of jazz artists such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock.

“Love in Suspenders”
Discussion – Sunday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. led by the Jewish Federation of Northeastern N.Y. Chaplaincy Services Director, Rabbi Beverly

Tami (Nitza Shaul), a widow, falls for widower Beno (Yehuda Barkan) in the film “Suspenders.”


In this film, Tami, a widow who constantly deals with the memory of her late husband, meets Beno, a sarcastic widower, and the two fall in love. From their first unfortunate encounter, when Tami hits Beno with her car until they unite in front of the altar, they experience all sorts of emotional, and sometimes funny struggles.

“Chewdaism: A Taste Of Jewish Montreal”
Discussion – Sunday, March 2,1 at 7:30 p.m. led by Ann Cramer, Esta and Henry Skoburn and Jeff Walton

Eli Batalion, left, and Jamie Elman, right, discover the roots of Montreal’s Jewish community through a series of classical Jewish eateries.

This documentary follows two native Montrealers as they eat their way through the historical and rich cultural history of Jewish Montreal over the last 100 years. During their journey, they take on Jewish eateries and farm to table kosher dishes. The film features a tour of Montreal with two guides who have a bottomless appetite for great food and witty conversation.

An Israeli-Palestinian orchestra struggles to get in tune as they work to overcome the tension in the group under the direction of their German maestro, Eduard Sporck (Peter Simonischek).

Discussion – Sunday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. (speaker T.B.D.)

World-famous conductor, Eduard Sporck, tries to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra and is faced with unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression or constant risk of terrorist attacks, the young musicians from both sides are not easily able to form a team. Sporck has arranged for a symbolic concert for a Middle East peace summit in Italy and now must have the orchestra ready to perform.

Center members and nonmembers may purchase individual or household tickets for each film. Registration and other information may be obtained at or by contacting Schenectady JCC Jewish Cultural and Adult Programming Director, Judy Ben-Ami at