WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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view life through a different lens." This call-to-action tagline of the Boston Jewish Film Festival (BJFF) captures the experience 250,000 festival-goers have enjoyed — broadening their perspective on humanity through films showcasing the Jewish experience around the world. F I L M S T O B U I L D B R I D G E S "My favorite thing about the Jewish Film Festival is that it introduces Jewish values and culture to people of all faiths, and that's a great way to build bridges. I always invite friends of different religions to join me," explains Joyce Pastor, past president of the board of directors to the BJFF and a dedicated multicultural connecter. Joyce cofounded the Weston Interfaith Action Group and she started Neighbor-to- Neighbor, a program that brings together women from Temple Shir Tikva of Wayland and the neighboring Islamic Center of Boston to learn about their respective customs. The BJFF, launched in 1989 by local filmmaker Michal Goldman, is now the largest Jewish-themed cultural event in New England, pre- miering "Jewish films" in the Greater Boston area. What's a Jewish film, you may be thinking. This question is a subject of endless debate in the halls of the BJFF offices. For a film to be accepted into the BJFF, it must include Jewish content or a Jewish character. The background of the filmmaker and the actors is irrelevant. In fact, the Festival hosts many non-Jewish filmmakers who have made films with Jewish themes. "In the end, our number one selection criteria is quality," explains the Festival's artistic director Ariana Cohen-Halberstam. 121 f a l l 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e A World-class Celebration of Diversity Right Here in Greater Boston E L I Z A B E T H S U N E B Y writer " M E D I A B A K E R Y

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