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Thank you for making the 2015 Jewish Film Festival a success. Below the films that were featured:

Program led by JCCNV Community Shlicha, Dana Kalishov.

Above and Beyond
Program: Bruce Lichtman, retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, son of Gideon, a volunteer pilot for Israel.

Bruce Lichtman is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who now serves as a Senior Policy Analyst in the the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His father, Gideon, is featured in Above and Beyond. Bruce assisted the filmmakers by providing background on some of Gideon’s most memorable experiences of his time flying for Israel in the War of Independence.
Pictured: Bruce (right) with his father Gideon.


God’s Slave
Program: Mr. Mario F. del Carril, former press counselor for the Argentine Embassy, and Mr. Roberto Mosse, retiree of the World Bank Group.

Mr. Del Carril, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a writer and journalist; was press counselor for the Argentine Embassy in Washington, DC, (1984-1990); and served as World Bank External Affairs Officer for Latin American (1995-1998). He has written many relevant books and articles about the issues to be discussed in conjunction with the film, such as El Cronista” 1992, written a day after the bombing of the Embassy of Israel in Buenos Aires, and Reflections on Timerman, The Washington Post, 1981, written on occasion of the release of Jacobo Timerman and his expulsion from Argentina.

Mr. Mosse was born in Santiago de Chile and is a retiree of The World Bank Group, continuing to serve as a consultant to the Bank. From 1972 through 2000 he worked mainly, but not exclusively, in Latin America, holding various responsibilities, such as financial advising and intellectual leadership. He is a member of TWBG retirees’ thematic groups on Transport, Financial-Economic Management, and Energy providing advice to Bank staff and developing countries, and keeps actively involved in foreign affairs issues.


Touchdown Israel – Tackle Football in the Holyland
Program following the screening with local sports commentator David Elfin (

David Elfin began writing about sports as a junior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. He was Bar Mitzvah and confirmed at Adas Israel and was the former President of Beth Chai Congregation. He is the author of seven books, most recently, Washington Redskins: The Complete Illustrated History. David has also contributed on-air Redskins commentary for 106.7-The Fan and WTOP News. He earned degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). David has been recognized for his journalistic excellence by the New York State Press Association, the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists. He served on board of the Pro Football Writers of America for 12 years, including a two-year term as president (2005-07). David currently serves as the Washington representative on the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.


Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front
Program following the screening: Facilitated by Dana Kalishov, JCCNV Community Shlicha. Panelists include: Yogev Moyal (officer from the elite Maglan Unit), hosted by the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), Noa Meir, Director of the Israel Action Center (Jewish Community Relations Council/JCRC) and Yakir Daniel, Jewish Agency Israel Fellow, GMU Hillel. Additional support from Project Welcome Home, a JCCNV initiative. Pictured L-R: Dana, Yakir, Noa.

24 Days
Program following the screening with Rabbi Adam J. Raskin

Rabbi Adam J. Raskin has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Har Shalom since 2011. In February, he was part of a delegation from The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington that spent two days in Paris on a national JFNA Solidarity Mission. The delegation met with many leaders of the French Jewish community, French government officials, the Israeli (Yossi Gal) and American (Jane D. Hartley) Ambassadors to France, the former Managing Editor of Charlie Hebdo Magazine, visited a Jewish school and a JCC, heard a dialogue between the former Mufti of Marseilles and the rabbinic chair of the Judeo-Muslim Friendship Association, and met a hostage from Hyper Casher Supermarket and the policeman who saved her.

Originally from Cleveland, OH, he developed a love of synagogue life as a child, and was encouraged by his own rabbi to grow and learn Jewishly, to travel to Israel, and to imagine a career in the rabbinate. He earned his BA in Jewish Studies at The Ohio State University, and received the prestigious Wexner Graduate Fellowship for his studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and Jerusalem. Rabbi Raskin is the first rabbi ever to be accepted to and participate in Leadership Montgomery, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Vice President of the Baltimore/Washington Region of the Rabbinical Assembly, and very active in pro-Israel advocacy. Some of his greatest loves include teaching and inculcating Jewish joy in children’s lives. Visit Congregation Har Shalom.


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