Colonial Theatre to host Jewish short film series

The Colonial Theater, Photo courtesy of the Colonial Theater

Retreat from the summer heat and delight in the Summer Shorts Film Series presented by The Kehillah of Chester County at the historic Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville. The series, which will feature the screenings of contemporary Jewish short films from around the world followed by lively discussions, will be presented on consecutive Wednesday evenings, 7:30 to 9 p.m., from July 30 through Aug. 27.

'The film festival celebrates the richness and diversity of the Jewish experience through short film and media,' said Shelley Rappaport, Kehillah director, who invites the entire community to 'join us as we explore the full spectrum of Jewish life, values and culture.'

Rappaport expressed gratitude to Seymour Levin, a Chester County resident and long-standing member of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (PJFF) Committee, for his assistance in previewing and selecting the films for this series, as well as Olivia Antsis, PJFF director, who helped to plan the film series.

Mary Foote, executive director of The Colonial Theatre, located at 227 Bridge Street in Phoenixville, emphasizes that the third floor screening room of the recently renovated theatre is handicapped- accessible. Film buffs may recall that this theatre was the location for the final scene of the film, 'The Blob,' featuring actor Steve McQueen.

There is a suggested donation. Seating is limited and advance reservations are encouraged. To register, or for additional information about the Kehillah of Chester County and its programs, call Shelley Rappaport, at 484-582-0210 or email

The Kehillah of Chester County,is a Jewish Community Collaboration funded by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. It is a partnership of area synagogues, congregations and Jewish resources that works on creating group effort programs, events, educational experiences and service opportunities that are open to the entire community.

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