8th Annual




November 18 - 21, 2021

Screening in-person & virtually in Atlantic Canada

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THE ISRAELI MINI SERIES: The New Black (Shababniks)

 March 19 - April 5, 2021 

Screening virtually across Canada

The New Black (Shababniks)

The New Black (Shababniks) | Israel | 2018 | Hebrew with English subtitles 

Series: (12 episodes, 30 minutes each)

****Winner of Israeli Academy for Film and Television Comedy Awards for: Best Series, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor!


“Funny, whimsical, and cutting” – Tablet


This charming, fast-paced comedy-drama follows the surprisingly unorthodox lives of four young Israeli Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) men.


The show features a group of four Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) students who study at a yeshiva in Jerusalem. One of them, Gedalya, is on the straight and narrow, while the other three prefer their Talmud study with a side of hanging out in the park, shopping at the mall and general goofing off. Shababniks is a Hebrew slang word for a Haredi youth who is off the path – but not entirely. There are no tortured heroes or heartbreaking scenes in Shababniks. What you will find in Shababniks is fun, and a lot of it!


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2020 AJFF Sponsors

WE EXPRESS OUR SINCERE GRATITUDE TO ALL OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS WITHOUT WHOM THE AJFF WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE. The Atlantic Jewish Film Festival is proudly supported by the HALIFAX Municipality's Regional Event Grant.



Rosalind & Philip Belitsky

Karen & Howard Conter

Ethel Cooper-Rosen & Mark Rosen

Howard Epstein

Sharon and Stanley Jacobson

Dawn Frail & Tim Margolian

Marcie-Ann Gilsig

Judith and Victor Goldberg

Roselle Green & Family

Linda Law & Lloyd Newman

Valerie MacDonald & Jim Spatz

Jo-Anne Nozick & Michael Argand

Debbie Pestell

Rita & Joel Pink

Victoria & Edwin Rosenberg

Debbie Stover & Jeffrey Schelew

Studio 14 Gifts & Gallery

Lynda Suissa

Ann & Howard Thaw


Carol & Simmy Airst

Jane & David Alexander

Nancy & Seth Bloom

The Hon. Myra Freeman and Lawrence Freeman

Wendy Katz & Alan Young

Lampert LawGiC

Shirlee & Ralph Medjuck

Janet & Alan Stern

Louise & Andrew Wolfson

About The AJFF

The Atlantic Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) is presented by the Atlantic Jewish Council (AJC). The festival provides an opportunity for the public to experience the Jewish world through film in Halifax. We offer film lovers documentaries, comedies and dramas that otherwise would not screen in Nova Scotia. We choose films to engage, entertain and educate a diverse, inclusive audience.

Following the success of last fall’s 6th Atlantic Jewish Film Festival, the AJFF organizing committee is excited to announce another great year of engaging films highlighting Jewish life and culture around the world.

Contact: Edna LeVine, Director of Community Engagement (AJC), elevine @ theajc.ca

AJFF Committee: Lynn Rotin, Chair | Philip Belitsky | Rosalind Belitsky | Jon Goldberg | Anna Hazankin | Linda Law | Edna LeVine | Naomi Rosenfeld | Jordan Schelew | Flint Schwartz | Schuyler Smith | Ann Thaw | Howard Thaw | Peggy Walt

In 1980 a group of people took a chance on starting a Jewish film festival in the Bay Area of San Francisco. The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is the largest and longest-running festival attracting 40,000+ people and presenting 65+ films during their annual three week festival. Currently, there are more than one hundred Jewish film festivals around the world including Africa and Hong Kong.

About the Atlantic Jewish Council

The Atlantic Jewish Council (AJC) has been the cornerstone of Jewish life in the Atlantic Canadian provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, and Newfoundland & Labrador) since 1975, acting as the organized Jewish community’s representative and program/service provider for non-religious matters. With only a small staff complement and a modest budget, the AJC relies on the support of over 100 volunteers across Atlantic Canada to move the needle on our eight strategic priorities:

  • Building a sense of Jewish community across Atlantic Canada;
  • Strengthening Jewish identity amongst the Jews of Atlantic Canada, especially our youth;
  • Reinforcing the regional identity of the Atlantic Canadian Jewish community;
  • Supporting and connecting Atlantic Canadians to Israel;
  • Educating about the Holocaust and human rights;
  • Helping those in need in our community;
  • Fostering relationships with and representing the Atlantic Jewish population to all levels of government, academic institutions, and Jewish and general organizations at both the national and local level; and
  • Educating the community of Atlantic Canada at large about Judaism.

The AJC is happy to once again present the Atlantic Jewish Film Festival.


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