Arts & Culture

“Culture is the most attractive doorway into Jewish identity: Jewish culture speaks to the heart and soul…directly…powerfully…loudly.” C. Newberger, National Foundation for Jewish Culture

At the J, we strive to enhance the quality of Jewish life in and around our community. We empower people to embrace Jewish culture by presenting two main festivals each year – the Film Festival and Bookfest. The Dallas Jewish Film Festival is held in September and the Dallas Jewish Bookfest is typically held in October or November. In addition to these events, we often host authors and other films throughout the year.

Cultural Arts

The mission of BookFest is to celebrate the written word brought to us by  Jewish authors and books with Jewish content. Each year we seek the very best authors and books to provide a window to the Jewish experience and give our community members the opportunity to engage with the person behind the book while discovering what inspires the author in his or her creative work.

There are No Lions in Tel Aviv

Celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut with There are No Lions in Tel Aviv. The story of the chief Rabbi of Copenhagen’s Jewish community, who would come to be known as Rabbi Doolittle. In 1935, Max Shorenstein left his honorable position as chief Rabbi of Copenhagen, to fulfill a longtime dream: to build a zoo in Tel Aviv and teach the local children about the love of animals.

Film Available: Wednesday, April 14 through Friday, April 16
Virtual Ticket: FREE to attend

The Jewish Film Festival of Dallas provides a window to the Jewish experience and allows us to explore contemporary and historical themes in many different global settings. Some films will make you laugh and others will make you cry…all will provide you with a life lesson. We have been delighted to present compelling films throughout the year. After many of the films we will have a Talk Back with an expert on the subject matter at hand. The intent is to enhance the viewing and learning experience for our audience.


Olivia is a 12-year-old immigrant from New York. She is trying to find her place in the new world she just landed in, Israeli society. Instantly she connects with Alem, an Ethiopian boy who sits next to her in class. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that their friendship is social suicide. 

This is a story about alienation, friendship, and home.

Film Available: Thursday, May 19 through Sunday, May 23
Virtual Ticket: FREE to attend

Performing Arts