Jewish Life

Jewishness, Your Way

Our mission is to offer diverse pathways and opportunities for our members to connect to Jewish knowledge, tradition, and values in a personally meaningful way. 

Watch a movie by a Jewish film-maker, participate in a Israeli dance class or learn how to shape challah with your child – make connections in ways that matter to you and your family.

“Just as my ancestors planted trees for me, I plant trees for my children.”

Honi the Circle Maker

Jewish Arts + Culture

Lane Dworkin Rochester Jewish Book Festival

The JCC established the Ames Amzalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival to present the best contemporary Jewish-themed films from around the world to the Rochester community.

RJFF exists to promote awareness and pride in the diversity of all people; to strengthen community consciousness of Jewish identity, history and culture; to provide a forum for community gatherings that allows valuable dialogue; and to create an international showcase for filmmakers who are Jewish or whose work explores Jewish themes.

Ames-Amzalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival

We 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.