Entries by Cindy Stern

Elad Keidan reveals the inspiration behind his award-winning film, Afterthought

The Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema opens on October 28 with the U.S. premiere of Afterthought (HaYored LaMaala) the multi-award winning feature film from Elad Keidan. Elad is traveling from Israel to introduce the film himself on October 28 and will also conduct a “Q and A” after the film’s downtown screening at AMC River East on November 1.

The writer and director is fresh off his triumph at the Israeli Ophir Awards (the Israeli Oscars) last month, where Afterthought won for “Best Screenplay,” “Best Sound” and “Best Editing.” The film also won the “Best Israeli Film” award at this year’s Haifa Film Festival and was honored with a special screening at Cannes.

Fauda is Coming!

Get ready Chicagoland, the hit TV show ‘Fauda’ is coming to the 10th Anniversary of the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema. Fauda, which means chaos in Arabic, follows an elite undercover Israeli army unit operating in Palestinian society trying to catch one key militant member of Hamas.

CFIC Makes Headlines—and the Front Cover of the JUF News!

CFIC Chief Newshound Tzahi Grad Stern peruses his dog-eared copy of the JUF News.   Great overview by Jan “Tzivi” Huttner on page 60 of the October issue! Read all about her picks for Best Feature Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Documentary and more here From the Chicago Tribune: Film festival celebrates Israeli diversity Read […]


Meet Devorah Heyman from Des Plaines. She is a 4th grade Hebrew and religious school teacher at Emanuel Congregation in Chicago (you know, that pretty lakefront place on Sheridan Road north of Hollywood) where she has been a member since 1973. She entered our drawing online, at the urging of her sister, who lived in […]

Next month in Jerusalem

For one week in the middle of May, I will be in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to meet face-to-face with people with whom I have only thus far had electronic pen pal relationships