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For the 21st consecutive year, Columbia Jewish Congregation will present its annual Jewish Film Series, which will open Jan. 19 with “The Little Traitor,” a 2007 film in Hebrew and English that centers on 12-year-old Proffy Liebowitz and his adventures in the months just prior to the formation of the Jewish state.

The series continues with “Je T’aime, I Love You Terminal,” a romantic drama/comedy in Hebrew and English, on Feb. 9; “Steel Toes,” a 2006 Canadian film about racial hatred, on March 16; and “Nicky’s Family,” the story of Sir Nicholas Winton, who personally and by his own initiative, saved the lives of 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, on April 20. Series Committee Chair Tom Laufer said the congregation shows four films each year; each is associated with a Jewish theme and includes Jewish characters. Films are screened on Saturdays at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30) at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills and are open to the public.

“We try to balance the series between drama, comedy and documentary and also show films from different countries,” said Laufer. “Members of the film series committee come in with suggestions for films, and then the committee reviews them and chooses what will be shown.” This year, the series will include films from Israel, Canada and the Czech Republic.

Screenings are followed by refreshments and a discussion.

“People like it because it is reasonably priced,” said Laufer. “Tickets for the entire series are $30, and for those who choose to pay for each film separately, tickets are $9.”

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