Jew in the City is making huge strides when it comes to Orthodox representation in Hollywood, having met with numerous networks and executives, being warmly received by them all. Depictions of religious Jews in the media are usually negative, and to combat this, JITC is launching a brand-new Hollywood Bureau committed to creating accurate representation on screen.
To celebrate the launch, the organization is hosting the New York premiere of Rock Camp: The Movie. The movie details the camp created by a Jewish man named David Fishof who is the son of a Holocaust survivor and has retained his Orthodox Jewish values and observance within the entertainment industry. Fishof will receive the first-ever JITC Media Award that night. The event will be held on March 21 at the Florence Gould Hall Theater. Space is limited, reserve your spots here.
Simon Kirke of Bad Company (father of actresses Lola and Jemima Kirke) is in the film and will be doing a live jam session afterwards.
In a trailer for the event, Fishof talks about his upbringing as an Orthodox Jew. His father lost all his sisters except for one in the war and did everything he could to keep Shabbat under the dire conditions. “How could I not maintain those Orthodox values?” Fishof asks.