Opening Night

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
5:30 p.m. Reception
Phillips Social Hall, JCC, 350 Dahlia St.
7 p.m. program and Film, Elaine Wolf Theatre

Tickets start at $150, please see “ticket prices” page or click the “box office” button to purchase. Tickets and special packages can also be reserved by calling  (303) 316-6360


Udi & Fern Baron and the Baron Family, 2014 Mizel Arts and Culture

Center Cultural Achievement Honoree

Who in Colorado doesn’t know Udi’s Foods? The bread, the gluten-free selections, the quality. The outstanding Udi’s Cafés and Restaurants offer a warm, inviting gathering place for all. Udi Baron, founder of Udi’s Foods, and his wife, Fern, have been huge supporters of the Denver Jewish Film Festival for the last five years. Udi and Fern have not only been sponsors, but have also enjoyed the festival as patrons. It is deeply gratifying when those who support our programs also value and participate in them. For this reason we have chosen Udi Baron and the
Baron Family to receive the 2014 MACC Cultural Achievement Award.

The Barons are truly about family first – in life, living and business. Udi grew up in the small farming community of Hayogev, Israel. His
parents are alive at 90 and still live on the same Moshav. Fern is a fifth generation Coloradan; she met Udi when she visited family in Israel and participated in an Ulpan (Hebrew language school). For Udi, it was love at first sight. They both enjoy travel, reading, bicycling and film. Udi and Fern are the proud parents of Etai and Robin – both of whom are integral to the business- as well as four beautiful grandchildren – Max, Levi, Tamar, and one on the way!

When Udi and Fern moved to Denver in 1980, Udi longed for the farm-fresh foods of his homeland. After working as CFO for a manufacturing company and later as a financial planner, Udi decided to leave the business world to focus on his real passion: food. And not just food, but the connection between good health and food. He spent his time cooking for friends and learning to bake before opening a small sandwich business that has since grown into six family businesses employing over 500 people. These include Udi’s Bread, Udi’s Catering, 10 cafés and two national companies – Udi’s Gluten-free and Udi’s Granola. Today you can’t walk into a grocery store and not see an Udi’s product.

In 2012, Udi sold his two national companies to Boulder Brands who now owns the brand name “Udi’s.” In 2014, Udi Baron and family will change their business name and are inviting customers and fans to help them rename their businesses.

We are extremely proud to honor Udi, Fern and family with the 2014 MACC Cultural Achievement Award.

About the Film:

The Jewish Cardinal

Director: Ilan Duran Cohen
2012/France/90 minutes/Drama
French with English subtitles

A Jewish cardinal—is that possible? Well, yes and no, contends this exciting French film based on the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger (1926–2007) – son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his Jewish identity after converting to Catholicism at a young age. His parents went to Auschwitz (where his mother perished) while Lustiger was left in the care of a non-Jewish woman. He entered the priesthood and rose quickly within the ranks of the Church, ultimately receiving an appointment as Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II. Throughout his life, Lustiger advocated for dialogue between Christians and Jews. He emphasized publicly that he continued to identify as a Jew despite converting—and was criticized for this by both sides. When Carmelite nuns establish a convent within the forbidden walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger finds himself a mediator between the two communities and may be forced at last to choose his side. Colorado Premiere