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Founded in 1995, the Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF) is an annual, 9-day and year-round cinematic exploration and celebration of global Jewish and Israeli life, history, complexity, culture and film for everyone. SJFF is the largest and most highly anticipated Jewish event in the Pacific Northwest and a mainstay in the Seattle arts calendar, attracting approximately 7,500 diverse patrons annually to the festival and garnering international acclaim. SJFF showcases the best international, independent and award-winning Jewish-themed and Israeli cinema, enhanced by educational, family, social, performing arts and year-round programming. The Seattle Weekly praised SJFF as the best ethnic film festival in our region.

In September 2012, SJFF became a program of the Stroum Jewish Community Center and a vital part of its year-round Cultural Arts programming. Central to the J's community-building mission, SJFF brings people togehter to inspire learning and new perspectives by showcasing the virtuosity and diversity of Jewish/Israeli cinema.

Program Highlights: Tom Douglas Opening Night Dessert Party, Il Fornaio VIP Gala, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Sunday Brunch, Free or Reduced-Cost Senior Matinee @ the J, Closing Night Concerts, the biannual SJFF REEL Difference Filmmaker and Audience Choice Awards, and year-round film premieres and culinary cinema programs such as Israeli TV Dinners and the new Kung Pao Christmas Chinese Food and a Movie program on December 25.

SJFF is a Centerpiece Program of SJCC Cultural Arts: View our 2016/17 Cultural Arts Season Brochure  or see upcoming programs online at www.sjcc.org.  Year-round series include: Global Sound international music series, Jest Fest comedy shows featuring sought-after comedians like Judy Gold and Gary Gulman, as well as Author Talks, Culinary, Film, Theatre and more.


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SJCC is dedicated to the enrichment of Jewish life and culture for the entire community in greater Seattle.
The SJCC offers diverse programming including community-wide holiday celebrations, a premier Early Childhood School with campuses on Mercer Island and in North Seattle, summer day camps, a newly remodeled fitness facility, and a variety of social, cultural and recreational programs for all ages. www.sjcc.org

Our Vision

The Stroum Jewish Community Center will inspire connections to build community and ensure Jewish continuity.

Our Mission
Together we create outstanding programs, partnerships and spaces that welcome everyone to learn, grow and celebrate Jewish life and culture.


Founding Partner

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American Jewish Committee (AJC) is the global advocate for the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and for the advancement of democratic values for all. We promote these goals through an agency-wide focus on diplomacy, legislative advocacy and building bridges. AJC's agenda is focused on priorities that are key to preserving a secure Jewish future and advancing democratic values around the world: Israel's security, the Iran nuclear threat, and strengthening American pluralism. www.ajcseattle.org