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Laugh. Cry. Love. Debate. Celebrate: To Life!

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Founded in 1995, the Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF) is an annual, 10-day and year-round cinematic exploration and celebration of global Jewish and Israeli life, history, complexity, culture and filmmaking 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 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. Highlights: Tom Douglas Launch Party, Il Fornaio VIP Gala, Matzoh Momma Sunday Brunch, Senior Lunch & Film, REEL Difference Award and "Best of Fest" year-round programming. By viewing "The World through a Vibrant Lens," SJFF builds a more aware, engaged, and connected community.

As of September 2013, the Festival is now a program of The Stroum JCC, and a partner to their community building mission.


 A Program of The Stroum Jewish Community Center

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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.


 SJFF 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