social twitter box blue 24 social facebook box blue 24 youtube 48

Monthly View
See by month
Weekly View
See by week
Daily View
See Today
See by categories

Monthly View

February, 2013
February, 2013
5 spacer
6 spacer
7 spacer
8 spacer
9 spacer

About the Event

Film: Havana Curveball

What could be better: Jewish comfort food, a klezmer band, amazing local coffee and baseball. Batter (and brunch) up!

Start the Festival off right by attending this delicious special event on Sunday, March 15. Matzoh Momma Catering proudly hosts this annual soul- and belly-filling music-filled event before the screening of the all-ages film HAVANA CURVEBALL (G/PG-some language). This incredible spread features smoked salmon smear with a panoply of bagels, Matzoh Momma's famous blintz loaf with sour cream and fresh fruit preserves, egg salad with toasted almonds and a quashadu (Sephardic frittata of eggs, feta and Parmesan cheese). Come rave about Matzoh Momma's fresh homemade, flavorful Jewish comfort food.

Enjoy music by the The Klez Katz! and a giant Hava Nagila horah!

Filmmaker Marcia Jarmel will be in attendance (She is also the Bar Mitzvah Boy in the film's mother).

A special thank you to Pip and Miriam Meyerson of Matzoh Momma Catering and their staff for a wonderful event and generous donation.


Matzoh-Momma-Catering 2012 web


Special Event (Brunch & Film) $20 |$18*

Discount* for SJCC members, youth under 13/seniors 65+/students w/ID.
Film only general admission tickets also on sale.



Community Partners:


About the Event

By invitation only - RSVP required
Sunday, March 6, 2014 @ 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Il Fornaio, 600 Pine Street

The Stroum Jewish Community Center thanks festival sponsors and donors by offering them a scrumptious, expansive buffet of authentic rustic Italian dishes, great wine and desserts at downtown Seattle's favorite trattoria, Il Fornaio. Rub shoulders with festival VIPs, local and international filmmakers and guest artists, dignitaries, SJCC board members and local leaders at this annual fete and festive feast.

VIP Gala Dinner Invitations and sponsor benefits were mailed mid-February. Please alert if you did not receive them.

04 Highlight Sponsor Gala

Join us! Become a VIP

Make a minimum gift of $500 to attend:

  • Donate online now, or
  • make a pledge by phone 206.388.0832 or email
  • Contact: Pamela Lavitt, Festival Director (email) or Gail Pollack, Development Director (email)

Event Sponsor:





Wine sponsor:

Total Wine bwlogo. web-200pixels



About this Year's Film Series

Gay Gezunt! A GLBTQ Film Series
FacingFear poster  Zazaland poster-crop 150x225  SummerVacation poster  Seder poster 

GAY GEZUNT! literally means "Go with health" in Yiddish, but as a Yiddish expression it says more: "Why sweat the small stuff, as long as you have your health?" This film series of short films runs 68 minutes and features two Academy Award®-nominees, FACING FEAR (USA, 2013, 23m) and SUMMER VACATION (Hofesh Gadol, Israel, 2012, 22m), with two premieres: ZAZALAND (Israel, 2014, 12m) and THE SEDER (Canada, 2011, 11m).

Gay Gezunt! celebrates the international diversity of Jewish LGBTQ filmmaking and depictions of complex, boundary breaking and healthy relationships on screen. Cinematically, this collection of films tries not to "sweat the small stuff" -  hate crimes, fear and intimidation, family expectations and approval, and love and lust. Go with health - lechiam! To life.

Quick Links


AJC Bridge Series Film

HolyLand poster 

As the Festival's founding partner, AJC is proud to sponsor the AJC Bridge Series and films that align with AJC's mission and programs. Learn more about the AJC Seattle Regional Office.


About Opening Night Film: HANNA"S JOURNEY

Unexpected romance blooms when ambitious Berliner Hanna goes to Israel for selfish motives to work with the mentally disabled. When her dreamy and sensitive Israeli colleague, Itay, whose family left Germany, starts commenting on that country’s conflicted history and the Holocaust, tensions arise, but so does romance. As headstrong Hanna begins to fall for flirtatious Itay, she also becomes more interested in both German history and the history of her own family, particularly her own mother’s journey in Israel. Based on a novel by Theresa Bäuerlein, HANNA’S JOURNEY is an evocative examination of the attitudes of third-generation young Germans and Israelis toward the Holocaust. See full film listing...

Plays with: EDEN RESTS (short)

About the Festivities

6:30 PM Happy Hour: Arrive Early for a no-host bar ($3 beer/$5 wine) in the AMC Lobby

Exhibit: “Jewish Life in Germany Today,” initiated and sponsored by the German Embassy in Washington, and co-organized by the Stroum JCC and the Consulate General of Germany in San Francisco. Numerous panels from this larger exhibition will be on display throughout the festival in celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel, telling the stories of Jewish authors, rabbis, entrepreneurs, students and community members who live in Germany today. Since the early 1990s, the Jewish population in Germany has grown sixfold and Berlin has become a magnet for young Israelis, and about 20,000 young Jews have chosen to live in Germany's capital - the subject of our Opening Night Film.

7:30 PM Intros & Film

9:30 PM Tom Douglas Dessert Party

Guest Speakers

Julia Ulrike Reinhart, Consul for Cultural and Press Affairs, German Consulate General San Francisco
Director Julia von Heinz and Co-Producer Saar Yogev (via Skype)

About Our Closing Night Film

After escaping from Europe during WWII, Jacob Kaplan built a quiet life for himself in Uruguay. But now, at age 76, he wonders if he’s really done anything with his life and he seeks adventure. When he begins to suspect the German owner of a local bar of being a runaway Nazi, Mr. Kaplan seizes his moment of glory. Ignoring his family’s concerns about his health, he enlists the help of a well-meaning former policeman to help him investigate. Together, the pair plans to repeat the historic capture of Adolf Eichmann by kidnapping the suspected Nazi and bringing him to justice. MR. KAPLAN was Uruguay’s 2015 submission for an Oscar®
Plays with THE FUNERAL (short)

Director Bio

Alvaro Brechner has directed several documentaries and short films. His feature film debut BAD DAY TO GO FISHING (Mal dia para pescar) was Uruguay’s candidate for an Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009, and has been seen at film festivals around the world, including the Critic’s Week at the Cannes Film Festival.

About the Event

Reception to Follow: Wine, cheese and light refreshments.

Kaplan poster

Film Details:

Original Title: Esperando a Mister Kaplan
: Alvaro Brechner
Country: Uruguay, Germany, Spain
Language: Spanish w/subtitles
Running Time: 95m
Year: 2014
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Thriller
Official Website


  • coming soon


  • PG
  • adult themes


  • Lucy and Herb Pruzan
Show events from all categories