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What could be better: Jewish comfort food, a klezmer band, amazing local coffee and a great film!

A great way to kick off your SJFF Sunday with a belly full of belly lox and belly laughs.

Start the Festival off right by attending this delicious special event on Sunday, March 26. Matzoh Momma Catering proudly hosts this annual soul- and belly-filling music-filled event before the screening of the film THE LAST LAUGH (PG). 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.

THE LAST LAUGH: Can the Holocaust be funny? Top comedians and survivors weigh in.

Enjoy music by the The KlezKatz! klezmer band 9:;30 - 10:30 a.m.

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


Special Event (Brunch & Film) $25 |$20*

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



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Sunday, March 26 | 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Il Fornaio, 600 Pine Street
By invitation only (mailed March 1) - RSVP required by March 21 (space limited)

The Stroum Jewish Community Center thanks festival sponsors and donors and welcomes honored guests 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 in mid-February. Please alert if you did not receive them.

NOTE: If you would like to attend the Advance Screening of THE ZOOKEEEPER'S WIFE before the VIP Gala, you will need your VIP Pass(es). Please arrive 15 min. before the 5:15 PM showtime to guarantee seeting.

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Make a minimum gift of $500 to attend, $1800 to join the REEL Mensch Donor Tribute Circle:

Thank You VIP Gala Sponsor:


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Film: Rock in the Red Zone

ROCK IN THE RED ZONE is a feature-length music documentary about Sderot, a town of factory workers and rock musicians transforming Israel’s sound, is also the target of near-constant Hamas rockets. Filmmaker Laura Bialis travelled there to tell this captivating story and fell in love, changing the course of her life.

Concert: Avi Vaknin Unplugged


Avi Vaknin is a singer, composer, writer and music producer, born and raised in Sderot, Israel. His critically acclaimed debut album Square of the Lost was published in the summer of 2008. Music critic Amos Oren wrote: “A pearl in a sea of attempts by unknown artists. Vaknin has a unique voice that sounds rough and angelic, with fragile vocals and delightful melodies, with ethnic colors and soul music.

For ten years, Vaknin managed Sderock, a music club and rehearsal space for teenagers that cultivates young artists in Sderot. Using this framework, he created master classes, bringing major Israeli artists from the industry to work with Sderot’s youth.

 Avi produced two albums with bands from Sderock: The Record Project (2001) and The Hope Project (2007).  With lyrics written by the youth of Sderot about the frustrations of life under Qassam rocket fire, The Hope Project combined the talents of three Hip Hop bands under Vaknin’s direction.  The project toured Israel to raise awareness about the situation in Sderot, and to give a voice to the expressions of Sderot’s youth.



Film Details:

Director: Laura Bialis
Country: Israel
Language: English, Hebrew w/subtitles
Running Time: 87 minutes
Year: 2014
Genre: Documentary
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This is the party to be at, and buy your tickets early, because this event - like last year's - will sell out! Join the Stroum JCC Board, Staff, and the Film Festival Committee for a no-host happy hour in the AMC Pacific Place upstairs lobby for a glass of wine/beer before the show. Meet Opening Night Film HARMONIA lead Israeli actor Alon Aboutboul, our special guest for the evening. A fun, social, happy meet-up before the festival week gets underway.

7:30 PM Happy Hour (no-host): Join the Stroum JCC board and staff for a no-host happy hour in the AMC Pacific Place upstairs lobby.
8:30 PM Intros & Film
Post-Film Tom Douglas Dessert Party

About the Film 

HARMONIA is a clever, romantic, modern-day bilblical love triangle between Abraham (played by Aboutboul), Sarah, and Hagar, with Abraham the lead conductor of the Jerusalem Philharmonic.



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About Closing Night Centerpiece


We are going "Big" and going home closing night! SJFF concludes with the Seattle premiere of a film by two local filmmakers, Todd Soliday and Leah Warshawski, and welcomes Leah's grandmother and film subject, Big Sonia Warshawski herself, Sonia's daughter Regina and Morris, also featured in the film, for a heart-warming special evening followed by a closing toast and reception.

About the Film: An unforgettable portrayal of a tiny woman with a large personality, making a big impact.

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Reception to Follow: Wine, hors d'oevres, cheesecake, and light refreshments.


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