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

About the EventFacebookRSVPFinal2018

Film: LAND OF MILK AND FUNNY | Special Guest: Comedian Dwight Slade

Kick off your festival with a belly laughs, belly lox, and a belly full of great Jewish comfort food.

Start SJFF off right by attending this delicious special event on Sunday, March 11. Matzoh Momma Catering proudly hosts this annual soul- and belly-filling music-filled event before the screening of the film LAND OF MILK AND FUNNY (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.

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
Film Only: $15 | $12



Matzoh-Momma-Catering 2012 web


BatdorfBronson logo.png






About the Event

Sunday, March 11 | 7-9 PM
Il Fornaio, 600 Pine Street - Pacific Place Atrium
By invitation only

The Stroum Jewish Community Center thanks festival sponsors, board members, and welcomes honored guests by offering them a scrumptious buffet of authentic rustic Italian dishes, great wine and desserts from 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 will be mailed in mid-February. Please alert if you did not receive them. RSVP required by March 2 (space limited)

04 Highlight Sponsor Gala

Join us! Become a VIP

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

Thank You VIP Gala Sponsor:


L'chaim sponsors: 

Pike Brewery 2012 logo color lowres     Total Wine clogo. web-200pixels








About the FestivitiesFacebookRSVPFinal2018


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 A fun, social, happy meet-up before the festival week gets underway.

7:30 PM Happy Hour (cach bar): Join the SJCC board, Arts+Ideas Advisory Council, and SJFF committee 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 

MAKTUBis 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.



   BatdorfBronson logo.png  Sholom-Tea-33

About the FestivitiesFacebookRSVPFinal2018


FREE popcorn and a drink per ticketholder (including alcoholic or other beverage). Age 21+ only. No minors.

You asked for it, and we delivered! Survey takers said, please add an Eastside location, and we said, why not an entire wekeend, with 4 additional films! Please show the love and come out for our newest venue, Regal Cinebarre Issaquah 8. The venue is 18+ only, and serves a full food and bar menu.  Arrive early to enjoy their full bar in the lobby and place a food order before, or wait staff will take your order during the film.

About the Film 

SHALOM BOLLYWOOD  is a surprising and entertaining profile of six Indian-Jewish Bollywood screen legends, many of them women. Who knew?


  • Regal Entertainment Group
 Cinebarre 2016 black solid 250pixels-wide

About Closing Night CenterpieceFacebookRSVPFinal2018


The Emmy-nominated filmmaker and this year's REEL Difference Award recipient takes us on an exhilarating live narrated tour of her acclaimed films that have spurred global social initiatives such as "Character Day."   followed by a closing toast and reception.


About the Event

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


 Madison-Park-Cafe logofinal BW-Reverse web-and-cropped  Rusty-s Famous Cheesecakes logo  BatdorfBronson logo.png Pike Brewery 2012 logo color lowres Sholom-Tea-33

Education Workshop

Parents, families, students, educators and future do-gooders, please join us for a workshop with filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, this year’s SJFF REEL Difference Award recipient, for an illuminating talk about kids, Jewish values, and connection in a technologically challenged world. Tiffany's "Technology Shabbats" have inspired many JCC's such as ours to start "Shabbat Unplugged" programs for teens and families. As an internet pioneer and filmmaker, Shlain views technology as an incredible opportunity to develop creativity, innovative thinking, and global iniatives, and overlays Jewish values about identity, holidays, Shabbat to create meaningful limits and connection.

About Filmmaker/Speaker Tiffany Shlain

Tiffany Shlain director-sm

Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, author, public speaker, founder of The Webby Awards, and co-founder of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. She is also the co-founder of two global initiatives, Character Day and 50/50 Day, uniting over 100,000 live events of film and discussion about important issues shaping our lives all linked together online with speakers and one theme. Character Day explores questions and research around living a life of meaning and purpose with her films  30,000 DAYS and THE SCIENCE OF CHARACTER as the centerpiece. 50/50 Day focuses on gender equity, using her film 50/50 RETHINKING THE PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE OF WOMEN + POWER. Tiffany’s films and work have received more than 80 awards and distinctions including premieres at the Sundance Film Festival and a Disruptive Innovation Award from Tribeca Film Festival.  The State Department uses her films to represent America around the world. She serves on the Leadership Board of The Center on Media and Child Health at Harvard's Boston Children's Hospital and she is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute. Tiffany and her husband, robotics professor Ken Goldberg, have two children and for the past eight years have turned off all screens for one day a week for what they call their “Technology Shabbats,” which she has explored in a lot of her work.

Films Presented

THE MAKING OF A MENSCH | Documentary Short | USA | 2015 | 11m
TECHNOLOGY SHABBATS | Documentary/Animation Short | USA | 2013 | English | 7m

Show events from all categories