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25th Silver Screen Anniversary

Rescheduled Dates TBA: Summer/Early Fall. Details Soon!
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Oy vey in Yiddish, a Dio in Ladino! That's what we say when factors beyond our control signal that plans must change.

After much consideration, we have decided not to proceed with the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, March 19 - April 5.

The Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF) is about people spending time together—kibbitzing, schmoozing, noshing, watching, and connecting—with familiar friends and making new ones. The power of a shared emotional experience is amplified when we laugh, cry, and/or reflect on Jewish and Israeli life, history, and culture together. Simply put: SJFF is about community engagement powered by cinema. With guidance from Public Health officials and growing concern for maintaining our collective health, the idea of imposing distance between us is the antithesis of what the Seattle Jewish Film Festival is all about.

As a result, we are postponing SJFF and exploring options for a summer or early fall alternative. We will keep you informed as dates and plans become clear. The silver lining of our 25th silver screen anniversary is that the show will go on, just not now.

If you have already purchased tickets to the 2020 SJFF:

  • Please consider converting your purchase to a charitable gift in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Seattle Jewish Film Festival; or to receive a credit for your purchase, good for a rescheduled festival or any upcoming SJCC Arts + Ideas program (through the end of the calendar year: December 31, 2020), please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, March 20. After that, refunds will be automatically issued, minus processing fees. 
  • If you purchased tickets to "Silent Movie Mondays: THE ANCIENT LAW" on March 23 at The Paramount Theatre, your tickets will automatically transfer to a future rescheduled date. Expect an email with more information soon. Refunds can also be issued after Friday, March 20, via your point of purchase. For Ticketmaster, please contact them directly to request a refund. For Paramount Box office sales, refunds can be made in person at the box office M-F, 10 am-6 pm. A list of subscription and group sales contacts can be found on the STG website.

Thank you for your patronage and support in past years and for your understanding in this unusual circumstance.

P.S. If you are a festival sponsor and want a refund for your donation, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Amy Lavin, SJCC CEO
Pamela Lavitt, Director, Arts + Ideas & Festivals


For 25 years, you have gathered and strengthened our community by attending the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, nurturing it from a 100-seat weekend upstart in 1995 to today's 13-day, five-venue, three-city, regional attraction.

Like silver, SJFF is a precious gem, an alloy of education and entertainment that shines bright for everyone. Only with your support can we make this sterling vision a reality. Your investment will ensure another exquisite, invigorating festival accessible to all. With your help, SJFF can be an experience that links generations and nurtures a sense of emotional connection, shared values, and belonging on and off the silver screen.

This year, SJFF celebrates a major milestone: its 25th Silver Screen Anniversary. In that quarter century:

  • SJFF has screened over 600 films depicting the global Jewish and Israeli experience
  • SJFF has impacted more than 100,000 attendees; and
  • Since 2012 SJFF ignited the growth of the Stroum Jewish Community Center as an arts and culture hub where SJFF and SJCC Arts + Ideas programs showcase the work of 100 Jewish and Israeli artists each season, and engage over 10,000 people annually, welcoming nearly 2,000 new patrons each year!

We are busy planning our biggest and best festival yet, featuring an opening night old-Hollywood silver soirée, world premieres, honoring this year's REEL and REAL Difference Award recipients, and a centerpiece screening at tTe Paramount Theatre in partnership with STG Silent Movie Mondays, featuring a live original score composed and performed by world-renowned klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and an ensemble.

Please join us by supporting this milestone year. You’ll strengthen our regional Jewish community and ensure the film festival remains a welcoming and inspiring event for all. Recognition deadline is January 30th.

View Sponsorship Levels & Benefits:
Individual Donors | Corporate Partners | Community Parnters (nonprofits)

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Special Guests


2020 Attendees
Dir. Dani Menkin, Opening Night  3/19
Subject Amos Nachoum, Opening Night


Tribute to Elliott Gould, Special Event


Prod. Cem Kitaci, Sephardic Spotlight


Subject Yiscah Smith, Gay Gezunt! LGBTQ


Comedian H. Alan Scott, Closing Night


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