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Kick off your festival with an all-ages Jewish comfort food and sports film extravaganza!

Start SJFF off right by attending this delicious special event on Sunday, March 24 hosted by Deb Brownstein of Mangia Bene Catering (longtime sponsors Miriam and pip Meyerson of Matzoh Momma finally hung up their spatulas and retired). We will continue the soul- and belly-filling klezmer-brunch before the film HEADING HOME. Mangia Bene's incredible spread features a wild lox plattr with a panoply of bagels, egg fritatta, kale salad, desserts and more.  Come rave about Mangia Bene's fresh, nouvelle Jewish comfort food, accompanied by Batdorf & Bronson coffee, Sholom kosher teas, and OJ.

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

A special thank you to our new brunch sponsors Deb Brownstein of Mangia Bene Catering and her staff for a wonderful event and generous donation.


Special Event (Brunch & Film) $25 |$20
Film Only: $15 | $12



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Sunday, March 24 | 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Tom Douglas Palace Ballroom
By invitation only

We thank and toast our generous sponsors and welcome visiting filmmakers and special guests at the newly renovated Palace Ballroom, home of quintessential Northwest flavor, for a jazzy cocktail party featuring music by the Garfield High School Jazz Program Combo.

After the event, catch the film BLUE NOTE RECORDS about the legendary jazz label founded by German-Jewish refugees. This film screens at AMC Pacific Place immediately after the event at 6:50 pm. Sponsors: don't forget to bring your passes or tickets to see the film. Benefited donors with parking can pick up Pacific Place parking vouchers at VIP Party check-in.

VIP Cocktail Party invitations will be mailed the week of March 4:  By invitation only (non-transferrable). RSVP required by March 13 (space limited).

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

Thank You VIP Party Sponsor:

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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 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.
9:00 PM Intros & Film
Aprés Film Dessert Party hosted by Tom Douglas

About the Film 

THE UNORTHDOX is a spirited and suspenseful David-and-Goliath morality tale about the founding of Israel’s first Sephardi political party, actor Shuli Rand (USHPIZIN) dazzles in this fictionalized (and quintessentially Israeli) origin story.



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EVERY ATTENDEE GETS A $10 GIFT CARD! Enjoy popcorn, food, drinks and other beverages at our full-menu venue.

We are excited to return for another Eastside edition at Regal Cinebarre Issaquah 8. The venue serves a full food and bar menu. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.  Arrive early to enjoy their full bar in the lobby and place your food order before the show, or wait staff will take your order during the film.

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PROMISE AT DAWN is an epic, quirky drama about French writer Romain Gary's extraordinary life shaped by his Jewish mother.


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Oscar nominee James Caan, Rosanna Arquette, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers star in this heartwarming comedy about an American cardiologist who leaves everything—including his Jewish family of colorful eccentrics—to become a pig farmer in the Holy Land.

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Reception to follow: Enjoy sweet treats, wine, beer, and a champagne toast.


  • Hotel Max | Provenance Hotels - Enjoy our preferred hospitality sponsor's discount rates during SJFF. Click here to learn more or mention Promo Code: "SJFF."
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