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This is your opportunity to create conversation and community. Please join us in sharing the joy that independent film delivers both individually and collectively. This year’s festival will celebrate film, connection, and Jewish culture; your gift ensures that the spirit of the film festival remains the same. 

Seven Blessings: San Diego Center for Jewish Culture Kickoff Kickoff Film Screening

Thursday, August 22, 2024 at 7:00 pm
The David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre Lawrence Family JCC


Winner of ten 2023 Ophir awards: Best film, director, script, editing, lead actress, support actress, makeup, wardrobe, sound, casting Including Best Picture Award. Marie travels from France to Israel, where her family now lives, to marry her one true love. "Seven Blessings" is a week of festive meals in honor of the bride which turns into a sad comedy about family crimes, forgiveness and loss.

Director: Ayelet Menahemi | Israel | 2023 | 108 min.
Arabic, Hebrew, French | English Subtitles | Comedy, Drama | San Diego Premiere

Price: $20 | JCC Member: $17 | Underwriter: Complimentary 


Running on Sand: 35th Annual San Diego International Jewish Film Festival Midseason Film Screening

October 21, 2024 at 7:00 pm
The David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre Lawrence Family JCC

NOMINEE FOR BEST FILM IN THE OPHIR AWARDS 2023. On the verge of being deported from Israel, Eritrean refugee Aumari is mistaken for a Nigerian soccer star, seizes his opportunity, and joins Maccabi Netanya despite his lack of talent. His sweet personality overcomes many obstacles and he seems to have found his place in Israeli society, but unpredictable complications ensue.

Director: Adar Shafran | Israel | 2023 | 104 min.
Hebrew | Comedy, Drama | English Subtitles | Comedy, Drama | West Coast Premiere 

Price: $20 | JCC Member: $17

Save the date for the 7th Annual Joyce Forum Jewish Shorts Film Festival

Thurs, Nov 21 - Sat, Nov 23, 2024 | Various Times

Embark on a cinematic journey through the heart and soul of Jewish storytelling at The Joyce Forum Jewish Short Film Festival. Over three  captivating days, immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of over 25 short films curated from across the globe. Delve into five thoughtfully crafted programs, each offering a unique perspective on the rich tapestry of Jewish culture and heritage. Engage with filmmakers as they share insights and inspirations behind their creations, adding depth to this enriching cinematic experience.