JCC Sonoma County Presents the 24th Annual

Jewish Film Festival 2019

All screenings at the Rialto Cinemas®, Sebastopol - come to the Rialto to have lunch, dinner, or a cocktail before the show - it's an excellent menu! Note change in days: due to High Holy Days, some films are on Wednesdays and Thursdays - check the schedule.

 The Keeper

Thursday, October 10, 1 pm and 7 pm

Against a backdrop of British post-war prejudice, a German SS soldier and POW signs to the Manchester City football club. A real-life legendary goalkeeper, Bert Trautmann’s joining the team causes outrage to thousands of soccer fans, many of them Jewish. Support comes from an unexpected direction: Rabbi Alexander Altmann, who fled the Nazis. Bert is supported by Margaret, an Englishwoman, whose love carries him through victory, serious injury, and tragedy. The Keeper raises tough questions about forgiveness and the power of sports to unite. Best Production Winner at the 2019 Bavarian Film Awards.

Drama, United Kingdom, 113 minutes. English with English subtitles

Underwritten by Berni Wegeles Baxter

Sustainable Nation

Thursday, October 17, 1 pm and 7 pm

Bay Area Premiere

Three Israeli visionaries bring sustainable water solutions to diverse areas of the world: an impoverished African village, a polluted Indian city, and an at-risk almond farm in California’s Central Valley. Using technologies developed in Israel, these innovators highlight the relationship between food, energy, and water, emphasizing how solving these challenges helps to free women, and the world, from poverty, illness, and lack of opportunity. Screened with the Israeli humorous short film How to Swim. A discussion with special guests will follow the films.

Documentary, Israel/USA, 56 minutes. English, Hebrew, Luganda with English subtitles

Dramatic Comedy, Israel, 15 minutes. Hebrew with English subtitles

Underwritten by Sandy Smith and Jerry Terhune


 Bye Bye Germany

Wednesday, October 23, 1 pm and 7 pm

Frankfurt, 1946. David Bermann and his friends have escaped the Nazi regime and are dreaming of going to America. But how will they get the money? The smooth-talking businessman focuses on what the Germans “must” need most: fine linens nicely wrapped in amusing stories. The talented tricksters go from home to home, praising housewives without shame, while making unbelievable sales. But questions about Bermann’s past catch up with him. Could he have collaborated with the Nazis? Audience Award Winner at the Norwegian International Film Festival and RiverRun International Film Festival.

Comic Drama, Germany, 102 minutes. German and English with English subtitles

Underwritten by Alan Hyman

Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas:

A Short Film Series

Tuesday, October 29, 1 pm and 7 pm

An offbeat musical-documentary, Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas is about Jewish immigrant-songwriters, including Irving Berlin and Mel Tormé, who wrote the soundtrack to America’s most popular holiday: Christmas. A Thousand Kisses is an endearing, animated true love story. Hilarious award-winning Jewish Blind Date follows unhappy Mary Lou as she reconnects to her Jewish roots in order to marry a religious man. Award-winning Edek weaves storytelling with hip hop as a Holocaust survivor searches for the man who saved her. Academy Award nominated Joe’s Violin traces the life of a Holocaust survivor who donates his violin to an inner-city girls’ school in the Bronx.

US/France/UK, 122 min. English, French, w/ Eng subtitles

Underwritten by Gordon Zlot of KJZY, KZST, KWVF, KBBL Radio


 Fiddler on the Roof - SING ALONG

Tuesday November 5, 1 pm and 7 pm

Join us to see (OR feel free to sing along with) the legendary Academy Award Winning musical Fiddler on the Roof, shown for first time in decades on the big screen. This inspired story of Jewish shtetl life had an unlikely and profound global impact, as the world claimed Tevye’s story as their own. Brush up on your trivia, or if you’re feeling bold, compete in the costume contest and win prizes, as we celebrate “Tradition”! A special interactive performance with musical programming accompanies screening.

Musical, USA, 181 minutes. English with English subtitles

Underwritten by Gale Kissin & Jo Ann Smith and Lynne Belmont & Gordon Fox



Tuesday, November 12, 1 pm and 7 pm

Twelve year-old Brooklynite Abe Solomon-Odeh (Noah Schnapp, Stranger Things) is half-Israeli Jewish and half-Palestinian Muslim. He spends hours in the kitchen concocting recipes, food blogging, and slipping out of the house to explore New York’s indie food scene. But when it comes to navigating his family’s huge culture clash, he’s at a loss. During one chaotic family dinner, Abe escapes and discovers a street fair and the culinary magic of Chico (Seu Jorge, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), a talented Afro-Brazilian chef. An unlikely friendship helps Abe find his identity and discover how food can bring people together in this charming and poignant feast for the senses.

Comedy/Family, USA, 85 minutes. English

Underwritten by Marlene and Martin Stein



Tickets & additional information: (707) 528-4222


 We would like to thank ALL the 2019 business and individual sponsors who make this festival possible for all of us.