Israeli Film Festival 2019

(Past Event)



MARCH 3 - 31



Welcome to the 4th
JCC Sonoma County

Every year the JFF reviews a large number of great Israeli films, but we cannot show all of them for programming reasons. Many of you told us that you wanted more.

That is why we established the Israeli Film Festival, to allow us to bring the best of Israel’s robust and prolific film industry to you. Foreign language films seldom make it to theaters in our area, so film festivals are your best chance to catch the really good ones.

 And this year we have a wonderful offering.


Season Passes and Individual tickets ON SALE NOW!!!

A limited number of tickets will be available at the Rialto Cinemas® box office on the day of the show. 
Prices at the door - Matinee $11, Evening show $14.


Tickets & additional information (707) 528-4222


And Then She Arrived
Tues. March 5, 1:00 and 7:00 pm

Dan Freilich is quite sure his future is planned out for the next 50 years - he is going to marry his high school sweetheart and work in his father’s law firm. But then Meirav Levi arrives. The chance encounter with the free-spirited waitress from a Kurdish Jerusalem family turns his world upside down, and leaves him questioning his choices and his path in life. Will he be able to follow his yearning for something more, in spite of the pressures from those closest to him? What is his true path?

Based on the life story of music journalist Shai Lahav.

Romantic Comedy, Israel, 2017, 100 min.
Hebrew with English subtitles



Tues. March 12, 1:00 and 7:00 pm

Meirav and her husband are on their way to a ceremony where he will receive a prestigious research award, when he is detained by the police. Noa, his most promising doctoral student, has accused him of sexual coercion. The film brings many perspectives about this topic, but the story is Meirav’s to resolve, deciding between her feelings toward her husband and her need to protect her children - between women’s solidarity and family cohesion.
A timely #MeToo film that raises many universal dilemmas women and men are dealing with today.

Drama, Israel, 2018, 82 min.
Hebrew with English subtitles


The Testament
Tues. March 19, 1:00 and 7:00 pm

Yoel, a leading Holocaust scholar, is trying to stop an urban development project in Austria where he believes a massacre of Jews took place. Despite evidence of a systematic cover-up and after many excavations, he is still unable to find the mass grave. During his painstaking investigation, the face of his mother appears unexpectedly in a restricted file, uncovering a secret that undermines Yoel’s entire identity. As a historian, he is deeply opposed to any relativism around the idea of objective truth. Will Yoel bring justice to the victims? Will he and his family pay the price of revealing the truth?

Drama, Israel/Austria, 2017, 88 min.
Hebrew/English/Ger/Yiddish with English subtitles


Here is a short interview about the film The Testament the JCC's film program director, Doron Hovav, had on Sonoma Spotlight at KRCB:




 The Amazing Journey
  Tues. March 26, 1:00 and 7:00 pm

For 7 years, chef Israel Aharoni and megastar Gidi Gov have been traveling the world for Israeli TV, learning about cultures through their food and the people who make it. Now, for the first time, they come to explore the US. Our very own Doron Hovav, the JCC’s Film Festival Program Director, spent three months on their team as a producer - researching locations, people, and foods, then filming with the crew on a continuous road trip from coast to coast. You’ll be the first in America to watch an episode and hear behind the scenes stories, insights, and anecdotes about the making of this hit show.

TV show, U.S./Israel, 2019, 80 min.
Hebrew/English with English subtitles



 A really important element of the charm and success of the show is who Aharoni and Gidi are, and the hilarious dynamics between the two. Here is a little introduction to the talent behind The Amazing Journey.

Here is a short interview about The Amazing Journey with the JCC's film festival program director, Doron Hovav, on Sonoma Spotlight at KRCB:





Screenings will take place Tuesdays, 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm, March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2019 

Online Ticket Sales NOW! 

All screenings will be held at Rialto Cinemas®
6868 McKinley Street, Sebastopol
A limited number of tickets will be available on the day of the show at Rialto Cinemas box office.
Prices at the door - Matinee $11, Evening show $14.
Shows do sell out. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

Make it easy - buy online

The theater is wheelchair accessible. 
Call Doron Hovav at (707) 526-5538 to reserve a wheelchair spot.

Tickets & additional information (707) 528-4222


We would like to thank the 2019 Israeli Film Festival Sponsors, who make bringing these films to Sonoma County Possible:

Martin Bauman
Couple and Family Psychotherapy, Psychiatry

Alfred and Suzanne Batzdorf

Berni Baxter
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Ellen Blustein
ED, JCC Sonoma County

Karen Miriam Chambliss-Abraham

Congregation Ner Shalom

Dan Fryer

Alisa and Harrold Goldberg
HG Advisors, Inc.

Alan Hyman

Judi Hyman

Israeli Consulate General San Francisco

Sue Kamins

DeAnna L’am

Mark Miller
Mensch with a Wrench

Lori Pahler and Joe Pogar

Ellen Robin and Michael Katz

Sandy Smith and Jerry Terhune

Marlene & Martin Stein

Ani Weaver
La Voz Bilingual Newspaper

Sapir & Jane Weiss
Olivet Kennel and Dog Training Resort

Gordon Zlot

Ofer Zur
Zur Institut