About the Jewish Film Festival


The Barshop JCC Jewish Film Festival promotes Jewish values and diversity through the medium of film, striving to entertain, educate, and raise community awareness of Jewish identity, history, and culture.

Held annually in February, the Jewish Film Festival was conceived in 2001 by Mel Pomerantz, whose persistent efforts brought it to life. Films are selected through an arduous process that includes identifying, researching, and screening over eighty films to select the best to present to our community.  We thank our loyal patrons for returning to the Festival year-after-year.   

The Festival has been held at a number of locations, including the Barshop Jewish Community Center in the Holzman Auditorium, the Santikos Bijou Cinema Bistro, and our current home, the Santikos Embassy 14 (shown above at the 2014 Festival).  

Some of our guest speakers at past Film Festivals have included local Holocaust educator Maxine Cohen, Gaylen Ross, director of the film Killing Kasztner, local author, UTSA professor, and Film Festival committee member Steven G. Kellman, Ph.D., TAMUSA professor, author, and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the San Antonio Holocaust Memorial Museum Dr. Edward B. Westermann, filmmaker Emily Kunstler, and numerous others.


Jolene Davis,
Alice Thorner,
Mindi Alterman Wendy Barker, Ph.D. 
Susan Blumenthal Clarance Dickinson
Neal Kavy Steven G. Kellman, Ph.D.
Seymour Palans Alan Petlin
Ann Pomerantz Carol Sugarman
Sandy Weingart

Committee members at the 2014 Festival.


If you have questions about the Jewish Film Festival, contact Arts & Culture Director, Aliyah Kuchinsky.

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