Barshop JCC 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.

Film Festival History 
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, Pilot Gino Narboni, and numerous others. 

The Sequel 
In addition to the annual Jewish Film Festival in February, the JCC features extra film screenings throughout the year.This series of films, also selected by the Festival Committee, is aptly called "The Sequel," and offers the community the opportunity to enjoy cinema outside of the Film Festival. The JCC also hosts a number of Film Events throughout the year in conjunction with Jewish holidays, special celebrations, and more.

Upcoming Screenings

Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story | Saturday, May 9 | 8pm (Doors open at 7:30pm) Barshop JCC Holzman Auditorium | Tickets - $10

Follow the life and surprisingly controversial career of legendary comedian David Steinberg, from his beginnings on the stage at Second City, to a record number of appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, to directing behind the camera on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, and more. 

Directed by Barry Avrich | Run time: 75 min. | USA | 2013 | Language: English | Documentary

Your $10 ticket includes coffee and desserts, in addition to this fun film. Advanced ticket sales have ended, but tickets will be available for purchase at the event beginning at 7:30pm when doors open.

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

*2016 Film Festival Co-Chairs

2015 Sponsors 

Elsa Barshop • Jolene & Steve Davis • Gail & Robert Gurwitz • Dana & Bruce Hendin • Mary Sue & Maurie Kern • The Lazarus Foundation Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation • Ann Pomerantz • Laura & Jack Richmond • Sandra & Stanley Rosenberg • Cherie & Joe Shulter • Gloria & Gerald Silber • Barbara & Stanley Spigel • Francie & Harris Sterling • Alice & Richard Thorner • Bette & Jack Vexler • Maxine & Dick Zucker


Louise & Mike Beldon • Phyllis & Sheldon Braverman • Luann & Larry Cohen • Dale & Harry Eastman • Toni & Richard Goldsmith • Mindi Alterman & Glenn Halff • Mary Lou Daugherty & Roxanne Henkin • Cary & Jeff Kavy • Rochelle & David Lefton • Shirley & Charles Lerner • Danny Markson • Louise Mandel & Brant Mittler • Judy & Seymour Palans • Bari & Arthur Rosenthal • Bonnie Reed & Stu Schlossberg • Phyllis Davis & Leonard Seidner • Sherie & Anatole Trakhtenbroit • Sandy & Mel Weingart


Adante Senior Living • Gayle & Stanley Alterman • Kate Badash • Marjorie & Joel Baseman • Beverly & Mike Birnbaum • Linda & Stanley Blend • Susan & Steve Butler - Darilek Butler & Co. • Claire Golden • Jayne & David Gordon • Danna & Jim Halff • Sally Halff • Ruth & Hal Hoine • Yvette Kalter • Shirley & Alex Katzman • Emily & Rob Kaufman - New Balance • Roxana & Jerry Kelfer • Wendy Barker & Steven G. Kellman • Barbara & Herbert Keyser • Robin Thorner & John LoCurto • Karen & David Palans • Suzanne & Rusty Palmer • Kristy & Alan Petlin • Pulman, Cappuccio, Pullen, Benson, & Jones, LLP • Daniella & Tibor Ritter • Courtney & Steve Silver - Coldwell Banker/D'Ann Harper Realtors • Ross/Stern Families • Ellen & Bob Sims • Lynn & Samuel Stahl • Carol & Kenneth Sugarman • Leslie & Jon Tramer • Tina & Brian Weiner • Janet & Joe Westheimer - Wortham Group • Ginny Wind • Ruthie & Dick Wurzburg

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities for the 2016 Festival, contact Carisa Heiss at 210-302-6866.

For more information about the Barshop JCC Jewish Film Festival, please contact Lauren Ross at 210-302-6865.