2016 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.

The 2016 Barshop JCC Jewish Film Festival Line-Up
Click on the film title to view details about each film. The Festival will be held Feb. 13-17, 2016 at Santikos Embassy 14. 
Saturday, Jan. 9 | Kick-Off Event @ the JCC
8pm          Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love
**Doors open at 7pm; $10 ticket price includes dessert reception.**
Saturday, February 13 | Film Festival Opening Night
8pm          Sabena Hijacking – My Version
  Sunday, February 14   Monday, February 15
2pm Aya (a short), followed by Haven 2pm Belle & Sebastian
5pm To Life! 5pm Once in a Lifetime
7:30pm Dough 7:30pm Fire Birds
  Tuesday, February 16   Wednesday, February 17
5pm Mountain 5pm Welcome to Leith
7:30pm  Apples from the Desert 7:30pm 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. & Mrs. Kraus
Tickets for the Festival will go on sale Monday, Jan. 4, 2016! 

Film Festival History 
Held annually, typically 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.  

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

*2016 Film Festival Co-Chairs

2016 Sponsors* 

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


Louise & Mike Beldon • Phyllis & Sheldon Braverman • Luann & Larry Cohen • Harry & Dale Eastman • Marcia & Martin Epner • Toni & Richard Goldsmith • Mindi Alterman & Glenn Halff • Mary Lou Daugherty & Dr. Roxanne Henkin • 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 • Bette & Jack Vexler • Sandy & Mel Weingart


Gayle & Stanley Alterman • Kate Badash • Liana & Marvin Barenblat • Marjorie & Joel Baseman • Beverly & Mike Birnbaum • Linda & Stanley Blend • Claire Golden • Jayne & David Gordon • Danna & Jim Halff • Sally Halff • Ruth & Hal Hoine • Yvette Kalter • Jerry & Roxana Kelfer • Drs. Wendy Barker & Steven G. Kellman • Ilene & Steve Kramer • Sandy & Saul Levenshus • Karen & David Palans • Suzanne & Rusty Palmer • Kristy & Alan Petlin • Pulman, Cappuccio, Pullen & Benson, LLP • Daniella & Tibor Ritter • Ray Schneider • Courtney & Steve Silver – Coldwell Banker/D’Ann Harper Realtors •  Ellen & Bob Sims • Rabbi Samuel & Lynn Stahl • Carol & Kenneth Sugarman • Kenneth Train • Leslie & Jon Tramer • Tina & Brian Weiner • Wortham Insurance • Ruthie & Dick Wurzburg

*As of November 19, 2015

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact Allison at 210-302-6828.

For more information about the Barshop JCC Jewish Film Festival, please contact Allison Cornwell at 210-302-6828.