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.

Tickets on sale now!

For more information, call 210-302-6820. New this year! All patrons will receive reserved seating*.

 The 2016 Barshop JCC Jewish Film Festival
Feb. 13-17, 2016 | Santikos Embassy 14
Click on the film title to view details about each film. 

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

Ready to purchase tickets? Call 210-302-6820 to speak with a ticket agent, or request yours online!

*At this time, most films have select seating available in Rows A-G; all other seats have been reserved for all films. From time to time, seats may become available. Patrons are welcome to call the JCC to check seat availability in the upper section of the theatre.

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 & Bob Hutchens • Mary Sue & Maurie Kern • The Lazarus Foundation Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation • Ann Pomerantz • Laura & Jack Richmond • Cherie & Joe Shulter • Gloria & Gerald Silber • Barbara & Stanley Spigel • Francie & Harris Sterling • Alice & Richard Thorner • Maxine & Dick Zucker


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


Gayle & Stanley Alterman • Marjorie & Joel Baseman • Beverly & Mike Birnbaum • Linda & Stanley Blend • Darilek, Butler & Co. - Susan & Steve Butler • Claire Golden • Jayne & David Gordon • Danna & Jim Halff • Sally Halff • Ruth & Hal Hoine • Susan Jacobson • Yvette Kalter • Roxana & Jerry Kelfer • Drs. Wendy Barker & Steven G. Kellman • Stephen J. Kramer Architecture + Design - Ilene & Steve Kramer • Sandy & Saul Levenshus • Massage Heights at Deerfield Crossing • Karen & David Palans • Suzanne & Rusty Palmer • Kristy & Alan Petlin • Pulman, Cappuccio, Pullen, Benson & Jones, LLP • Daniella & Tibor Ritter • Ray Schneider • Courtney & Steve Silver – Coldwell Banker/D’Ann Harper Realtors • Ellen & Bob Sims • Lynn & Rabbi Samuel Stahl • Carol & Kenneth Sugarman • Kenneth Train • Leslie & Jon Tramer • Tina & Brian Weiner • Ginny Wind • Wortham Insurance • Ruthie & Dick Wurzburg

*As of January 7, 2016

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.