Best of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Season 36 | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

Best of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Season 36

Wed, February 1, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We are pleased to bring back this mini-series that highlights the best films from the “double chai” season of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival!

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Best of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Season 36

Four Screenings:
Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22

To purchase tickets, call 415-444-8000

If you missed it in the city, now’s your chance to catch it closer to home in Marin! We are pleased to bring back this mini-series that presents highlights from season 36 of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.


What is Israeli cuisine? Michael Solomonov (Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, 2016 James Beard Cookbook of the Year) explores a diverse world of food drawn from more than 100 cultures. Chefs, farmers, vintners, fishermen, cheese makers and home cooks discuss their roots and show their specialties that both preserve and update traditional recipes using global inspiration. Through the 1970s most recipes were bland and ingredients mediocre. As immigrants came to Israel they brought new and traditional ideas and flavors, and people began to be more adventurous in what they ate. Jews were introduced to Arab cuisine, resulting in both a mutual appreciation and frustration of the cross-cultural culinary influences. Solomonov, born in Israel but raised in the U.S., goes to local farms and visits people’s kitchens to taste and learn about regional cooking differences. He asks what makes a meal kosher and sees how Shabbat dinners are changing. He shows how ancient agricultural methods and high-tech agronomy now influence the way the world eats. Uniquely and lovingly prepared shakshuka, boreka, maqluba, the Palestinian kibbe el babour, couscous, surprising seafood dishes and a kugel that challenges expectations are just a few of the irresistible dishes shown being prepared. Solomonov’s self-deprecating sense of humor and deep knowledge of local food traditions make him the perfect guide. Warning: This movie will make you hungry! 
—Gary Meyer 

Running Time: 97 minutes
Hebrew & English / English subtitles


Not since Gideon’s Raff’s acclaimed Prisoners of War (SFJFF 2013) has there been such a provocative and compelling espionage thriller on Israeli TV. Fox International Channels picked up False Flag for global distribution in 127 countries, a first for a non-English-language series. In this story that could have been ripped from today’s headlines, five ordinary Israeli citizens with dual nationalities wake up one morning to discover that they are suspects in a high profile kidnapping. News channels around the world cover the incident, broadcasting video footage of the Iranian minister of defense being kidnapped during a secret visit to Moscow. Their passport photos flash across screens and the unrelenting news coverage turns their world upside down. The five Israelis are soon taken into custody. All attempts to deny involvement are in vain. Through a series a of twists and turns even loved ones begin to question, could they be guilty? False flags are covert government procedures designed to deceive the public into believing that the operation was carried out by another entity. Who is behind the event that threatens to be the next big international crisis?
—Lexi Leban

Running Time: 2 episodes at 45 minutes each
Hebrew with English subtitles


Shtisel is a family melodrama that looks like Modern Family put on a kippah and went to Jerusalem. The show, which combines Haredi traditions and popular television tropes, has been a critical and commercial success with the most secular as well as the most devout of audiences. Season 2 once again follows Shulem, his son Akiva and the Shtisel clan as they navigate adolescence, engagement, sibling ties and the culture of death and dying. Not to mention good old forbidden romance! Much like the broad range of ages in the show, Shtisel appeals to anyone who is a fan of love, be it for romantic, religious or family reasons. This show is a sneak peek behind the curtain in the shul bringing the Orthodox to the secular and popular culture to those under the tzitzit. After earning numerous Israeli Academy of Film and Television awards for its first season, Shtisel’s second season is primed to wow again, bringing another dose of drama, sarcastic humor and a loving family of a different sort to screens of all denominations.
—Maya Lekach

Running Time: 2 episodes at 47 minutes each
Hebrew with English subtitles


Today, Europe’s fastest growing Jewish population is in Berlin. Germany is considered one of the most democratic societies in the world, assuming the position of moral leader of Europe as they embrace hundreds of thousands of refugees. This development couldn’t have been imagined in 1945. Through personal stories Germans & Jews explores Germany’s transformation as a society, from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on. Unexpectedly, a nuanced story of reconciliation emerges. What began as a private conversation between the two filmmakers and friends, Tal Recanati (Jewish) and Janina Quint (non-Jewish German), grew into a cultural exchange among many and we realize that the two people are inextricably linked through the memory of the Holocaust. Germans and Jews is at once uncomfortable and provocative, unexpected and enlightening.
—Seth Barron

Running Time: 76 minutes
English & German / English subtitles

Films we be presented in the Hoyt Theater
at the Osher Marin JCC
Popcorn & treats sold at each film

To purchase tickets, call 415-444-8000


  • Series of 4 films: $36 (25% off when you purchase the series! Same price for members and public)

  • Drop-In: $12 (same price for members and public)

  • Children 17 & under: $10