Saturday, April 14 at the Jewish Community Center

Temple Beth El
3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos, CA

Suggested donation $20 per person, $35 per couple, includes all movies and reception. No one turned away for lack of funds!

5:45 pm – Opening Night Reception. Nosh & schmooze with fellow film lovers in the new Litvak wing of the Jewish Community Center. We’ve got a fantastic spread of finger food, fruit, dessert, wine and soft drinks for you to enjoy. Indulge your taste buds as well as your intellect in this opening night fundraiser.

6:45 pm – Chai Time Raffle. Celebrating our 18th year we will be raffling off 18 fabulous prize packages.

7:00 pm  SPRING CHICKEN   –  Irrepressible 95-year old Anny competes for her fourth straight Purim costume contest win.

7:15 pm  JOE’S VIOLIN   –  A violin bridges the distance between a Holocaust survivor and a girl from the Bronx.

7:45 pm  BEN GURION, EPILOGUE  –  In 1968 Israel’s founding father agreed to filmed interviews at his remote home in the Negev desert. The conversations never aired and now, a half-century later, with Israel facing deep questions about its national character, we hear David Ben-Gurion speak on issues of religion, politics, war and peace. “It would be hard to find such toughness, and such sweetness, in a single individual.”  –NY Jewish Week

Sunday, April 15 – Cabrillo College Forum

Cabrillo College Forum
318 Union St. Watsonville, Ca

No admission charge.  Donations gratefully accepted.  For carpool please call or text (831) 818-9076.

1:00 pm  – TIJUANA JEWS   The border city presents a colorful backdrop for the stories of Jewish families dating back to the early 20th century, who blended Jewish and Mexican culture in unique ways.

2:00 pm – FACING FEAR   Nominated for an Academy Award in 2014, this moving documentary explores hate and forgiveness in the amazing story that ensues from the chance meeting of a gay man and the former neo-Nazi skinhead who nearly beat him to death 25 years earlier. Join special guest Matthew Boger, subject of the film, in a moderated discussion afterward.   “Riveting.” – SF Chronicle

Monday, April 16 at Del Mar Theater

Del Mar Theater
1124 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz, Ca

No admission charge. Donations gratefully accepted.

Delight in the kaleidoscope of Jewish identities found in the diverse music of the diaspora, from Tango-infused Klezmer to Hebrew prayers sung in East African harmonies.  “Fascinating eye-opener… filled to the brim with good songs.” – Montreal Gazette

A parking dispute in Jerusalem leads to unanticipated results.

A refreshingly honest romantic comedy starring actors on the autism spectrum in autistic roles. Winner, Best U.S. Narrative Feature & Best New Narrative Director – 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. “A tart and touching love story.” – New York Observer. “Sweet and honest, funny and poignant. The story is intensely personal and wholly universal.” – Bright Lights Film Journal

Tuesday, April 17th at Aegis Aptos Community Room

Aegis Aptos Community Room,
125 Heather Terrace, Aptos, Ca

Refreshments served.  No admission charge.  Donations gratefully accepted.

Holocaust survivor Anny competes for her fourth straight Purim costume contest win.

2:15 pm – GI JEWS: Jewish Americans in WWII    

They fought against fascism and to save their brethren in Europe, but they also waged a more personal fight— for equality and tolerance in the military and at home. With archival footage, photos, and interviews, GI JEWS brings to life the stories of soldiers, airmen, WACs and nurses, from Henry Kissinger of army intelligence to Harold Baumgarten of the Bronx, who drew a big Star of David on his jacket to let the Nazis know who was coming for them, later inspiring the character of Jewish infantryman PFC Mellish in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.

Wednesday, April 18th at Del Mar Theater

Del Mar Theater
1124 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz, Ca

No admission charge.  Donations gratefully accepted.

6:00 pm –  Short films DEAR GOD and AN AVERAGE STORY present wistful looks at life in modern Israel.

Fresh from its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and featuring never-seen-before footage, including the last on-camera conversation with former Israeli president Shimon Peres, OSLO DIARIES recounts a story of political intrigue, fiery rhetoric, unlikely friendships, and the overwhelming desire for peace at the heart of the secret and illegal 1992 – 2010 Oslo negotiations between Israel and the PLO.

Followed by a moderated discussion with Rachel Eryn Kalish, founder of Project Reconnections, a social justice and respectful dialogue project, and a talk by Etai Freedman of MEET, a non-profit organization seeking to create positive social and political change through technology & entrepreneurship across the region.  Don’t miss this informative exchange of ideas for creating a more just society in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Admissions to all showings are on a first come – first seated basis.  Arrive early to assure seating.