Established in 2000, the Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival was inspired by the mutual love of Jewish film and baseball.  We began with a single film,  The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, about the first Jewish ballplayer in the major leagues.

With support from sponsors, community partners, volunteers, and patrons, the SCJFF has blossomed into a highly regarded cultural event.  The festival is operated under the 501(c)3 charter of  the Santa Cruz Jewish Community Center, Temple Beth El of Aptos.


Our mission is to bring high quality Jewish-themed independent films to Santa Cruz.  We proudly share the richness and diversity of the Jewish experience through the magical lens of film.

We seek to increase awareness of Jewish culture, history, and identity while building bridges across the spectrum of humanity. 

We seek to entertain our audiences with globally diverse, award-winning feature and documentary films that encourage dialogue among people and promote empathy with the Jewish experience.

We respect all peoples and cultures and do not advocate or promote any political position or religion.