San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 36

CBS is delighted to co-present three films
included in the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 36!

SFJFF36-Twitter-optimized Celebrating its 36th year – chai, don't you know?! – the SFJFF is the oldest Jewish film festival in the world and among the most highly regarded, as well. This year, the festival runs July 21 – August 7, 2016, and we encourage you to check out as many of the movies as you can.

If you can only catch a few of the screenings, we recommend the three that we're co-presenting. Learn more below.

isaiah_sheffer_2_-_h_2016Art & Heart: The World of Isaiah Sheffer
Art & Heart, a spirited documentary film by Catherine Tambini, celebrates the life of Isaiah Sheffer, the founding artistic director of Symphony Space and host of Selected Shorts on public radio. Sheffer inspired everyone from Leonard Nimoy to Stephen Colbert. During screenings of Art & Heart, Director Catherine Tambini and producers Ethel Sheffer and Gina Leonetti will be present. (USA; 2016; 50 minutes)

Screening locations & dates:
Cinearts | Wednesday, July 27, 3:20 p.m.
Castro Theatre | Thursday, July 28, 1:30 p.m.
Roda Theatre | Friday, July 29, 1:40 p.m.


There Are Jews HereThere Are Jews Here
This quirky and poignant documentary examines the challenges of Jewish life in small­-town America. Focusing on four tiny Jewish communities, directors Brad Lichtenstein and Morgan Elise Johnson examine in intimate detail what happens to a congregation when there are scarcely enough Jews left to form a quorum for religious activities, much less to maintain a vibrant community. The film offers an unusual and intriguing look at a segment of American Jewish life that is rarely examined. During screenings of There Are Jews Here that take place in San Francisco and Berkeley, Director Brad Lichtenstein will be present. (USA; 2016; 90 minutes)

Screening locations & dates:
Cinearts | Tuesday, July 26, 1:45 p.m.
Castro Theatre | Saturday, July 30, 2:10 p.m.
Roda Theatre | Monday, August 1, 3:40 p.m.


Shtisel Season 2Shtisel: Season 2
Shtisel is a family melodrama that looks like Modern Family put on a kippah and went to Jerusalem. This melodrama returns to SFJFF for its second season. The critical and commercial success combines Haredi traditions and popular television tropes. Season 2 again follows the Shtisel clan as they navigate adolescence, engagement, sibling ties, and death. Whether for romantic, religious, or family reasons, Shtisel appeals to fans of love across all ages. (Israel; 2015; 2 x 47 minutes)

Screening locations & dates:
Castro Theatre | Friday, July 22, 2:05 p.m.
Cinearts | Saturday, July 23, 2:20 p.m.
Roda Theatre | Thursday, August 4, 4:20 p.m.
Smith Rafael | Friday, August 5, 2:10 p.m.


This summer, hop on the J Train and "celebrate the full spectrum of Jewish identity, life and thought"! For ticket information, please contact the box office at 415.621.0523 or visit the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival online.