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Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival Film Screenings at the 418 Project

Saturday, May 13, 2023 22 Iyar 5783

6:35 PM - 9:00 PM

The Santa Cruz Film Jewish Film Festival returns with films about Jews, sports, nature and peaceful co-existence

Films will screen at the 418 Project (the former Riverfront Theater)155 So. River St., Santa Cruz. Arrive early to assure seating

Mark your calendar for Saturday evening May 13, 7 to 9:30 pm, when the Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival returns for one night only! An exciting lineup of short films will be screened, concluding with filmmaker Josh Greene presenting his Student Oscar-nominated film "WAVES APART", which examines the anti-Semitic influences on surfing that have tainted the inherent beauty and comradery of the sport.  The film is getting great reviews at Jewish Film Festivals all over.

Other short films to be presented evoke themes of overcoming challenges, love of sport, and appreciating nature. You can view the trailer for any of these films by clicking on the still photos below.

These films cannot currently be seen in theaters or streaming. Admission is free but seating will be first-come, first seated. You can reserve a seat for a $100 donation using this link 


Paddling For Life                               

The Pink Lionesses are a women's group that trains and races Dragon Boats on the Kineret (the Sea of Galilee) and the Yarkon River, Israel. Their common bond? They are all survivors of breast cancer. Their caring and camaraderie, despite age and cultural differences, are an inspiration to live a competitive yet compassionate life.




Wings of Change        

"Israel's Birdman", a lightly religious, authoritative man with rugged Israeli charm and the persuasion skills of a salesman, is the primary defender of bird habitat in the region. Even the Israeli Air Force consults with him to protect planes, pilots, and birds. He is virtually the only ground breaker in talks with Palestinians and Jordanians in the battle for coexistence, with the aid of barn owls as natural pest exterminators.


Schedule of events May 13, 2023

6:35  Doors open.




9:00  Q & A with Josh Greene, filmmaker of Waves Apart

No admission charged, but seating is limited. Please arrive early. Reserved seating is available with a $100 donation.

If you cannot be seated at the event you will be provided with links and passwords to view the films on your own through midnight, May 15.

For up-to-the minute information on seating visit our Facebook page,

If you have questions about the event please email

Jewish Film Night is a function of Temple Beth El and is sponsored by the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and donors like YOU. Donate to the Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival here. We look forward to seeing you on May 13!

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