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Thanks to You, More Inspiring is Set for 2022-2023!

Welcome to the Independent Jewish World Cinema (IJWC), the parent non-profit of the East Bay International Jewish Film Festival. Your response to our year-round events and Film Festival programming has been very heart-warming. Thanks to your positive feedback, we are already planning a robust, hybrid Festival in March 2023, with film showings both in-person and online. In addition, we continue to plan an exciting (and diverse) line-up of year-round events, including the Around the World with Fred series, film-related lectures, and film analysis by Galit Roichman and Lynne Thorner. Our monthly (and sometimes two times a month) film and lecture programs will expand your understanding and appreciation of cinema.

Hopefully as the pandemic continues to lessen over the coming months and/or a more effective vaccine becomes available, we will be able to return to more and more in-person experiences while still presenting many programs online with both local speakers and those who live outside our immediate area. In the fall, we will partner with the Jewish Partisan Education Foundation on an in-person teacher training event and in January/February with the East Bay Holocaust Education Center on programming for Violins of Hope. That programming will be held both at Livermore's Bankhead Theater and at local high schools. This fall, several of our film/lecture programs will focus on Israeli history, covering such topics as the 75th anniversary of the famous ship Exodus 1947; the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre; the ideological battle as to whether Israel should accept or reject German reparations; and David Ben-Gurion's decision to declare Israel's independence in May 1948 despite opposition from Secretary of State George Marshall and some even within his own party.

Our ability to bring YOU such quality content is due to the generosity of our individual, corporate and organizational donors. If possible, please consider making a donation as ticket sales account for less than 35% of the actual cost of our programs. 

As always, thank you for building community with us...one amazing film at a time.

Beth Harris Hoenninger, President
Independent Jewish World Cinema

Riva Gambert, Director

East Bay International Jewish Film Festival

July 2022