February 25 & March 3, 10, 17, 18, 24, & 25

Welcome to the 15th Annual Ventura County Jewish Film Festival. Ventura, California, the county seat of Ventura County, is an hour’s drive north of Los Angeles. It is located along the scenic southern-most part of California’s beautiful Central Coast. Ventura is known for its majestic beauty and Mediterranean climate.

We are proud to celebrate fourteen years of film screenings that represent the best of contemporary Jewish-related movies from around the world. Our committee of volunteers works year round to carefully select the highest quality full-length features, documentaries, and short films for your enlightenment and entertainment.

6 movies (March 3, 10, 17, 18, 24, & 25) including brotherhood brunch
(At the door – $18.00)
FREE Event – Big Sonia Sun., Feb 25 at TBT 2 PM

Tickets may be purchased by mailing a check to:

Ventura County Jewish Film Festival
℅ Temple Beth Torah
7620 Foothill Road
Ventura, CA 93004

Upcoming Films

Bye Bye Germany

Director: Sam Garbarski
102 Minutes
2017, Germany | Luxembourg | Belgium / German | English with English subtitles
$15 advanced purchase, $18 at the door
Sponsored by Joel & Arlene Goldenberg, & Goldenberg Family Dentistry

Saturday, March 24, 2018
7 PM
Regency Buenaventura 6, 1440 Eastman Ave., Ventura 93003

Bye Bye Germany In post-war Frankfurt, David Bermann and his surviving Jewish friends use their charms selling bed linens door-to-door to make money to immigrate to America. But smooth-talking Bermann meets his match when attractive US officer Sara Simon interrogates him about his wartime past.


Director: Ori Sivan
97 Minutes
2016, Israel / Hebrew with English subtitles
$15 advanced purchase, $18 at the door
Sponsored by The Sehati Family &
Jewelry Couture by Sehati
Special guests: Santa Barbara’s Flor De Kanela, will perform a lively concert of Sephardic music following the film.

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Brotherhood Sponsored Brunch At Noon with screening and concert to follow
Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura, CA 93004

Harmonia Sad Sarah, the harpist of the Jerusalem Philharmonic ,is married to Abraham the conductor of the orchestra. They have no children. When Hagar, a young horn-player from East Jerusalem joins the Western side Orchestra, Sarah’s world changes. The two women are irresistibly attracted to each other, developing a unique friendship that is challenged when Hagar offers Sarah to have a baby for her, from Abraham. When the baby is born, Hagar leaves the orchestra and the newborn child with Sarah and Abraham. Twelve years pass. Ben is 12, a phenomenal pianist, yet wild and uncontrollable. Ben resists all his mother’s (Sarah) efforts to impose discipline upon him. Something is wrong, he feels it deep inside. At the same time Sarah gets pregnant at her late forties, and gives birth to Isaac. When Isaac is 3, it is the right time for Hagar to return to the orchestra. The reunion of Hagar and Sarah is sweet yet sour. Ben was never told the truth about the way he was brought to the world. When the secret is reveled to Ben, an unexpected series of events lead to the fated ending. Harmonia is inspired by the biblical story from the book of Genesis, giving a feminine interpretation to the story of the “mothers” and their two half brother boys. By that, challenging the metaphoric origin of the historic clash between the two conflicted peoples, now seeking harmony through the world of classical music.