Houston Jewish Film Festival

Houston Jewish Film Festival

March 8-23, 2014

The Annual Houston Jewish Film Festival, presented with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is intended to expose the community to current documentary, feature and short movies with meaningful Jewish or Israeli content. Films will cover a diverse range of cultural, religious or historical topics of Jewish relevance and are expected to educate, inform and entertain a wide general audience.  Learn more

View brochures from past Houston Jewish Film Festivals   
2014  2013   2012   2011   2010    2009   2008    2007    2006    2005 


Life in StillsLife in Stills

Thursday, April 24 • 8:00 PM 
Life in Stills was the Houston Jewish Film Festival 2013 Audience Choice Winner and will be re-screened in conjunction with the art exhibit in the Deutser Art Gallery, Your Fortunate Eyes – Photographs by Rudi Weissenstein. 

At the age of 96, photo shop owner Miriam Weissenstein never imaged that she would be facing a new chapter in her life. But when the shop – her late husband’s Rudi’s life’s work – was destined for demolition, even this opinionated and uncompromising woman knew she needed help. Under the cloud of a family tragedy, a special relationship is forged between Miriam and her grandson, Ben, as they join forces to save the shop and its nearly one million negatives that document Israel’s defining moments. Ben and Miriam embark on a heart-wrenching journey, comprising many humorous and touching moments.

$8 Member, Senior / $10 Public
FREE for Patrons of the Arts 
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Summer Israeli Film Series

During the summer months the Houston Jewish Film Festival joins forces with the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest to bring the Summer Israeli Film Series to Houston. This series showcases Israeli films that have completed the film festival circuit. They are shown on a monthly basis at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. 
View line-ups from past Summer Israeli Film Series   
2013   2012    2011    2010    2009   2008    2007    2006 

Film Series at the Annual Book & Arts Fair 

The Annual Book & Arts Fair is known to be one of the largest community-wide events in Houston. Why not have films as part of the Fair? The film chosen as the Audience Choice award during the Annual Jewish Film Festival usually makes an encore appearance as well as other stellar choices. 

Jewish Film Club 

The Jewish Film Club features monthly screenings of classic and contemporary films that highlight Jewish characters or themes. All films will be shown in the Kaplan Theatre. A discussion of each film, facilitated by Rabbi Samantha Safran, will follow. Coffee and snacks will be provided for the discussion. For more information, please contact Morgan Steinberg at or 713.729.3200 ext. 3244.  Learn more


The Kaplan Theatre is located in the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center’s IW Marks Theatre Center, the Gerald Rauch Cultural & Performing Arts Wing. All screenings are $8 Member, Patron of the Arts / $10 Public / $1 discount for students and seniors unless otherwise notes. For tickets please call 713.551.7255. 

For more information on ERJCC's film programs, please contact Amy Rahmani at or 713.729.3200 ext. 3299.