Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival

Opening October 2014


The Sabes JCC and the St. Paul JCC are thrilled to announce the kick-off the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival, formerly the Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival, scheduled to open in October, 2014.

A partnership of the Sabes JCC and the St. Paul JCC, this festival promises to bring the broader community together as a showcase for feature films, documentaries and shorts from around the world on themes of Jewish culture and identity. This year’s event also includes community events paired with each film to create an enhanced experience, inspire dialog and provide meaningful moments of community engagement.

“We are so proud of the Festival’s rich past,” said Joshua Wert, CEO of the Sabes JCC. “Having just celebrated our 20th Anniversary season, we knew that it was time to build on this success and move the festival beyond the Minneapolis community.”

Executive Director of the St. Paul JCC, Michael Waldman added, “We are thrilled to be a part of the future of the festival. Our two JCC’s share a common purpose and vision. While we maintain a commitment to the local communities that we serve, together we are able to reach a broader spectrum on the community for innovative and excellent programming. By working together, everyone wins.”

The 2014 Twin Cities Film Festival will be chaired by Walter Elias and Tom Cytron-Hysom. Walter has been the chair of the Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival since its inception and brings great knowledge, experience, and a love for film to the role. Tom is a member of the St. Paul JCC’s Executive Committee and has chaired the St. Paul Book Fair (now the Twin Cities Book Fair). The festival staff will be led by Co-Directors Todd Bruse (Sabes) and Katherine Tane (St. Paul).

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or sponsor, please contact Todd or Katherine at

The Sabes Jewish Community Center and the St Paul Jewish Community Center are multifaceted organizations offering educational, social, cultural, recreational, and fitness to the entire community. Program and service areas include early childhood education, health & fitness, recreation, Jewish arts & humanities, senior services, afterschool programs, day camp, special events and more.