JDC Films from the Field: Ethiopia

YAD and JDC Entwine are teaming up for an event at this year's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival to celebrate global Jewry and elevate the stories of the Ethiopian community.

Join us on the closing night of the film festival, Sunday, July 28. We will start the night at Spark Arts at 5:00 pm with a pre-movie reception with refreshments, socializing, and an opportunity to hear from Amir Shaviv, Assistant Executive Vice-President for Special Operations of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), about JDC's covert Operation Solomon, which airlifted over 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel in 1991.

Following the reception will head to the Castro Theatre for the closing night screening of The Red Sea Diving Resort which tells the story of a group of international agents and brave Ethiopians who in the early 80s used a deserted holiday retreat in Sudan as a front to smuggle thousands of refugees to Israel.

Get more info on the film and tickets to the screening

July 28, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Spark Arts
4229 18th Street
San Francisco


Organized By: 
YAD of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
JDC Entwine
Event Contact Person: 
Joey Blatt
Amir Shaviv
Amir Shaviv is the Assistant Executive Vice-President for Special Operations of the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Rescue and Relief Arm of the American Jewish community. Established in 1914, JDC now operates in some seventy countries, originating and managing humanitarian programs helping Jews and non-sectarian populations.

Shaviv is a twenty- seven year veteran of JDC, he participated in the planning and execution of major Rescue operations of JDC (Ethiopia, Yemen, Syria, Sarajevo, Kosovo). He traveled extensively visiting and working with Jewish communities across the JDC-world.

Formerly a newscaster for Israeli Television, Shaviv covered news and produced documentaries on a wide variety of issues. He was a war correspondent during the 1973 war in the Middle East. He graduated cum laude from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Political Science and International Relations).