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About the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival

Our Mission:
To illuminate global Jewish experiences through film.

Behind The Scenes:
What’s really remarkable about the CJFF is that it is a volunteer–led festival. The individuals and organizations who create the festival do so out of a love for Jewish film and a desire to view them with the greater community.

Ten screenings will be presented this year — dramas, documentaries and comedies — in which Jewish life in all its variety will be displayed. This year’s movies were chosen with the broader human experience in mind and encompass many themes that are universal to people of all faiths and walks of life. Don’t miss out…these wonderful movies are not otherwise being screened in Charlotte. So grab a friend and a bucket of popcorn and treat yourself to an evening (or afternoon) of quality entertainment! See you at the movies!

The 2009 CJFF is brought to you by the Charlotte Chapter of Hadassah and the Levine Jewish Community Center. This project was made possible, in part, through a Community Cultural Connections grant from the Arts and Science Council and the Grassroots Program of the North Carolina Arts Council (a state agency). Generous support from the The Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte also supports the festival.

The Charlotte Chapter of Hadassah created the festival in conjunction with the Light Factory in 2005. The following year, the Levine JCC became a community partner and in 2007, the Arts and Science Council, the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, Temple Beth El, Temple Israel, and the Consolidated High School for Jewish Studies followed suit. In 2008, the Mint Museum of Art and Mecklenburg Ministries joined on as community partners as well. This year, the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival is pleased to reach out to the community and welcomes the Latin American Coalition, Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Libraries and the Lake Norman Jewish community as new community partners.

In 2005, Diamonds Direct became the film festival’s first corporate sponsor. Since then, numerous companies, stores and businesses have added their support. Please see our sponsors page for a full listing.

Some Fun Facts About Us:
• The First Annual CJFF screened two films in one evening to a sold-out crowd of 140.
• The Second Annual CJFF screened five films over two days to sold-out audiences of 400.
• The Third Annual CJFF showed ten films over nine days with audiences totalling 1,000!
• The Fourth Annual CJFF screened nine films to audiences totaling 1,300!
• In 2009, the Arts & Science Council increased its support of the CJFF with a $8,200 Community Cultural Connections grant award.

Join the Team:
The CJFF is made possible by our volunteers, community partners and sponsors. To join our team, email our Volunteer Coordinator, Ellyn Gross,

Executive Committee (2009):

Co-Directors: Debby Block, Jodi Werner Greenwald, Ellyn Gross
Marketing Director: Shari Baum
Volunteer Coordinator: Ellyn Gross
Film Curators: Debby Block and Amy Montoni
Treasurer: Emily Patrick
Patron Relations: Phyllis Berlin, Sharon Nova
Recording Secretary: Lynne Cojac
Ticketing: Michelle Bamford, Nanette McCranie
E-communications: Paula Randolph
Web Designer: Lena Lumelsky (Woland Technology)
Reception Chair: Jaynee Bernstein
Legal Counsel and Young Adult Event: Jill Dinerman (Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP)
Hadassah Liaison: Phyllis Berlin
Light Factory Liaison: Wendy Fishman
Grantwriting Chair: Jennifer Greenwald
Survey: Paula Randolph, Lee Gross
Adult Programming Director, Levine JCC: Jodi Valenstein
Creative Director, Levine JCC: Ashley Cooke
Marketing Director, Levine JCC: Kelly Reed Keeling
Financial Services Director, Levine JCC: Daphne Williams
Security Advisor: Corey Riddley
Members-at-large: Leigh Rose, Joan Rasmussen, Morry Alter, Amy Terkel


Film Selection
Debby Block, Co-chair
Amy Montoni, Co-chair
Lynne Cojac
Jackie Fishman
Wendy Fishman
Matthew Gordan
Cat Levine
Sherry Palmberg
Michael Swanson

Debby Block
Phyllis Berlin
Leigh Rose

Jill Blumenthal
Moira Quinn-Klein
Natalie Tunney
Laurie Gersh

Jaynee Bernstein
Penny Krieger
Brenda Gale
Janet Lefkowitz
Melanie Baron
Natalie Tunney
Barbara Kern
Alicia Salmona
Joyce Stoll

Judy Abramson, Bob Altman, Fern Altman, Sandy Altschuler, Naomi Bosley, Bunny Bramson, Laurie Dennis, Leslie Englander, Jackie Fishman, Gordon Frank, Mimi Frank, Shirley Frank, Barbara Goldberg, Doris Green, Linda Greenfield, Lee Gross, Sarah Grossman, Gail Halverson, Helaine Jankowitz, Barbara Kern, Penny Krieger, Robin Leavitt, Alan Lemkin, Gail Brooks-Lemkin, Irene Lichstein, Audrey Madans, Shari Marcus, Charlotte Miller, Jerry Miller, Sheila Peltzer, Jane Rabinovitz. Toby Ruda, Audree Spatz, Marty Spatz, Alicia Salmona, Adrienne Spindel, Herb Spindel, Joyce Stoll, Nancy Tarbis, Natalie Tunney, Amalia Warshenbrot

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