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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.

Nine Feature screenings will be presented this year — dramas, documentaries and comedies — in which Jewish life in all its variety will be displayed. We are excited to have student films in addition this year!

Much thought, time and effort over many months goes into selecting the best in Jewish film from around the world to share with you right here in Charlotte. There are also interesting speakers and live entertainment accompanying some of the movies. Don’t miss out…these wonderful films 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 and affordable entertainment! See you at the movies!

The 2011 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).

The Charlotte Chapter of Hadassah created the festival in conjunction with the Light Factory of Contemporary Photography and Film 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.

The Festival has continued to expand our community partners throughout the years to such diverse organizations as the Latin American Coalition, the Lake Norman Jewish Community and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. In 2011, the Festival is proud to welcome Crossroads Charlotte to the family.

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!
• The Fifth Annual CJFF featured ten screenings to audiences of almost 1,500!
• In 2009, the Arts & Science Council increased its support of the CJFF with a $8,200 Community Cultural Connections grant award and attendance climbed to nearly 1500.
• In 2010, the Festival joined forces with the Levine-Sklut Judaica Library to form the Jewish Film Society to offer Jewish-themed films throughout the year.

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 Board:
Bette Andrews, Treasurer
Shellie Barer, Administration
Shari Baum, Co-Marketing Director
Linnea Beyer, Light Factory Liaisons
Debby Block, Film Curator
Jill Blumenthal, Grant Writer
Lynne Cojac, Recording Secretary
Jennifer Golynsky, Strategic Planning
Ellyn Gross, Volunteer Coordinator
Jodi Werner Greenwald, Director
Patricia Johnson, Hadassah Liaison
Karen Knox, Young Adult Outreach
Jeff Turk, Co-Marketing Director
Jodi Valenstein, LJCC Liaison/Business Manager
Lauren Walter with Gloria Feibus, Reception
Rick Willenzik, Technical Chair
Creative Director, Levine JCC: Elsa Safir
Marketing Director, Levine JCC: Kelly Reed Keeling
Financial Services Director, Levine JCC: Daphne Williams
Financial Services, Levine JCC: Kristi Fallowes
Security Advisor: Corey Riddley
Web Designer: Lena Lumelsky (Woland Technology)

CJFF 2011 Marketing Committee

Shari Baum
Jill Blumenthal
Lynne Cojac
Patricia Johnson
Karen Knox
Michael Lieberman
Jeff Turk
Ileana Valinksky
Laurie Sparks

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