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About Charlotte Jewish Film Festival

Our Mission:
To illuminate the Jewish experience through film.

Behind The Scenes:
What’s really remarkable about the 2007 CJFF is that it is a volunteer–run 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.

The films shown at the CJFF are hand picked by our film curator. Most of these films are making their debut performance in Charlotte and would not be screened here if not for the Festival.

This year’s varied, touching films will incorporate universal themes. Highlights include the commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day and Israel’s Memorial Day, a celebration of films by and about women, and the hosting of a film screening and discussion for students and parents of the Consolidated High School of Jewish Studies. There’s something for everyone!

The CJFF would not exist if it weren’t for the generosity and support of our sponsors, especially our community sponsors. 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 2005, Diamonds Direct became the film festival’s first corporate sponsor. Since then, more than 20 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 is scheduled to show ten films over nine days with expected audiences of more than 1,000!
• The CJFF has 31 volunteers on its 2007 planning committee.
• The Arts & Science Council awarded the 2007 CJFF a Community Cultural Connections Grant of $4,875.

Join the Team:

The CJFF is made possible by our volunteers, community partners and sponsors. To join our team, email:

Director: Jodi Werner Greenwald
Film Curator and Hadassah Liaison: Debby Block
Grant Writers: Paula and Doug Randolph
Hadassah President: Heidi Rotberg
Hadassah Treasurer: Marilyn Shapiro
Marketing Director: Debbie Rothschild
Opening Night Reception Chair: Lynne Cojac
Sponsor Relations: Sharon Nova
Ticketing: Emily Patrick
Treasurer: Robbie McGinley
Volunteer Coordinator: Ellyn Gross
Web designer: Lena Lumelsky
Madeline Aron (PR)
Melanie Baron
Phyllis Berlin
Jaynee Bernstein
Roz Cooper (Consolidated HS of Jewish Studies Representative)
Stephanie DiPaolo and Rabbi Judy Schindler (TempleBeth El Representatives)
Judith Etzion
Wendy Fishman and Marcie Kelso (The Light Factory Representatives)
Sarah Grossman
Jen Jones (Graphic Designer)
Penny Krieger
Robin Leavitt
Dale Lederer
Amy Montoni
Aree Pearlman and Jodi Valenstein (Levine JCC Representatives)
Moira Quinn
Eileen Schwartz
Amy Strasser
Natalie Tunney(Fundraising Consultant)
Sue Worrel and Marnie Moskowitz  (Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte Reprensentatives)


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