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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 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 2008 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.

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 showed ten films over nine days with audiences totalling 1,000!
• The 2008 CJFF has 16 volunteers on its executive planning committee and more than 100 volunteers who serve on subcommittees and assist the week of the festival.
• In 2008, the Arts & Science Council increased its support of the CJFF with a $6,000 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 Planning Committee:
Co-Directors: Debby Block and Jodi Werner Greenwald
Film Curator: Debby Block
Marketing Directors: Debbie Rothschild and Jodi Werner Greenwald
Treasurer and Ticketing Chair: Emily Patrick
Fundraising Chair: Phyllis Berlin
Volunteer Coordinator: Ellyn Gross
Creative Director, Levine JCC: Ashley Cooke
Adult Programming Director, Levine JCC: Jodi Valenstein
Financial Services Director, Levine JCC: Daphne Williams
Grant Writers: Paula Randolph, Doug Randolph and Jennifer Greenwald
Program Book and Light Factory Liaison: Wendy Fishman
Opening Night Reception Chair: Jaynee Bernstein
Legal Counsel: Jill Dinerman, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Marketing Writer: Shari Baum
Recording Secretary: Lynne Cojac
Web Designer: Lena Lumelsky, Woland Technology
Sponsor Relations: Sharon Nova
Members At-Large: Kim Lewis, Crystal Ben-Yohanan

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