About the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival

Our Mission:

To illuminate the Jewish experience through film - including history, language, people, and the land of Israel, and to welcome all who strive for a better understanding of themselves and others.

Behind The Scenes:

What's really remarkable about the CJFF is that it is a volunteer-led festival. The individuals who create the festival do so out of a love of Jewish film and culture and a desire to view them with the greater community.

Eleven Feature screenings will be presented this year - dramas, documentaries and comedies - in which Jewish life in all its variety will be displayed.

This year we will be presenting the CJFF Screenings at the Lake in collaboration with the Jewish Council of Lake Norman. In addition to repeat screenings of the films Hava Nagila (The Movie) on Sunday, March 10 and The Other Son on Tuesday, March 12, there will be a free screening of the film Paper Clips on Sunday, March 17.

CJFF has been invited again to participate in Sensoria, a celebration of the arts, at Central Piedmont Community College and will be presenting the films Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy on Sunday, April 14 at 7:00 PM and Nicky's Family (2012 CJFF Audience Award Winner for Best Film) on Tuesday, April 16 at 2:00 PM. Both film screenings will be held at Tate Hall in the Overcash Building at CPCC. http://sensoria.cpcc.edu/about/

CJFF is delighted to also be participating in the cultural community's Ulysses Festival.


The 2013 CJFF is proud to be a major Jewish Cultural event in the greater Charlotte area. The film festival is 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), an allocation from the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, and the support of many community and corporate sponsors as well as individual patrons.

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 totalling 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 Charlotte Jewish Film Society to offer Jewish-themed films throughout
    the year.
  • In 2011, The Festival screened nine films and broke attendance records with an audience of 2,000.
  • 2012 was another banner year for the CJFF. We screened eleven films and saw a 60% increase in audience attendance with over 3,000 tickets sold. The Charlotte Jewish Film Festival was awarded Charlotte Magazine's Best of The Best Award as Voter's Choice for Best Film Festival or Series.

Join the Team:

Our volunteers, community partners and sponsors make the CJFF possible. To join our team as a volunteer, please e-mail our Volunteer Coordinators, Nancy Tarbis and Louise Rose at info@charlottejewishfilm.org or call 704-554-2059.

Executive Board:

  • Jeff Turk, Film Festival Chairperson
  • Barbara Abrams, Hadassah Liaison
  • Shellie Barer, Administration
  • Shari Baum, PR/Marketing
  • Debby Block, Early Childhood Film & Program
  • Jill Blumenthal, Archives
  • Jena Coen, Young Adult Liaison
  • Gloria Feibus, Opening Night Reception
  • Alexis Fish, Twitter
  • Ellen Goldberg, Treasurer
  • Marcelle Gorelick, Member At Large
  • David Greenberg, Ticketing Director
  • Jodi Greenwald, Film Festival Director Emeritus
  • Ted Johnson, Member At Large
  • Ariel Krusch, LJCC Liaison
  • Joel Kweskin, PR/Marketing
  • Mike Lieberman, Fundraising
  • Harriet Meetz, Grants
  • Lisa Nagel, Opening Night Reception
  • Louise Rose, Volunteers Co-Chair
  • Stan Rose, Technology/Mobile Applications
  • Jenny Rosenthal, Corresponding Secretary
  • Laurie Sparks, Program Book
  • Jeffrey Stern, Technology/Mobile Applications
  • Alan Sussman, Member At Large
  • Nancy Tarbis, Volunteers Co-Chair
  • Marc Titlebaum, Member At Large
  • Rick Willenzik, Film Curator
  • Corey Riddley, Security Advisor
  • Web Designer, Lena Lumelsky (Woland Technology)
  • Elsa Safir, Creative Director, Levine JCC

Film Screening Committee:

  • Rick Willenzik, Curator
  • Donna Birnberg
  • Bunny Bramson
  • Glenn Fishkin
  • Ellen Goldberg
  • David Greenberg
  • Ariel Krusch
  • Michael Lieberman
  • Frank Paul
  • Jenny Rosenthal
  • Jeff Turk
  • Racelle Weiman

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