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 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 for Jewish films 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.

Additionally, this year, for the first time, we are offering bonus screenings: we are collaborating with the Lake Norman Jewish Council on a screening of "Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story" on Sunday, March 25. We are also presenting at Central Piedmont Community College's Sensoria: A Celebration of the Arts Festival a free screening of the film classic "Lies My Father Told Me" on Sunday, April 15.


The 2012 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 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.
  • In 2011, The Festival screened nine films and broke attendance records to an audience of 2,000.

Join the Team:

The CJFF is made possible by our volunteers, community partners and sponsors. To join our team as a volunteer, please email our Volunteer Coordinators, Nancy Tarbis and Laurie Sparks at info@charlottejewishfilm.org or call 704-554-2059.

Executive Board:

  • Jeff Turk, Film Festival Chairperson
  • Bette Andrews, Treasurer
  • Shellie Barer, Administrative Assistant
  • Shari Baum, PR/Marketing
  • Debby Block, Film Co-Curator
  • Jill Blumenthal, Grants
  • Karen Brodsky, Website/PR
  • Gloria Feibus, Gala
  • David Greenberg, Tickets
  • Jodi Greenwald, Past President
  • Patricia Johnson, Gala/Hadassah Liaison
  • Jenn Lahn, LJCC Staff
  • Mike Lieberman, Fundraising
  • Harriet Meetz, Grants
  • Ilana Valinsky, Member-At-Large
  • Carrie Rabinowitz, PR/Marketing
  • Mara Rosenberg, Member-At-Large
  • Jenny Rosenthal, Recording Secretary
  • Laurie Sparks, Volunteers
  • Alan Sussman, Tickets
  • Nancy Tarbis, Volunteers
  • Lauren Walter, Twitter
  • Rick Willenzik, Film Co-Curator
  • Corey Riddley, Security Advisor
  • Web Designer: Lena Lumelsky (Woland Technology)
  • Elsa Safir, Creative Director, Levine JCC

Film Screening Committee:

  • Debby Block co-chair
  • Rick Willenzik co-chair
  • Jeff Turk
  • Glenn Fishkin
  • Ellen Goldberg
  • Mike Lieberman
  • Frank Paul
  • Jenny Rosenthal
  • Sam Shapiro
  • Racelle Weimann

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