About the Carmel Jewish Film Festival

The CJFF is a unique event on the Monterey Peninsula. Its reach includes both Jewish and non-Jewish communities as it seeks to educate and provoke thought and dialogue on a variety of subjects through the medium of film. As the festival enters its tenth year, organizers continue to take it to a higher level by forging new community partnerships and increasing participation. Additional advertising, expanded marketing, and greater social media presence are some of the tools to reach our goals. We hope that high-quality programming and social events will attract new filmgoers.


Response to the CJFF has been overwhelmingly positive. Each year

we have increased the number of films and audience size. Our 2014 move to outside venues improved seating, sound quality, and overall viewer experience. Our partnerships with the Carmel High School Center for the Performing Arts, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and Lighthouse Cinemas offer event management expertise. CJFF provides community service opportunities for local high school and college students and military personnel.


Chambers of commerce, tourist attractions, lodgings, restaurants,

and other businesses can advertise year-round on our website. This highlights the Monterey Peninsula as a travel destination and gives the CJFF a potential national audience.


We welcome your participation and feedback.

Films for Everyone! Who Knew?







Dolphin Boy reception at the Golden Bough


Benefactors Wendie & Stephen Ryter


Dr. David Epel & Dr. Ilan Kutz


Israel Deputy Consul General Eyal Naor and Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum


About Congregation Beth Israel


Congregation Beth Israel is the largest and oldest synagogue on the Monterey Peninsula. We are a growing congregation with approximately 275 member households. Our members come from diverse backgrounds and are unified in our Jewish spirit. We are a Reform congregation, a member of the Union for Reform Judaism, in the mainstream of liberal Judaism. As liberal Jews we look to our heritage as a repository of wisdom, insight, and numerous possibilities for religious expression.


We involve ourselves in reaching out to families with children, intermarried couples, singles, and other groups in need of our attention. We participate in community events such as blood drives, I-HELP, food drives, and helping to feed the hungry. We support the bereaved, visit the sick, and lend a hand to those in need in our community. We also extend our help with cooking and transportation for those in mourning and those who are recovering from an illness. We are a caring congregation.


To learn more about us, please contact our office at 831-624-2015 or

email shalomcbi@aol.com.

Interested in membership? Inquire about our voluntary pledge system.
Please check our website (www.carmelbethisrael.org).

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Blackthorne Pools & Spas, Malina Breaux

Honest Engine Films, Joanne Storkan

Astrid Holberg & David Awerbuck

Natalie & James Sammet

Event Underwriters

Jenifer & Robert Block

Nancy Callahan

Carmel Realty, Barbara Ehrenpreis

Congregation Beth Israel

Beth Cort

Galante Vineyards

Ellyn Gelson

Robin & Steven Goldberg

Susan & Bruce Greenbaum

John Pritzker Family Fund

Anna Swartley & David Sabih

Film Underwriters

Yvonne Ascher, Attorney at Law

Coldwell Banker Realty, Angelica Blatt

Bee Epstein Shepherd

Integris Wealth Mgmt, Michael Leavy

Laurie Kleinman & Richard Gerber

Over the Moon Realty, Monica Browning

Pacific Cancer Care

Ann & Steve Packer

Nina Patane & James Gumberg

Marvin Silverman

Abra Teitler

Debbie Branson & Lester Tockerman

Lily & George Waissbluth

Margaret & Stuart Winter


Sue & Paul Best
Lois & David Epel
Marsha & Brian Kelly
Beryl & Sam Levinger
Ellen & Tom Krause


Carmel Jewish Film Festival

Movie Buffs

Myrna & Bill Branndwein
Farmers Insurance/Laurrie Pike
Arina & Eugene Ganeles
Diana Greenbaum
Diana & Norm Jacobson
Connie & Michael Kean
Rosemary Lande
Judith Levin
Sandra & Lewis Leader
Charlene Weber Schuss & Matthew Schuss
Ralph Senensky
Judy & Gary Simon
Charlotte & Scott Salomon
Deborah & Peter Stern
Dana & Steven Weinberg
Eby Wold

         Nancy Callahan, CPA, CFP

    P.O. Box 1406 Carmel 93921



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Laela Leavy

Beryl & Sam Levinger

Beverly & Dan Nussbaum

Susan Simon