The 11th Annual
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival

March 31 - April 14, 2016

The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival presents two weeks of award-winning films from around the world, plus speakers and special events. Through collaborations with educational institutions, cultural organizations and local businesses, the film festival provides audiences with a multifaceted exploration of Jewish culture, secular and religious life, history and politics.

Films are screened across Western Massachusetts – this year in Amherst, Chicopee, Greenfield, Longmeadow, Northampton, Shelburne Falls, Springfield and West Springfield – in venues ranging from the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield to Smith College in Northampton to the Garden Cinemas in Greenfield, with many stops in between. 

The film festival is a collaborative effort of scores of volunteers and professional staff from organizations across the Pioneer Valley. The PVJFF offers, among other things, a temporary common ground where community members interested in experiencing Jewish culture through film can learn, be inspired and enjoy being together. Cinematic stories – of joy and celebration, love and loss, tolerance and activism, ethics and history – all demonstrate time and again how important film is as a medium to help us to understand who we are, where we come from, what life is like for others around the globe and how all of this relates to our contemporary lives and choices.

We hope you’ll join us and be entertained, inspired and enlightened!

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, please click on the button below to donate online or call the JCC at (413) 739-4715. Alternatively, you may send a check, made out to PVJFF, to:

Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival
Springfield JCC
Neal Webber Building
1160 Dickinson Street
Springfield, MA 01108

PVJFF Steering Committee

Carlin Trietsch, Festival Director
Jeff Rembrandt, JCC, Programming & Fiscal
Pearl-Anne Margalit JCC, Development Consultant
Fran Eisenberg, JCC Administration
Deb Krivoy, Festival Consultant


Howard Polonsky
Dee DeGeiso
Michael Paysnick

Film Screeners and Festival Volunteers

Mari Adams
David Axelrad
Silvia Berger
Andrea & David Brinnel
Mark Brumberg
Ruby Chase
Solomon Chase
Sherry Dickerman
Amanda Doster
Steve Finer
Norma Friedman
Betsy & Richard Gaberman
Jonna Gaberman
Valerie Gintis
Bernie Gotlib
Samra Gotlib
Evan Greenberg
Jake Greenberg
Madlynn Haber
Stanley Habib
Arthur Haselkorn
Shira Hillel
Amy Horowitz
Ted & Judy Ingis
Joan Kalus
Janet Kaplan Bucciarelli
Yahara Katzeff
Anne Knauf
Zahava Koren
Marilyn & Joseph Kushick
Myra Lenburg
Debbie Levy
Henia Lewin
Judy Mazel
Rachel & Ralph Melnick
Rana Morrissey
Katie Olmstead
Alison Ozer
Naomi Peleg
Jody Rosenbloom
Kristin Rotas
Phoebe Shaw
Margie Sobil
Tor Smith
Abbie Weiss
Dyan Wiley
Judi Wisch
Bruce Wintman
Talya & Soshi Wintman
Betty Wolfson
Lilith Wolinsky
Daniel Yalowitz
Moti Zemelman

We have presented many film series and special events over the years that use the medium of film to educate and stimulate dialogue while also bringing the community together.