The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival presents 2 weeks of award-winning films from around the world, plus speakers and special events. Through collaborations with educational and cultural organizations as well as businesses, the Festival provides audiences a multifaceted exploration of contemporary Jewish culture, secular and religious life, history and politics.

Films are screened across the Pioneer Valley – 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 the Garden Cinemas in Greenfield with many stops in between. 

The PVJFF is a collaborative effort of dozens of volunteers and professional staff from organizations across the Pioneer Valley. The Festival offers, among other things, a temporary common ground where community members interested in experiencing Jewish culture via 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 are 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 Festival, you can click on the button to the left to donate online or call the JCC with your credit card: 413-739-4715. Alternatively, you may send a check made out to PVJFF to: Springfield JCC 1160 Dickinson St., Springfield, MA 01108


PVJFF Steering Committee
Carlin Trietsch, Festival Director
Jeff Rembrandt, JCC, Programming & Fiscal
Fran Eisenberg, JCC Administration
Deb Krivoy, Avoda Arts

Howard Polonsky 
Dee DeGeiso 
Michael Paysnick


Film Screening Volunteers

Hampden County
Abbie Weiss
Andrea & David Brinnel
Arthur  Haselkorn
Bernie Gotlib
Betsy & Richard Gaberman
Bruce Wintman
Carlin Trietsch
Debbie Levy
Evan Greenberg
Jonna Gaberman
Rachel & Ralph Melnick
Samra Gotlib
Sherry Dickerman
Talya & Soshi Wintman
Ted & Judy Ingis

Hampshire & Franklin Counties
Alison Ozer
Amanda Doster
Amy Horowitz
Anne Knauf
Daniel Yalowitz
Donna Faith K-Brooks
Henia Lewin
Joan Kalus
Jody Rosenbloom
Judi Wisch
Katie Olmstead
Lilith Wolinsky
Madlynn Haber
Mari Adams
Margie Sobil
Marilyn & Joseph Kushick
Moti Zemelman

Myra Lenburg
Naomi Peleg
Norma Friedman
Phoebe Shaw
Rachel Besserman
Ruby Chase
Shira Hillel
Silvia Berger
Solomon Chase
Stanley Habib
Steve Finer
Steven K-Brooks
Tamar Shadur
Tor Smith
Valerie Gintis
Yahara Katzeff
Zahava Koren


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

See our archives:
7th Annual PVJFF 2012
6th Annual PVJFF 2011



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