JCC Rochester Jewish Film Festival


Rochester Jewish Film Festival Welcome to the JCC's 10th Annual Rochester Jewish Film Festival underwritten by Friendly's. Over the past 10 years, the Festival has welcomed more than 30,000 audience members and presented nearly 200 films of Jewish interest to the Rochester community. Thank you to all of you who have helped make the dream of a successful Rochester Jewish Film Festival, a reality. We extend our deepest gratitute to our underwriters - corporations, foundations, and individuals, our All Festival Pass holders, and the thousands of general audience members who support and attend the Festival every summer.

The Rochester Jewish Film Festival has much to celebrate this year. On April 25, the 2010 JCC Annual Benefit honored the Festival at The Red Carpet Party at George Eastman House. More than 250 people enjoyed a wonderful evening celebrating film and friends. Laurence Kessler and Dennis Kessler of Friendly's accepted the Tikkun Olam Award for their outstanding philanthropy and commitment to the Festival, Sharon Pucker Rivo accepted a special achievement award for her work as the founder and director of the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandies University, and actor Elliott Gould joined our celebration receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award. And, if that was not enough, just days after the party we received more good news from our friends at the Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester. The Ames-Amzalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival will be a recipient of the 2010 Elmer Louis Award for Outstanding Program in the Rochester Jewish Community!

Our continued growth and success is due in large part to the talent, hard work and guidance of the Festival volunteer committee. With more than 200 films submitted annually for inclusion in the festival the group dedicates hours of time every year to bring you the best festival possible. We are also indebted to those who have held the chairperson position over the years: Judy and Richard Columbus ('02), Donna and Bruce Cohen ('03, '04), Helene and Bruce Newman (06', '07, '08) and Elliot Fix ('09, '10). With gratitude and warm memories we also remember Mr. Carl Lasky the founder of the Rochester Jewish Film Festival who provided the vision and the seed funding for the Festival. And to the trustees of the Ames-Amzalak Memorial Trust, we thank you for your generosity.

This year, we are pleased to present our biggest festival yet with 22 films from eight countries, screening at three venues. We will also present several films throughout the year. Visit our website,, for updates. You will see an extraordinary collection of gripping dramas, thought-provoking documentaries, eclectic shorts and offbeat comedies. Together we will discover the diversity of Jewish life and culture, and issues and concerns within and beyond the Jewish community. Thank you for your support over these 10 years -- for believing in us, for your feedback, your enthusiasm and your spirit . We look forward to sharing another glorious summer week with you!