Film Society

The WJFF Film Society is a group connected by a passion for great cinema, the Jewish arts, and forging community through culture.

Members use their personal and professional resources and connections to promote and widen the reach of the Washington Jewish Film Festival—both the major annual event, and its year-round components.

The Film Society will work independently—as well as with the WJFF Staff and Council—to enhance and broaden the WJFF’s presence in the DC area through in-person and online outreach, neighborhood and community engagement, and by leveraging existing media, PR and marketing relationships to further the goals of the Festival.

Current Members
  • Alison Baraf
  • Max Bluestein
  • Miriam Bruns
  • Valerie Bluestein
  • Jessi Brooks
  • Allison Cossman Friedman
  • William Daroff
  • Eva Davis
  • Kara Genderson
  • Mitch Malasky
  • Teddi Levy Marshall
  • Rachel Meyerson
  • Mike Plotstock
  • Manny Schiffres
  • Abigail Sharon
  • Jess Sher
  • Tara Silver
  • Karen Simon
  • Phyllis Solomon
  • Ashley Steinberg
  • Jonathan Strum
  • Miriam Weinblatt
  • Ilana Weltman
  • Shelley Wernick
Specific Expectations

Successful WJFF Film Society members will be active, engaged and communicative throughout the year. Formal group meetings will not be arranged, so self-motivation is key. Informal mixers and meet-ups after WJFF programs may be organized throughout the year. Lastly, although contributions to the WJFF area always appreciated, participation in the Film Society does not require a financial commitment.

  • Act as an ambassador for WJFF programs by inviting and encouraging friends, colleagues and the broader DC community to attend WJFF events. Each member is asked to organize at least one group of 10 or more individuals to attend a WJFF program each year
  • Use existing connections to secure additional PR, marketing and/or in-kind support for the WJFF, i.e. information or editorial placement in magazines, blogs, listservs, etc.
  • Help distribute festival marketing materials in local establishments, community boards and throughout local neighborhoods in general

Beyond supporting the programming of the WJFF and engaging with like-minded film lovers, benefits of the Film Society include:

  • Name listed on Festival website, on-screen prior to film showings, and in-print on select Festival materials, including the WJFF brochure
  • Access to VIP Festival preview event
  • Invitations to sneak previews of major studio films (Note: These events are often limited in number, and operate on a first-come, first-serve basis)
  • Opportunity to participate in the pre-screening process for WJFF film selection
  • Early access to WJFF ticket purchasing
  • Exclusive discount opportunities for certain WJFF events