About Us

As much a labor of love as a mission, The Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival strives to bring the finest examples of cinema from around the world to South Florida. The chosen films are as diverse as our community. Some focus on Jewish issues, others spotlight Jewish achievement and valor; still others document Jewish culture, arts, and history. All of our films celebrate the Jewish experience and the diversity of the community. Founded in 1990, the festival continues to grow and evolve as we continue to expand our selection of narrative features, short films and documentaries to reflect the tastes and needs of our audience. Now year-round, we continue the process of engaging, entertaining and educating through film events for greater Palm Beach County.

The mission of The Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches is to build community and enhance connection to Jewish life. The organization focuses on healthy living, high quality Jewish cultural arts, connecting people to Israel and reaching out the broader community. Our programs include an award winning early childhood learning center, after care program, summer camp, fitness classes, personal training, sports leagues, bridge, aquatics, enrichment classes and special events for adults, youth and families.

Festival Staff

Samantha Klein, Managing Director, Palm Beach Gardens
Ashley Simmons, Arts & Culture Coordinator
Raven Disalvo-Hess, Arts & Culture Coordinator


Chaverim & Film Partners

Marjorie & Barry S. Berg
Helen & Harold Bix
Barbara & Hal Danenberg
Sheila Engelstein
Jan & David Fox
Linda & Ray Golden
Sheila & Robert Josephberg
Arlene Kaufman & Sandy Baklor
Kolter Homes
Vivian & Brian Lemelman
Vivian Lieberman
Cynthia & Peter Liebman
Barbara Mines
MorseLife Hospice & Palliative Care
Susan & Ronnie Pertnoy
Rubens Family Foundation
Dundi & Lyon Sachs
Cyma & Ed Satell
Barbara & Herb Shear
Marlene & Martin Silver
Nancy & Dr. Mark Sims
Carole Solomon & Charles Tapiero
Sydelle Sonkin & Herb Siegel
Ann & Steven M. Stoller, M.D., FAAOS

2020/2021 Screening Committee

Meryl Avni
Helen Bix
Eleanor Cohen
Donald M. Ephraim
Vivienne Felberman Ivry
Ellie Hart
Gail Haymovitz
Diane Kershenbaum
Marjorie Konigsberg
Vivian Lieberman
Nick Martin
Deanie Melniker
Marilyn Mitzner
Larry Parsky
Steven M. Stoller, M.D., FAAOS

The mission of The Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches is to build community and enhance connection to Jewish life. The organization focuses on healthy living, high quality Jewish cultural arts, connecting people to Israel and reaching out the broader community. Our programs include an award winning early childhood learning center, after care program, summer camp, fitness classes, personal training, sports leagues, bridge, aquatics, enrichment classes and special events for adults, youth and families.

Barry S. Berg, Board Chair
Jesse J. Rosen, President & CEO