The HJFF Story

Contributed by Naomi Olstein

Honolulu Jewish Film Festival (HJFF) LogoIn 2003, Lyn Zukercorn, a longtime member of Temple Emanu-El and employed as its Events Director, contacted Don Brown, a prominent local film producer, with the idea of holding a Jewish Film Festival in Hawaii. The idea took hold. It was originally called the Temple Emanu-El Jewish Film Festival. The Festival committee envisioned bringing top-caliber films with Jewish content to our island home.

The goal of this popular festival is to present world-class films with Jewish content. The Honolulu Jewish Film Festival (HJFF) committee previews about 100 movies each year, seeking out the best ones to share with both the Jewish community and the public at large.

Today, the Film Festival is one of the most successful cultural film festivals at the Honolulu Museum of Art and continues to promote the best films with Jewish interests. The Honolulu Jewish Film Festival is a fun way to take in a movie, enjoy socializing with friends and neighbors and to share Jewish culture.

Now in its 16th year, the Festival has officially been named The Honolulu Jewish Film Festival sponsored by Temple Emanu-El in memory of Kirk Cashmere. The current composition of the Honolulu Jewish Film Festival committee has been divided into two parts: (1) the executive committee which is in charge of engaging donors, marketing and advertising; and (2) the selection committee (currently composed of ten members), which screens and selects festival appropriate films, secures relevant speakers and hosts each film.

Sof Ma’arav members Naomi Olstein and Sally Morgan sit on the HJFF Selection Committee.

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