About NCJF

Funding and Support

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The National Center for Jewish Film is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization.

Federal & State

Since NCJF’s founding, the Center has received uninterrupted support from the National Endowment for the Arts (initially through the American Film Institute) to assist with the preservation of film materials. The National Endowment for the Humanities was an early supporter, awarding NCJF a Challenge Grant in 1984. At the state level, the Massachusetts Cultural Council has awarded continuous operational support funding for more than thirty years, and in the 1980s (when such grants were available) a number of conservation grants for film preservation.

Foundations & Corporations

NCJF has received numerous grants from the National Film Preservation Foundation for the preservation of rare, “orphan” films.

Eastman Kodak Company has supported NCJF by donating film stock for the Center’s film restorations.

The Righteous Persons Foundation and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany have been supporters of NCJF. Annual allocations from Combined Jewish Philanthropies contributes to operating funds.

Supporters in the film industry and the film archive community have included Sony Pictures Entertainment, Loews Theaters, Orion Pictures, Universal Studios, Louis B. Mayer Foundation, Films Incorporated, Swank Motion Pictures, Northeast Historic Films, Janice Allen & Cinema Arts Inc, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Library of Congress.

Reel Funders


Individuals who contribute to the Center’s on-going Reel Funder campaign have provided invaluable support, help, and encouragement.

NCJF has received generous support from many individuals and family foundations, including substantial support from Henry & Edith Everett, Arnold & Ruth Picker, Rita & Stanley Kaplan, and Charles and Isa Rutenberg. Foundation supporters include: The Righteous Persons Foundation, Wellfleet Foundation, Kenneth Kolker Foundation, Koret Foundation, Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, S. H. & Helen R. Scheuer Family Foundation, Joseph & Rae Gann Foundation, Sidney Stern Memorial Trust.

2015 Annual Appeal Leadership Donors
Jules Bernstein & Linda Lipsett, Edith Everett, Lewis & Ina Heafitz, Ted Taube, Righteous Persons Foundation, Gerry & Hila Feil, Sidney Stern Trust, Alan & Jackie Luria, Simon Schama, Harvey & Susan Sherzer, Charles Brophy, Alan & Nancy Jo Feinberg, Sally Katz, Jeffrey Kaufman, Amy Mates & Billy Mencow, David & Carol Mersky, Ken & Leslie Zients Pucker, Jane Rabb, Eileen & Stephen Samuels, Jane Scovell, Joseph & Rae Gann Foundation, Guy & Eveline Weyl, Steven & Carol Tannenbaum, Herb & Wendy Bloom, Daniel & Elizabeth Jick, Joseph Kahn & Claudia Davidoff, Barbara & Alvin Krakow, Lynn & Jules Kroll, Marcia & Alan Leifer, Suzanne Priebatsch, Ariella Rosengard, Vladimir & Lena Savikovsky, Gerald & Susan Slavet, Ronald Weinger, Richard & Helena Balon, Peter Banks, Elinor Gordon, Jeffrey & Deborah Hirsch, Miriam Jost, Jon & Marcie Pucker, Denise & Gary Rosenberg, Evelyn & Bob Simha, Karen Tucker & Jerry Avorn, Donald Wertlieb & Lorre Polinger, Luc Benhamou, James Bernstein, Judith Kostman, Daniel Bernstein, Mira Jedwabnik Van Doren, Michael & Annette Miller, Aviva Kempner, Sue & Bernie Pucker, Joel Rosenberg & Carol Tierney, Len & Marion Saxe, Kaj Wilson, Allen Alter, Robert Bernacchi, Gary Feigen, Alan & Susie Freeman, Albert Gold, Susan Pioli, Lia & Bill Poorvu, Edie Rosenberg & Robert Gross, David & Marilyn Rothberg, Henry & Susan Shilling, Bucky Stein, Ellen Ziskind, Ruth Alexman, Gerald Austin, Sheila & Murray Baumgarten, Solon & Margery Beinfeld, Roz & Wally Bernheimer, Laurie & Steven Eskind, Harry Finkle, Susana Goihman & David Aronson, Jacob Goldberger, Donald & Connie Goldstein, James Gould, David Israel, Nathan & Rebecca Milikowsky, Dale & Bob Mnookin, Deborah Dash Moore, George Reiss, Morton Rivo, Rebecca Rivo, Marcia Schwartz, Valya Shapiro, Elaine Werby, Stephen & Lee Whitfield, Walter & Arnee Winshall, Frank & Beverly Zweiman, Jeffrey Kravitz, Jay Theise, Pam Berger, Eva Fogelman, Peter Laufer, Northeast Historic Film


Thousands of rare and endangered films with artistic and educational value and exclusively owned by NCJF are in critical need of preservation. Without your help, these rapidly deteriorating moving images will fade into history. Donate funds. Donate films. Donate film stills, posters, scripts, and handbills. Contributions to The National Center for Jewish Film are tax-deductible.

Earned Income

NCJF relies on earned income to help sustain its unique work. NCJF activities include: licensing film footage rights to new film and theater productions and museum exhibitions; distributing films (more than 300 restored classics and new independent films) for public exhibition at film festivals and non-theatrical venues and for DVD sale to institutions and individuals; acting as a non-profit parent organization (fiscal sponsor) for new films in production. These activities also further NCJF’s mission, which includes making available to the widest possible audience films documenting the vibrancy and diversity of Jewish life.

In Kind Support - Brandeis University

Since its establishment in 1976, NCJF has been located on the campus of Brandeis University. Invited onto the campus by Brandeis President Marver Bernstein, NCJF has received in-kind support and encouragement from the University. NCJF collaborates closely with the University, its numerous departments, centers and institutes, especially the Department of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies.


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