Inspired by the friends of Festival founder Beverly Braverman z”l, the Seret Circle is the heart and soul of the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema’s loyal community support.

Beverly Braverman loved film and loved Israel. She was particularly passionate about opening a window to Israeli culture for all Chicagoans through Israeli films. She spent half the year at her home in Tel Aviv, the other half in her native Chicago—thus, the hybrid name, Seret (film in Hebrew) Circle.

Contributions can be made annually, as outlined below, or in one lump sum, i.e. $5,000 x 5 = $25,000. All funds are unrestricted and will be put to best use as determined by the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema Board of Directors and Executive Director. The CFIC’s 501(c)3 status allows your contribution to be tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

You are invited to join our Circle, helping the Festival grow to become one of the largest, most comprehensive and influential Israeli film festival in the world

Diamond יהלום

$5,000+ per year for 5 years

Platinum פלטינה

$2,500+ per year for 5 years

Gold זהב

$1,000+ per year for 5 years

Silver כסף

$500+ per year for 5 years


All Seret Circle members will be…

  • Included in private film screenings throughout the year, as well as intimate gatherings with special Festival guests during the Festival.
  • Listed on a full page of the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema program book and on-screen before every Festival film screening.
  • The recipient of complimentary tickets to Opening and Closing Nights, including the CFIC’s Bevie Award ceremonies.
  • Presented with a Seret Circle pin designed by an Israeli artist at the end of five years, or whenever the commitment is met.

To join the Seret Circle, please contact CFIC Executive Director Cindy Stern at 847.687.2126 or send an email