To be the address for the most engaging, informative and inspiring Jewish- and Israel-related educational media.
Since 2009 we have been pioneers in the production of the most engaging, informative and inspiring Jewish- and Israel-related educational media, bringing ideas, values and stories to life for a global audience of millions.
Through a network of educational institutions, communal organizations and digital channels, and with support from the philanthropic community, we strengthen the understanding and enduring personal connection of young Jews and their peers to Judaism, Israel and the Jewish people.
Our award-winning films have been screened at hundreds of film festivals worldwide and in thousands of communities. Our digital edutainment brand, Unpacked, reaches an audience of millions annually via its website and podcasts, and across all social media platforms. Our films and videos, accompanied by extensive educational resources, are featured on Unpacked for Educators, a digital resource that reaches thousands of educators worldwide.
Andrew is an experienced executive in educational non-profits. He has led a long list of successful social and educational programs that make a positive impact on the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel. These include founding the UK-based Forum for Jewish Leadership and serving as Director for Germany of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation. Prior to joining OpenDor Media, he was Executive VP for the Tikvah Fund in New York. Andrew is a graduate of Oxford University, where he studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He completed Executive Education programs in nonprofit management at Harvard Business School and at Columbia Business School. He now makes his home in New Jersey with his wife Leora and five children.
Noam brings a decade of Jewish educational experience and leadership to OpenDor Media’s digital world. With a doctorate in educational psychology from USC, focusing on curriculum design, Noam uses his insights into how teens and young adults think about issues to help educators better leverage new media. He is passionate about empowering students to find meaning in their Jewish learning, and his own studies are a large part of his life outside the office. He loves consuming information about Israel and the Jewish people and then imagining how he can help the world be a smarter and more compassionate place. Noam also loves eating pizza and devouring bags of chips, and is fascinated by the Kotzker Rebbe.
Hart comes to OpenDor Media with a wealth of experience working in the Jewish non-profit sector at organizations that include RZA-Mizrahi and the Orthodox Union. For over twelve years he worked in various capacities with Jewish young adults both on and off campus. As chief operating officer, he is responsible for helping integrate the vision, strategy and day-to-day operations of the organization.
Hart earned his bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, studied community organizing and experiential Jewish education, and received rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS). When he’s not working, you will find him spreading a love of Israel, data visualizations, and hosting incredible Shabbat meals.
Simone is a seasoned marketing and branding professional with a background in consumer advertising. At OpenDor Media she brings these skills, along with a passion for current media trends, to help the organization create and execute branding and marketing strategies that support and further its mission and work. Simone believes that a key to her role and the organization’s marketing success is to constantly fine-tune the content and brand message to ensure they’re aligned with the audience. Simone received her BA in philosophy from Columbia University. She loves to binge on documentaries, and to travel and explore. She’s also happy at home cooking and kicking back.
Micah is an award-winning narrative and documentary filmmaker whose films have been featured on Netflix and screened at international film festivals, the United Nations, the British Parliament and the US Congress. Micah has over 20 years’ experience creating educational films and has produced thousands of hours of content for e-learning platforms. As SVP of Film, Micah leads the vision for the documentary and narrative film division, Imagination Productions, and ensures that all OpenDor Media films and videos across all divisions are created at the highest quality level and with a broad audience in mind. When he’s not enjoying travelling or camping with his kids, Micah keeps up on the ever-evolving world of visual storytelling at home, watching Netflix with the family.
As Senior Producer at OpenDor Media, David has helped produce and distribute their feature films, introducing them to millions of viewers worldwide. He is a filmmaker with more than 20 years’ experience in the entertainment and media industry. Prior to OpenDor, he has produced numerous video and theatrical productions, including the award-winning documentary, Blindsided, which premiered on HBO Television. David believes that the Jewish people and our rich traditions are filled with so much beauty, it is this that motivates him daily to share our story with the world.
Jeana comes to OpenDor Media with a rich background in non-profit Jewish community-related work. She leads all fundraising efforts, developing and implementing strategy, overseeing grant writing and research, managing the fundraising team, and keeping the excitement and energy dialed up to 11. Jeana earned her BA from Yeshiva University, Stern College, with a major in psychology, and holds a master’s in community social work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Jeana is an avid reader and the mother of four beautiful children with whom she loves to travel.
Beth has over 15 years of experience working in the Jewish community, mainly in Federations. At OpenDor Media, she oversees the New York region with a focus on donor cultivation and development and recruiting new partners to the organization. Beth brings her passion for Israel and Jewish identity to the organization and is driven to ensure young Jews receive the tools needed to strengthen their identity. Beth lives in New Jersey with her two children and is active in her local Jewish community. In her free time, she loves to run, travel and spend time with family and friends.
Tania has more than 20 years of experience successfully managing and coordinating operations and projects in the Jewish and Israel nonprofit sectors as well as in the private sector. At OpenDor Media she facilitates cross-functional communication and integration, working closely with the executive team to clear bottlenecks and to develop strategies that maximize efficiency and productivity across the organization. She has a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. When she’s not busy “keeping the trains running on time,” Tania loves to exercise her creative muscles designing kitchens and researching family genealogy.
Beth is in charge of all strategic initiatives related to talent acquisition, employee training and development, performance management, compensation and benefits, and employee welfare. Before she came to OpenDor Media Beth enjoyed a 20-year career on Wall Street where she managed portfolios, major projects, and teams for Goldman Sachs and AllianceBernstein. Beth has a BS in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell University. An avid reader, she always has a book in hand. She also loves hanging out and enjoying time with her extended family.
Peter is a veteran business leader and visionary. A director of Teltronics and board member at Brighter Minds, he is also the chairman of FGC Holdings Inc. and Steelman Software Solutions. Throughout his career, Peter has been involved in multiple real estate projects in Canada, the United States, and Europe. He played a central role at one of the largest steel mills in Central Europe, which was acquired by United States Steel in 2000. More recently, Peter has turned his attention to the IT industry. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario in 1972.
Ostrov currently serves on the board of directors of several privately held companies, including Mother’s Choice, a natural products company working with industry giants, Addon Optics, an innovative technology company, and Nuvo, a developer of next generation baby and mother health monitoring for both hospital and home use. From 2008 to 2010 Mr. Ostrov served as Chairman and CEO of Bausch & Lomb. Prior to that, he served as Company Group Chairman, Worldwide Vision Care, for Johnson & Johnson. Jerry was previously Company Group Chairman for its North American Consumer and Personal Care businesses and spent over 20 years with JNJ. Jerry started his career with Procter & Gamble and also ran CIBA-Geigy’s (now Novartis) over the counter pharmaceutical business for 9 years. He is the founder and (pro bono) CEO of reThink Israel Initiative focused on positively impacting American attitudes and beliefs toward Israel via proactive social media based communications with 30 million views annually. Jerry also invests in and serves as board member and advisor to startup companies primarily in Israel. Mr. Ostrov holds a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Cornell University and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Jeff Sagansky has been a long-time investor, executive and producer in the media business. He is the former president of Sony Pictures Entertainment. There he acquired the Telemundo network and spearheaded the merger of Loew’s Theaters and Cineplex Odeon to create one of the world’s largest theater companies. He is the former president of CBS Entertainment, and former CEO of TriStar Pictures, where he developed hit movies including Steel Magnolias, Look Who’s Talking, and Glory. He served as CEO of Paxson Communications and founded Hemisphere Capital to fund tentpole movies including Smurfs, World War Z and Men In Black: International. As a producer, he has produced documentaries including TWA Flight 800 and Code of Silence, and most recently, Delhi Crime. Jeff graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School and serves on the boards of Global Eagle Entertainment, Williams Scotsman, Target Hospitality and Omio.
Rivka is an active philanthropist with a focus on bringing education to the community. She maintains strong ties to Israel through the Zell Entrepreneurial Program at IDC Herzliya. Rivka brings Israeli culture to Chicago through the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema and serves on the Chicago boards of the Jewish National Fund (where she is co-VP Education and Community Affairs), CAMERA, and StandWithUs. Rivka is also actively involved in AIPAC and works closely with members of Congress to support the US-Israel relationship.