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Our Story

Since 2009, Jerusalem U has been the leading creator of Jewish film content. Now, as OpenDor Media, we’re renewing our mission to open the door of Jewish education to this dor (generation in Hebrew).

What we do

We bring Jewish ideas, values and stories to life through quality filmmaking and deliver them to a global audience of millions using today’s most popular and far-reaching digital platforms like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon. 

Why we do it

Video is the language of this generation; it informs worldview and shapes identity. With our multi-channel approach, OpenDor Media can educate, entertain and engage every Jew in every corner of the planet – bringing infinite possibilities to today’s generation.

Meet the team

Dina Rabhan

CEO

Raphael Shore

Founder and Exec Chairman

Noam Weisman

SVP Education

Micah Smith

SVP Film

Simone Katz

CMO

Enon Avital

Creative Director

David Coleman

Senior Producer

Jeana Rivkin

VP Development

Sarah Ovadia

New England Region, Executive Director

Board of Directors

Peter Friedmann

Teltronics, OpenDor Media Board Chair

Emily Gottschalk

Garr Group

Mitch Julis

Canyon Partners

Marc Rowan

Apollo Global Management

Raphael Shore

OpenDor Media

Jeff Sagansky

Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corporation

Rivka Noble Zell

Zell Entrepreneurial Program

Dina Rabhan

CEO

Dina came to OpenDor Media from the world of education, bringing her expertise as a senior educational consultant. In this capacity, Dina has supported over 200 Jewish day schools worldwide. At OpenDor Media, she drives vision and strategy with an eye toward creating scalable educational content and leveraging platforms to impact young Jews everywhere. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation in education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Education. To unwind, Dina loves to run, read, listen to podcasts, watch amazing films, and spend time with her family – all of which is better when done at the beach.

Raphael Shore

Founder and Executive Chairman

Raphael is a rabbi, educator and award-winning film producer. He is passionate about the power of film to educate and inspire, and brings his talent and skills as a filmmaker along with his excellent leadership abilities to help lead OpenDor Media in forward-thinking strategies and vibrant development. Raphael’s films serve as pillars of OpenDor Media’s educational curriculum and drive impact to a broad audience via broadcast, streaming, and film festivals. When he’s not telling stories on film, Raphael can be found enjoying quality time with his family or out and about on his rollerblades.

Noam Weissman

Senior Vice President of Education

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.

Micah Smith

Senior Vice President of Film

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.

Simone Katz

Chief Marketing Officer

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.

Enon Avital

Creative Director

Enon is a celebrated designer whose work has been featured by the likes of Google and Instagram. He comes to OpenDor Media with over sixteen years’ experience in visual design, user-experience interactions, data analytics, coding, and development. He’s an avid creator with work that is spread across a variety of channels: from branding design to content creation, video production, and digital product development. As Creative Director at OpenDor Media, Enon leads the output for every product you see and focuses on crafting great experiences at every touchpoint across all of our divisions. You can find him during his spare time making handmade notebooks, and designing Hebrew lettering artwork.

David Coleman

Senior Producer

David is Senior Producer at Imagination Productions, the feature film division of OpenDor Media. A filmmaker with more than 20 years’ experience in the entertainment and media industry, his award-winning documentary film, Blindsided, premiered on HBO. He is instrumental in developing strategic partnerships and devising and implementing distribution strategies for OpenDor Media. David believes in living a healthy and spiritually rich life.

Jeana Rivkin

Vice President of Development

Jeana comes to OpenDor Media with a rich background in non-profit Jewish community-related work. She heads all  fundraising efforts, developing and implementing strategy, overseeing grant writing and research, managing the fundraising team, and keeping the excitement and energy dialled 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.

Sarah Ovadia

New England Region, Executive Director

Sarah is a seasoned fundraiser with over 25 years of major gift and strategic development experience. At OpenDor Media she oversees fundraising and community events. Prior to joining OpenDor Media, Sarah was the Director of Major Gifts at 2Life Communities (formerly Jewish Community for the Elderly), was the Vice President of Strategy and Development at Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Boston, and worked for CJP, Boston’s Jewish Federation. She holds an MA from Brandeis University and a BA in Marketing and Advertising from the State University of Buffalo. Sarah loves practicing yoga, spending time with her family and friends, and watching inspiring films such as the Oscar-winning ,”Cinema Paradiso”. She also loves being a part of Boston’s vibrant Jewish community.

Peter Friedmann

Teltronics, OpenDor MediaBoard Chair

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.

Emily Gottschalk

Garr Group

Emily is the president and CEO of The Garr Group. Prior to this, she was the director of new business development/youth marketing for Marketsource Corporation. Emily has led successful branding and marketing initiatives at both the Jewish Federation and Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill, NJ. She recently served as a judge/shark investor as part of the Jewish Federation’s Shark Tank program and has served on the board of the JCRC since 2012. She is a lead funder of JCRC’s Teen Israel Advocacy training program, through The Mildred M. Soefer Family Foundation. She has been active in many organizations in support of Israel throughout the years.

Mitch Julis

Canyon Partners

Mitch is co-founder of Canyon Partners, LLC, which specializes in value-oriented and event-driven investments. He served on the board of trustees at Princeton University and is a member of the advisory council for the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science Leadership Council. Mitch also serves on the Asia Society’s Board of Trustees and the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute’s advisory council. He helped establish the Harvard Law School Program on Jewish and Israeli Law, and is a recipient of Institutional Investor’s Lifetime Achievement Award. A graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University (B.A., magna cum laude), Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A., honors), Mitch received an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University.

Marc Rowan

Apollo Global Management

Marc is a Founding Partner of Apollo Management LP, a private investment firm. He currently serves on the board of directors of AAA, an Apollo-sponsored multibillion-dollar alternative investment manager, Harrah’s Entertainment, a leading hotel-and-casino company, and Norwegian Cruise Lines, a premium cruise line with itineraries worldwide. Before joining Apollo, Marc was a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc., with responsibilities in high-yield financing, transaction idea generation and merger structure negotiation. Marc graduated from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in finance.

Jeff Sagansky

Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corporation

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 Noble Zell

Zell Entrepreneurial Program

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.

Jerusalem U

is now

New name, renewed mission

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