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National Center for Jewish Film

The National Center for Jewish Film (NCJF) is a nonprofit motion-picture archive, distributor and resource center, housing the largest collection of Jewish-theme film and video in the world outside of Israel. The mission of NCJF is to collect, preserve and exhibit films with artistic and educational value relevant to the Jewish experience.

The center exclusively owns an estimated 10,000 reels of film, including feature films, documentaries, newsreels, home movies and institutional films, dating from 1903 to the present. In addition to its own restored materials, NCJF distributes the work of more than 100 independent filmmakers.

Film Restoration and NCJF's Yiddish Film Collection

NCJF's first priority is the preservation and restoration of rare and endangered film materials. The center began 30 years ago with the rescue of a languishing Yiddish-language film collection and has long been recognized as the leader in the revival of Yiddish cinema, having restored 36 Yiddish feature films with new English subtitles as well as dozens of other "orphan" films that document the diversity and vibrancy of Jewish life past and present.

NCJF's Executive Director

Sharon RivoSharon Rivo '61, co-founder and executive director of NCJF, is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. Rivo holds a bachelor's degree from Brandeis and a master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Rivo began her career in television as a film producer at WGBH-TV Boston, and has worked in the field of Jewish film and media for 30 years. She has been an invited lecturer at hundreds of venues, and curated a dozen retrospectives of Yiddish cinema and more than 10 Jewish film festivals at Brandeis.

She is the recipient of numerous honors, including the 2005 Distinguished Humanist Award from Ohio State University.