Jerusalem U is a groundbreaking media company for young Jews. We create purpose-driven content for an audience looking to engage with their heritage and history. Using innovative storytelling that sparks ideas, conversations and discussions, we are re-framing how the eternal Jewish story is being transmitted to the next generation.
We educate young Jews (ages 13-34), informing and strengthening their attitudes, knowledge of and behaviors towards Israel and the Jewish people. The films we produce also have broad impact outside of our core target market.
Sustainable Nation, Jerusalem U’s new hour-long documentary, is the inspiring story of how three visionaries are taking valuable lessons learned from Israel’s water shortage and addressing the world’s water-energy crisis by bringing their solutions to a world in which one in 10 people lacks access to safe drinking water and women and children spend 125 million hours each day collecting water.
But water is just the beginning. The work of the three Israelis highlights the nexus between food, energy and water and how solving these enormous challenges can help free women and the world from life threatening poverty, illness and lack of opportunity.
From the creators of Netflix-featured Beneath the Helmet and PBS-featured Israel Inside, Sustainable Nation shows how a small group is helping to quench the thirst of an increasingly dry world.
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Raphael Shore, Jerusalem U Founder and Executive Chairman, is a rabbi, educator and film producer. Shore produced Sustainable Nation, about Israeli advances in water technology, and the 2017 documentary When the Smoke Clears about wounded Israeli war veterans. He also produced the 2016 mini-documentary about an Israeli-Ethiopian soldier, Mekonen, and its 2015 predecessor, Beneath the Helmet (rated one of Netflix’s top five military movies), a coming-of-age film about five Israeli soldiers. Two more of his powerful productions are the documentary Crossing the Line 2, exploring the proliferation of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiments on college campuses, and the 2012 PBS-featured film, Israel Inside, about contemporary Israel and its global contributions. All his films serve as pillars of Jerusalem U’s Israel and Jewish curricula.
Dina Rabhan is the President of Jerusalem U and is responsible for the vision and strategy of the organization with a focus on creating scalable educational products and platforms to reach and impact Jewish high school and college students. Prior to this, Dina worked as an educational consultant supporting 200+ Jewish Day Schools worldwide. She holds an LMSW from Rutgers University and is completing her doctoral dissertation in education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Education. Dina passionately believes that the Jewish community must invest more in digital strategies to secure the overall vitality of the Jewish people and a vibrant Jewish future.
Sarah Ovadia is the Executive Director of Jerusalem U for New England, USA. In this region, she oversees fundraising and donor and community events, including major preview screenings of our feature films.
Sarah has over 25 years of major gift and strategic development experience. Prior to joining Jerusalem U, Sarah spent over twelve years as the Director of Major Gifts at Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly. Additionally, she was the Vice President of Strategy and Development at Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Boston. Sarah worked for CJP, Boston’s Jewish Federation for 6 years. She holds a Master’s Degree from Brandeis University and a Bachelor of the Arts in Marketing and Advertising from the State University of Buffalo.