by Orli Cotel

The Mother of All Jewish Film Festivals

Twenty-five years ago in San Francisco, Deborah Kaufman had a “little” idea to start the first-ever Jewish International Film Festival, an annual event which has since showcased hundreds of artists, encouraged Jewish film around the World, and inspired countless other film series. Her wild ride as both a producer and filmmaker has taken her from Berkeley all the way to the United Nations, and beyond.

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