Jerusalem Foundation President Presents Award at Ma'aleh Film School Graduation Ceremony

The Jerusalem Foundation's president Mark Sofer presented the award for   outstanding student documentary film at a graduation ceremony for the Ma'aleh School of Communications, Film and Television on January 3. Founded in 1989, Ma'aleh educates artists who work in the world of contemporary media while giving expression to values arising from their traditional Jewish cultural heritage. 


The documentary award went to Renana Herman for her film "There are Good Sins," about her father's complex relationship with Jewish practice. The Jerusalem Foundation supports several student scholarships at Ma'aleh including the Edelstein award, a monetary prize awarded to exceptional students.


At the event, classes from the directing and production program as well as from the scriptwriting program received their diplomas. Singer/songwriter Ariel Horovitz shared some of his original music and excerpts of student films were screened. Speakers included MK Zevulun Orlev and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.


In his remarks, Sofer praised the school's emphasis on art influenced by Jewish culture and said he saw the institution as a prime example of Israeli society's diversity.


"The Ma'aleh Film School was a pioneer in its field; and especially today, when the religious community is drawn by some as one-dimensional, the voices and scenes that this institution brings to the field of Israeli culture are of particular import," said Sofer.


He added that the Foundation was proud to support the school and that he hoped it would be able to increase support in the future.


Sofer concluded with a quote from the introduction to the 19th century Jewish legal text, the Orech Ha'Shulchan: "'The whole Torah is called a song and the true glory of a song is when the voices are all different.'  This school, and its graduates, should continue to sing in different voices and enhance Jerusalem and Israeli society as a whole."