Raphael Shore is an accomplished filmmaker and the Founder and CEO of Jerusalem U. Raphael produced the original 2010 documentary Crossing the Line: The Intifada Comes to Campus, the award-winning PBS film, Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference, and the widely acclaimed film, Beneath the Helmet.
In September 2016, Amy Holtz was named one of the “50 Most Influential Jews” by the Jerusalem Post. She is an accomplished executive with over two decades of experience leading and dramatically growing businesses and non-profit organizations. From 1994 to 2007, Amy co-owned and operated a chain of 25 retail stores (Party City) with more than 900 employees and over $75 million in sales. From 2009 to 2015, Amy served as President of Jerusalem U. Together, Amy and Raphael expanded Jerusalem U into an internationally-recognized brand that distributes films in 26 countries, educates thousands of students annually, and partners with over 600 organizations. Most recently, Amy served as CEO of Mosaic United, an innovative, collaborative initiative through which the Government of Israel will invest $50 million in programs in the Diaspora that strengthen Jewish identity and connection to Israel. She remains active on Mosaic’s Advisory Board. Amy holds a Juris Doctor from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida. Earlier in her career, she practiced law for several years at Arent Fox, LLP in Washington, D.C. and at Blank Rome LLP in Philadelphia.
Shoshana Palatnik is a Film Director and Researcher at Jerusalem U. After visiting Poland on a Holocaust memorial trip, she was inspired to dedicate herself to raising awareness about anti-Semitism. Shoshana was a researcher for the award-winning film, Honor Diaries, and for Crossing the Line: Exploring Israel on Campus (UK Version). Shoshana has a master’s degree in Communication and Culture from York University. She spoke at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs annual conference about the importance of Jewish unity and education. She is currently presenting Crossing the Line 2 at high schools, colleges, community events, JCCs and Federations across the United States.
Yitz Brilliant is an award-winning filmmaker. Yitz holds an M.F.A. in Film from Columbia University’s graduate film program. He has won several awards for his work, including a National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Award, a Student Academy Award nomination, and “Best Film” awards from several film festivals.