Joseph Dorman is a winner of the George Foster Peabody Award for excellence. His latest film Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness was one of the 2011’s highest grossing documentaries and received 100% positive reviews according to leading industry website Rotten Tomatoes. The New York Times called it “a rich modern history of Eastern European Jewry” and The Washington Post as “superb…like Dorman’s earlier work.” He also directed the documentary, Arguing the World about the sixty-year political journey of the eminent political writers and thinkers, Daniel Bell, Irving Howe, Irving Kristol and Nathan Glazer. The New York Times described it as “enthralling… one of the deepest portraits of… of ideas ever filmed. It was named one of the best films of 1998 by The New York Times, and New York Magazine. Joe also co-wrote the script of the documentary blockbuster, The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Journey, which was named the best documentary of 2001 by the National Board of Review.
Oren’s feature Hiding and Seeking had a wide theatrical release and was selected for broadcast on the acclaimed PBS series POV. It was nominated as best documentary by the Independent Spirit Awards. The New Rebublic called Hiding and Seeking “Timely and Courageous”. The New York Times called it “Moving, Honest and True” and The Nation said that Hiding and Seeking was “Far too important – and too moving for anyone with a conscience to ignore.”
The National Endowment for the Humanities funded his landmark film, A Life Apart: Hasidism in America. Narrated by Leonard Nimoy and Sarah Jessica Parker, the film had a highly successful theatrical release, was short-listed for the Academy Awards and received an Emmy nomination for its PBS release in 1998. The New York Times called A Life Apart “Illuminating, revealing and extraordinary! The Philadelphia Inquirer called it “A unique glimpse into this closed society”.
Oren’s fiction feature The Treatment was awarded Best Film made in New York by the Tribeca Film Festival. Andrew Sarris called it: “The romantic sleeper of the season”. Oren is the producer of the PBS documentary series Time For School, which was nominated for Best Television Series by the Independent Documentary Association. He is also the producer of a series of films for the Russian Jewish History Museum and Tolerance Center which recently opened in Moscow. Oren is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
Researcher of Israeli culture and society
Senior fellow at the Shalem Center, a Jerusalem-based academic research institute
Senior Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem
Faculty Member, Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem, Israel
Samuel Zacks Professor of Jewish History, University of Toronto
Senior Fellow, Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University