UJA Director of Education Programs Wins 2 Medals for Films

Two films, written, composed, directed and produced by Issachar Miron, a winner of Israel’s coveted “Engle Music Award” and a laureate of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Producers “Deems Taylor Award” for creative writing, won two honors at the 25th International Film and TV Festival, held in New York. The films were chosen out of some 4,000 entries submitted by filmmakers from over 40 countries. Miron, best known for his Israeli, international hit, “Tzena, Tzena, Tzena,” serves as the national director of creative and educational programs of the United Jewish Appeal, in which capacity he has created over 100 dramatic-musical productions designed to enhance UJA/Federation campaigns.

“San Francisco, My San Francisco, Is Jerusalem By The Golden Gate,” a cinematic five generation oral-history feature won the Silver Medal in three categories: history and biography, social welfare, and fund-raising documentary. The film reveals why early Jewish settlers in the west were accepted into the highest stratas of society without sacrificing their history-making zeal to be in the forefront of every humanitarian, philanthropic and business activity benefitting the evolving San Francisco community. Maurice Cerrier, major gifts director of the UJA, was the film’s executive producer.

“Casting Light,” a cinematic introduction to Israel for the UJA missions starring Herschel Bemardi, won for Miron a Bronze Medal in three categories: education, social welfare, and documentary. Howard Stone, director of the overseas programs department, was the film’s executive producer.

Miron served during the Israeli War of Independence as the officer-in-chief of arts, humanities and entertainment programs of the Israel Defense Forces. He was Israel’s first national deputy director of music education, and the chairman of the music faculty of the Jewish Teachers Seminary and the Herzilyah Institute of New York. Miron has been elected a fellow of the Jewish Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

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