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The Ostrovsky Family Fund

George Ostrovsky (1901-1980), ‎a Pinsk-born, Rio-based, businessman/philanthropist, proposed building the Jerusalem Cinematheque and Israel Film Archive in 1973.

Actively involved in the planning and design for the Hebron Road site‎, Ostrovsky did not live to see the completion of the Jerusalem Film Center (JFC), when it debuted in 1981.

For over thirty years the Ostrovsky Family Fund (OFF) played a leadership role, supporting the JFC mission and facility.  Donations included major‎ annual support and resources for film acquisitions, programs, festivals, equipment, staff enrichment and development consultants.

OFF ‎also initiated and gave major funding for the renovation and expansion of the JFC building and grounds. When this project was completed in 2008, the Fund provided considerable additional support to upgrade the Film Archive and to dedicate it to the memory of Wim and Lia van Leer, George's co-founders in this endeavor. 

To date, the JFC and the Film Forum in New York City have been principal OFF beneficiaries. Others include an array of international cultural and human rights projects in Brazil, the USA and Israel.

The Ostrovsky family salutes the JFC staff and all the film fans and filmmakers who give this vibrant place its unique dynamic, during JFF days and year-round. 

We gather here annually to share our delight in how George's initiative continues to have impact.