Doron Hovav

Film Festival & Cultural Events Director



Doron was born and raised in Israel, and moved from Tel Aviv to Sonoma County.  His family is Ladino-speaking Sephardic 9 generations in Jerusalem on one side, and Aramaic-speaking Kurdish on the other.

A veteran of the Israeli television and film industry, Doron worked for two decades as an editor at Israel's highest rated and most influential TV shows, and participated in making documentaries for National Geographic and for major network TV.

Doron believes the arts, including film, are an accessible way for people to tap into the complexity and beauty of Jewish life, and to engage in Jewish culture.  He has been coming to our Jewish Film Festival and Israeli Film Festival as a viewer for a couple of years, before joining the JCC as the Film Festival Program Director.