National Center for Jewish Film, Brandeis University

  • NCJF


Lown Center for Judaica Studies
Lown 102, MS 053
MA 02452-9110
United States


+1 (781) 736 8600


+1 (781) 736 2070


Founded in 1976, NCJF is recognized as a world leader in the collection, restoration and exhibition of Jewish art and culture. The center has led the revival of Yiddish Cinema, rescuing these languishing films from oblivion. NCJF's priority is the preservation and restoration of rare and endangered film materials. To date, the Center has restored more than 100 rare and orphan films that document the diversity and vibrancy of Jewish culture, including 44 Yiddish films. Read more here.

Geographical and Cultural Context

The National Center for Jewish Film is a unique, independent nonprofit motion picture archive, distributor, resource center and exhibitor.

Mandates/Sources of Authority

NCJF's ongoing mission is the collection, preservation and exhibition of films with artistic and educational value relevant to the Jewish experience and the dissemination of these materials to the widest possible audience.

Records Management and Collecting Policies

NCJF exclusively owns the largest collection of Jewish content film in the world, outside of Israel. The Center's 15,000 reels of feature films, documentaries, newsreels, home movies and institutional films date from 1903 to the present.

Research Services

Stock footage inquiries can be sent to Rich Pontius: pontius(at)brandeis(dot)edu. See more here


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