Who We Are

Carole Zabar – Founder

Mrs. Zabar has been an active supporter of Israeli documentary filmmaking over the last decade and is the founder of the Other Israel Film Festival. As part of her support for Israeli cultural, social, and political causes, Mrs. Zabar serves as a board member of JCC Manhattan, New Israel Fund, and the American Friends of Meretz.

Isaac Zablocki – Executive Director

Isaac Zablocki is the Director of Film Programs at JCC Manhattan and the Director and Co-Founder of ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival – the largest cultural festival of its kind in the world. The festival runs in 25 locations throughout the New York Metro area and in thirteen major cites throughout the country. Isaac is the founder and director of the Israel Film Center, which includes North America’s largest streaming site for Israeli films: IsraelFilmCenterSTREAM.org. He writes for many national publications and lectures on film at esteemed institutions around the world.

Yaara Kedem – Associate Director

Yaara is the coordinator of ReelAbilities North America based in NY. She graduated with a degree in Film & Television and Special Education Studies from Tel Aviv University in Israel. She spent several years in post-production, program localization, and film brand development for film festivals, interactive gaming, live events, TV networks and children’s programs. She also worked as the Travel Director and Tour Leader at a summer camp and travel program for children and teens with special needs based in Pennsylvania.


Morgan Magid – Program Manager

Morgan Magid is from Princeton Junction, New Jersey and graduated from the University of Missouri with degrees in Documentary Journalism and Sociology. She worked at Go2Films, a film distribution company, from 2016-2020 managing special projects and assisting with festival coordinating. She has also interned at Engel Entertainment, a production company in New York and covered independent music at The Aquarian, an alt-weekly in New Jersey. 

Shiri Paamony-Eshel – Outreach Director

Shiri Paamony-Eshel is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, based in NYC, born in Israel. She has dealt with promoting the indigenous African culture and promoting important social values such as unity, peace, creativity and diversity. In 2000, managed an independent Israeli student’s radio station and broadcasting her own radio show, Africa, until 2015. In 2005, worked at the Israeli TV Channel 10, until 2010 when moved to Angola working as a project manager, photographer and filmmaker. In 2014, enrolled in the MFA Social Documentary program at SVA and graduated in June 2016. In 2018, she started two films, one documenting the changing face of NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen, and the other about a 103-year-old woman with a fascinating life story.