... Jacobovici ... 54-year-old ... Israeli.
... Jacobovici's ... history ... (He) ... moved to Canada, where he was an activist for Jewish causes (he chaired the North American Jewish Students' Network; founded and chaired Network Canada, the country's national union of Jewish students; founded the Canadian Universities Bureau of the Canadian Zionist Federation; and served on the national executive of the Canadian Jewish Congress; was invited to share the dais with prime minister Menachem Begin in 1978, following his announcement of the peace accord with Egypt; was president of the International Congress of the World Union of Jewish Students; and in 1980 - the year the "Jesus tomb" he would investigate a quarter of a century later was discovered - he was awarded the Knesset Medal for his Zionist work on North American campuses, ...
Today, the married father of five is an Orthodox Jew, who dines with his Hollywood peers on the kosher food he requests. And Shabbat is sacred. "At the end of the day," says Jacobovici, adjusting his lushly embroidered kippa crowning a head of nape-length hair, "if you refuse to compromise, others come around."
"I was born in Israel in 1953 ..."
"I came back to Israel for two years to serve in the army ..." ("One on One: The cross he bears," Ruthie Blum, Jerusalem Post, Mar 21, 2007)
John Katz, a former professor of Jewish film at York University, is familiar with Jacobovici's films and also knows him personally through the synagogue Jacobovici founded. "Simcha becomes more of an advocate in his films for an idea, an argument, than a lot of filmmakers," he says. "His films don't have that pasty indecisiveness that a lot of them do." Jacobovici does achieve a degree of journalistic objectivity because of his Talmudic approach to filmmaking ...
"We were encouraged to talk back, we were encouraged to break rules, we were told that there were no rules for us." (Simcha Jacobovici)
Bill Donahue of "The Catholic League" tells us that none of this is significant--Jacobovici's rabid adherence to the 2000 year-old Judaic tradition of slander against Jesus Christ has no bearing upon his decision to make a "documentary" which slanders Jesus Christ. Whose interests does Bill Donahue represent?