We're incredibly proud that AJFF attracts some of the most talented, passionate people. From our staff, to our volunteers, or even to members of our audience, there's a huge group of people that make AJFF a world-class cultural event. This month we're putting the spotlight on AJFF Board Member (Ex Officio) and Regional Director of AJC Atlanta, Dov Wilker.
A Little Bit about Dov
Dov Wilker has been Regional Director of AJC Atlanta since 2011. He previously served as AJC Atlanta’s assistant director, and in that position, was selected to participate in the first United States professional exchange in South Asia, visiting Sri Lanka in the summer of 2009. Active in the community, Dov sits on the board of the Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA), the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Georgia Advisory Committee, the Advisory Council for the Atlanta Ballet, and the Legacy Committee at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. After earning his International M.B.A. from Tel Aviv University, Dov worked for an Israeli software start-up. Dov began his career with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Southeastern United States. Dov has been recognized as a “40 under 40” by both the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Atlanta Jewish Times, and was honored with the Asian American Heritage Foundation’s Distinguished Community Service Award. Dov received his BBA from the University of Miami (FL). He is married to Julie Jacobson and together they have two daughters.
How did you come to be involved with AJFF?
My first experience with AJFF was while I was working at the Israeli Consulate. I was voluntold to attend a film during the festival and report back.
What is the most interesting challenge, in improving AJFF, that you get to help with?
I am fortunate to have been involved in so many aspects of AJFF through the years. What makes AJFF special is its mission of reaching out to the non-Jewish community. We continue to search for different angles/perspectives of films that will bring in a diverse audience that will allow us to educate about being Jewish, as well as to learn from others.
What is your fondest memory from being involved with AJFF?
Being in the poster for Brokeback Mt. Sinai!
How has your experience outside of AJFF played into your work with the festival?
Because American Jewish Committee works every day to engage with religious, ethnic and international leaders in Atlanta, I enjoy using my diverse network to be engaged with AJFF.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being involved with AJFF?
Speaking with the audience after a film to hear about their experience and opinion of the film. I especially like to ask how my introduction of the film influenced their opinion of the film.
How do you describe AJFF to those who've never experienced it?
AJFF is an experience, not just a movie, where you will always walk away having learned something.
Who would you cast to play you in a film?
Robert Downey Jr., because some people say I look like him.
Thank you to Dov for his long-standing commitment to AJFF. Stay tuned to see whom we profile next month.