Jacob Ross is a self-employed filmmaker specializing in documentaries, commercials and videos for nonprofits. As newlyweds, married to Chani Kavka.
After living in Jerusalem for five years after college working on documentary filmmaking, Ross moved back home to Atlanta and started working in film production here. Three years ago, he started his own film production company, Diamond Sky Productions LLC. Over the past few years, he has directed/edited several award-winning documentaries about the Atlanta Jewish Community (“No Pork on The Fork,” “Atlanta: The City Too Busy To Wait”) that have been shown around the world in various film festivals, streaming platforms and PBS.
“I love working and collaborating with the various Jewish organizations in Atlanta and find the work very rewarding and am constantly amazed at all the incredible people in my network here. There is certainly something very special about our Jewish Community, and I am always so delighted to have the opportunity to create content that shows the incredible work that is being done here,” says Ross.
Ross holds a Bachelor’s degree in business and music from American University. He is also the editor of the upcoming feature length documentary, “Rhino Man,” which is about the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa and has been highlighted recently by Prince William.
Volunteering in the community Ross serves on the Steering Committee of the American Jewish Committee and is involved with Chabad Intown/YJP. Hobbies include mountain biking, collecting and listening to jazz vinyl records, painting, Yiddish poetry, playing guitar, photography and enjoying a daily sauna.
He credits moving to Israel after college for giving him important life skills. “I am proud of the person that I became from my experiences living in Israel, which has played a big part in my support of Israel now and work within the Jewish community here in Atlanta and around the world.”
Ross added: “It is a great honor to be recognized as a 40 under 40 in Jewish Atlanta because I truly love our community here and feel so fortunate for all of the opportunities Jewish Atlanta has provided me. As a native Atlantan, it is even sweeter to be recognized and to see 3 of my grandparents kvell.”