Eric A. Goldman, Ph.D.


Eric A. Goldman is founder and president of Ergo Media, a New Jersey-based video publishing company specializing in Jewish and Israeli video. He is also film reviewer for New Jersey's "The Jewish Standard."

Dr. Goldman is a scholar and lecturer on Yiddish, Israeli and Jewish film and a noted film educator. He is former director of the Jewish Media Service, which was a national clearinghouse on film and television for the North American Jewish community. He was curator of film for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and for many years curated and moderated the film program at the Center for Jewish History and Yeshiva University in New York. Eric Goldman was also a member of the Educational Advisory Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

Eric Goldman received a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University and was a fellow of the Max Weinreich Center for Advanced Jewish Studies at Columbia University. He holds graduate degrees in Contemporary Jewish Studies and Theater Arts from Brandeis University. For over a decade, he planned and moderated the Israeli film series, "Lens on Israel," at New York's 92nd Street Y and the Yiddish film series at Hebrew Union College. In 1999, Eric became artistic director of the Jack Wolgin Jewish Film Festival, held in suburban Philadelphia. In 2006, he created the "digital filmmaking" specialty camp at the NJ Y Camps in Northeastern Pennsylvania, which he continues to supervise. He also served as film consultant to PJ Library and the Avichai Foundation. He is currently curating the film program for KulturFestNYC, set to take place June 14-21.

Dr. Goldman is presently adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva University. In 2000-2001, he was adjunct fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In the spring of 2004, he conceived and co-chaired a national symposium on "The American Jewish Experience as Reflected in Film," held at Queens College. This past summer, he was a Schusterman fellow in Israel Studies at Brandeis University.

Eric Goldman has written extensively on the Jewish experience in film. His most recent book, THE AMERICAN JEWISH STORY THROUGH CINEMA was published in 2013 by University of Texas Press. His previous book, VISIONS, IMAGES AND DREAMS: YIDDISH FILM PAST AND PRESENT (revised and expanded in 2011) was published by Holmes & Meier Publishers. Prior to that, he authored a monograph on the American Jewish experience through the lens of cinema for American Jewish Committee. In the summer of 2000, he served as a juror at the Jerusalem International Film Festival. This past June, he was film curator at the International Yiddish Theatre Festival in Montreal. Dr. Goldman has also produced and directed for radio, television, film and video and has authored and produced over a dozen DVDs, including Yidl mitn Fidl, Hill 24 Doesn't Answer, and Lies My Father Told Me. He won a Special Jury Award at the 1996 International Jewish Video Competition.


"A natural educator, Dr. Eric Goldman engaged our middle school students in a thought-provoking and enriching exploration of difficult subject matter: Holocaust education and Israel studies. His skillful use of videos to enhance the classroom learning experience inspired many students to pursue independent study in these areas. We look forward to his return."–Lucy Cohen, Head of School, United Synagogue Day School, Toronto, Canada

"Eric Goldman's presentations are unfailingly scholarly, yet always lucid and intelligible to a popular audience. His lectures were a pleasure to sit through! "Dr. Goldman's command of his specialty area- Jews in cinema - was most impressive, and his enthusiasm for the topic radiated through in all of his presentations. He was among our most popular lecturers!"
-Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik, Forest Hills Jewish Center, NY

"On behalf of our congregation and Rabbi Rothstein of Temple Beth Shalom, I would like to thank Dr. Eric Goldman for the wonderful and enjoyable evening he gave us last Thursday night. His presentation of "Looking At Ourselves: The American Jewish Experience On Film was spectacular and enjoyed by all who attended. People are still talking about what a great program it was. Eric's presentation was most entertaining and informative and we would recommend him and his programs to any organization or synagogue."--Karen Ross, Executive Director, Temple Beth Shalom, Manalapan, NJ


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