Elena Neuman Lefkowitz is an independent documentary filmmaker in New York City. Her company, Neuman Films, produces short films primarily for non-profit cultural and educational organizations.
Previously, she worked as an associate producer at Manifold Productions, a Washington, DC-based film company, where she worked on three films for PBS: The Fall of Newt Gingrich, Rediscovering George Washington, and God and the Inner City. Before transitioning into film, she worked as a reporter for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and at The Washington Times, where she wrote monthly features covering the Supreme Court, social policy and health care for the Sunday magazine section, Insight on the News. She has also been published in The Weekly Standard, The Forward, Reader’s Digest, and Forbes Media Critic.
Elena is a graduate of Cornell University (BA in history) and Yale University (MA in history). She also attended the New York Film Academy. Elena serves on the board of Yavneh, an egalitarian Orthodox minyan on the Upper East Side of New York City; she also serves as Chairman of the Cornell Hillel Board of Directors, and Vice President of the Zamir Choral Foundation, a Jewish non-profit that promotes choral music as a vehicle to inspire Jewish life, culture, and continuity. She previously served on the board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Elena lives in Manhattan with her husband, Jay, a lawyer, and their three children. In her spare time, Elena sings with the Zamir Chorale.