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’s College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in History. She continued her history studies at Balliol College, Oxford University, and at Yale University, where she received a Masters Degree in 1991. 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 sits on the executive board of the Cornell Hillel, and serves as 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 recently completed a five-year term on the board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Elena lives in Manhattan with her husband, Jay, a lawyer, and their three children: Talia, a former IDF paratrooper and student at Barnard College; and Danielle and Jacob, who both attend Ramaz High School. In her spare time, Elena paints abstract art and sings with the Zamir Chorale.