Who are your heroes? What are their stories?
The Ciesla Foundation makes films that make a difference.
A baseball player who inspired a people. A female television star who pioneered a new media. A band of fighters who defied a dictator. A philanthropist who built schools. A Native American activist who became a hero to his people. A union leader who organized millions.
The Ciesla Foundation produces and distributes award-winning films about strong and important, but often unknown, Jewish heroes. Its mission is to educate and inform audiences about social and public interest issues of the past and present through storytelling and filmmaking.
Based in Washington, D.C., The Ciesla Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) public, tax exempt education foundation that relies on the generosity and support from donors like you. Award-winning filmmaker Aviva Kempner, whose credits include Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, Today I Vote for My Joey, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, and Partisans of Vilna, is Ciesla’s director and founder.
We warmly welcome you to explore our site and learn about our films. We hope our heroes inspire you to donate to The Ciesla Foundation. You may click on the images to the left for information on each of our films.