The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Presents 12th Annual Women’s Day With Nancy Spielberg

Monday, December 3 • Art Ovation Hotel

Tickets go on sale October 22! Seating is limited.

The documentary film producer and philanthropist will share her wisdom about Judaism,

the film business, and the art of living generously.


(Sarasota-Manatee) The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee celebrates its 12th annual Women’s Day with film producer and philanthropist Nancy Spielberg, Monday, December 3, 11:30 a.m., at Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 N Palm Ave, Sarasota. Spielberg will share her wisdom about Judaism, the film business, and the art of living generously during her keynote speech. Tickets go on sale on October 22. Reservations start at $90; seating is limited. In addition, a minimum gift of $100 to the development efforts of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is required to attend this event. Reservations are available for purchase by visiting For more information, contact Lisa Feinman at or 941-706-0034.

Nancy Spielberg is an accomplished producer, businesswoman, fundraiser and philanthropist. She consulted on the Oscar-winning documentary, “Chernobyl Heart,” and most recently served as an executive producer for the feature-length documentary, “Who Will Write Our History,” based on the book of the same name by Samuel Kassow. Spielberg produced the documentary feature, “Above and Beyond,” in 2014, and is currently developing it as a narrative feature film with a studio. Spielberg is also executive producer of “On The Map,” with director Dani Menkin. She grew up surrounded by the film industry, where she worked on her brother Steven’s early films. Spielberg attended Arizona State University and UCLA and, after moving to New York, studied film at Sarah Lawrence College and the New School in New York. She is founder and co-founder of several charities, including A Bid for Charity, Chabad‘s Children of  Chernobyl, Project Sunshine, and the American branch of The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

Spielberg says she’s drawn to the documentary format because there’s “something very pure about it. The form is honest and direct. I try to find and share stories of people who do extraordinary things.”

When asked how her famous brother, Steven Spielberg, reacted to her relatively new career as film producer, she said it was at first daunting, but she soon came to the realization that, “we have to make the best films we can make, and I just can’t worry about whether one of the greatest filmmakers on the planet likes them.” She adds that he has been extremely supportive of her work. “That means a lot because with Steven you have to earn respect. His belief in my films means a lot to me.”

Recent documentaries produced by Nancy Spielberg include the 2018 film, “Who Will Write Our History?” which explores the story of the secret archive Emanuel Ringelblum created and hid during the Nazi siege of the Warsaw Ghetto. The miraculously surviving treasure trove of writings and photographs offers vivid documentation of how the Jews of the ghetto lived and died. “On the Map” (2016) is a stirring, against-all-odds story of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 1977 European Championship, when Israel’s underdog basketball team defeated the heavily favored Russian Red Army team and captured the heart of a nation. “Above and Beyond” (2014) tells the moving story of a group of World War II pilots who volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence in 1948.

The co-chairs for the 12th annual Women’s Day are Michelle Mallitz and Susan Mallitz.


About The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in the Sarasota-Manatee region, in Israel, and throughout the world. In addition, the Federation is responsive when worldwide catastrophes occur. For more information, call 941-371-4546 or visit