Award-winning, documentary photographer. He began his way on Kibbutz Sde Nehemiah in 1955 in a youth group. After emigrating with his family from Morocco. At the age of 20 he bought his first camera. In 1963, while the Jordan River was overflowing, his first photograph appeared on the cover page of the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper. That's how his professional career began, and continued on to Toronto where he worked as a photographer for the Canadian Jewish News. During this period he began to trade in art and produce prints for artists. He later opened galleries in SoHo, New York, worked with Andy Warhol and produced prints for artists: Yaakov Agam, Arie Azan, Nissan Engel and others.
After 36 years, Jacob decided to return to Sde Nehemiah to realize a dream and create a Galilee center for art.
He rented unused spaces from the kibbutz and renovated them. This is how a space used in the past as a sewing workshop of the kibbutz became the Sewing workshop for photography - a gallery that displays his photography exhibitions. The electricity workshop of the kibbutz became the Electricity Gallery - a gallery that displays temporary art exhibitions. And the first machinery room became an artist’s studio – the Motor room for painting that serves as a professional space for both senior and young emerging painters. According to Jacob's social and business outlook, the encounter with the local community is a central component of the project. Indeed, such contact is inevitable because all the spaces are located in the heart of the kibbutz.