Simcha Jacobovici (pronounced /ˈsɪm.hə jəˈkoʊbɵvɪtʃ/) (born April 4, 1953) is a Canadian film director, producer, free-lance journalist, and writer.
He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from McGill University and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Toronto. He hosts the The Naked Archaeologist on VisionTV in Canada and The History Channel in the United States.
Jacobovici was born in Petah Tikva, Israel to Romanian-born Jewish parents, Joseph and Ida, who had moved to Israel after surviving the Holocaust. In 1962, when he was nine years old, the family moved to Montreal, Canada, where his father had been offered an engineering contract.
Jacobovici is an Orthodox Jew. He is married to Nicole Kornberg and has 4 girls and a boy.
Jacobovici's films include:
Much criticism has focused on Jacobovici since the announcement of the release of his 2007 work with James Cameron. This included an opinion piece by David Warren, a religious affairs columnist for the Ottawa Citizen who criticized Jacobovici's work on The Lost Tomb of Christ as a "disgusting little exercise in money-making,". The column cited Amos Kloner, the first archeologist to examine the site where the ossuaries