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Top Ten Jewish Films
1. Orchestra of Exiles
The thrilling story of how in the 1930s violinist Bronislaw Huberman moved nearly a thousand of Europe's greatest musicians to Palestine.
2. Lost Islands
A box office success in Israel and featuring an all-star Israeli cast, this crowd-pleaser is about the power of love versus the bonds of family.
3. Germans & Jews
This acclaimed documentary explores Germany's transformation as a society - from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on.
4. A Life Apart
An extraordinary, intimate documentary that takes us into the mysterious world of Hasidic Jews, revealing a place few outsiders have seen.
5. The Second Time Around
Linda Thorson and Stuart Margolin are a revelation in this romantic drama that takes place in a home for senior citizens.
6. NANA
Directed by her granddaughter, this is the story of Auschwitz survivor Maryla Michalowski-Dyamant, who spent her fighting intolerance.
7. The Farewell Party
Winner of 4 Israeli Oscars, this is the compassionate and surprisingly funny story of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home.
8. Forgiving Dr. Mengele
Eva Kor and her sister, victims of Mengele at Auschwitz, have been haunted ever since. But shockingly, Eva finds the power to forgive him.
 
9. Mountain
An Orthodox woman confronts a nocturnal community of prostitutes and drug dealers in the Jewish cemetery on Jerusalem's Mount of Olives.
 
10. A Tickle In The Heart
This entertaining documentary captures the Epstein Brothers - klezmer legends on a joyous (and hilarious) international tour.

 
New and Notable

Chasing Portraits
Moshe Rynecki was a prolific Jewish artist who was murdered in the Holocaust. For more than a decade his great-granddaughter has searched for his missing art.



The Second Time Around
Winner of the Audience Award at the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, this delightful feel-good movie about two older people who fall in love is sophisticated and refreshing.

A Look at the Past

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe
The film tells the story of the Austrian writer and his life in exile from 1936 to 1942. One of the most famous writers of his time, Zwieg, a Jewish intellectual, struggled to find the right stance towards Nazi Germany.

Tales of Israel

In the Land of Pomegranates
From Academy Award-nominated director Hava Kohav Beller comes a multi-layered documentary centered on a group of young people born into a violent, on-going war.

On the Lighter Side

When Jews Were Funny
This insightful and hilarious survey of Jewish comedy from the early days of Borsht belt to the present ultimately explores the entire unruly question of what it means to be Jewish.

Issues of Faith

Eyes Wide Open
When a dedicated husband and father in Jerusalem’s ultra-orthodox community falls in love with a handsome student, guilt, torment and community pressure lead him to make a radical decision.