The Axelrod Performing Arts Center’s highly successful 10th Annual Israel Jewish Film Festival enters its tenth year in 2019. Under the leadership of film enthusiast Toby Shylit Mack, the festival presents a dozen international films that celebrate the Jewish experience, most of which have received awards at major film festivals around the world. In partnership with The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, the week-long festival will be presented from Tuesday, July 30 through Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Admission is $10 per film, and $45 for the series of five films. This program is made possible with support from The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey.
Who Will Write Our History? Tuesday, July 30 at 7:00 PM
In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars, and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists, but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told in a feature documentary. The film is written, produced, and directed by Roberta Grossman and executive produced by Nancy Spielberg.
Working Woman Wednesday, July 31 at 7:00 PM
Life at work becomes unbearable for Oma. Her boss appreciates and promotes her, while making inappropriate advances. Her husband struggles to keep his new restaurant afloat, and Oma be-comes the main breadwinner for their three children. When her world is finally shattered, she must pull herself together to fight, in her own way, for her job and a sense of self-worth.
The Unorthodox Thursday, August 1 at 7:00 PM
When Yakov Cohen’s daughter is expelled from school for ethnic reasons, he decides to fight back. It’s 1983 and Yakov, a printer in Jerusalem, is just a regular guy. He has no knowledge, no money, no connections, and no political experience. But he does have the will and the passion to take action, and a belief that he and other Sephardic Jews should be able to hold their heads up high. Yakov brings two friends along and together they start the first ethnic political group in Jerusalem, with an operation characteristic of the people they represent: not the suit-wearing types, but rather the people working their way up from the bottom. Their operation is informal, full of love for their fellow man, animated by a great sense of humor and a whole lot of rage.
Golda’s Balcony: The Film August 4 at 2:00 PM
Tovah Feldshuh recreates her award-winning performance as Golda Meir in Golda’s Balcony, The Film. The rise of Golda Meir from Russian schoolgirl to prime minister of Israel is one of the most thrilling and amazing stories of the 20th century. Audiences may now get up close and per-sonal to Tovah’s marvelous work: her face, her expressions, the subtlety and unprecedented bril-liance of her Golda Meir. In this film, her life has been transformed into a cinematic event of overwhelming power and inspirational triumph.
The Light of Hope Tuesday, August 6 at 7:00 PM
When the Vichy authorities close the Elna Maternity Hospital, which welcomes pregnant women from the concentration camps, its directors, Elisabeth and Victoria, will sacrifice themselves to save it. Set in northern Catalonia during the summer of 1942, the film is based on real events and narrates the prowess of Elisabeth Eidenbenz, founder of Elna’s Maternity, which along with her collaborators restored dignity to pregnant women in the Argelers and Ribesaltes internment camps in Vichy France. Elna’s Maternity welcomed hundreds of women and saved 597 babies from certain death.
This program is made possible in part by the Monmouth County Historical Commission through funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit jhmomc.org/events. Maximum capacity is 100, so paid reservations are