DVDs available for purchase:
The Life and Times of hank Greenberg
This film is a humorous and nostalgic documentary about an extraordinary baseball player who transcended religious prejudice to become an American icon.
Orchestra of Exiles
Celebrated Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman saves musicians from the Nazis, then goes on to create what would become the Israeli Philharmonic.
The Case for Israel: Democracy’s Outpost
This documentary was produced to present a vigorous case for Israel — for its basic right to exist, to protect its citizens from terrorism, and to defend its borders from hostile enemies — in a highly accessible multimedia format. Alan Dershowitz plays a central role in this documentary as adviser and on-camera presence and argues forcefully that real peace in the Middle East can only occur when the Palestinians, Arabs and their allies value the creation of a Palestinian homeland more than they oppose the presence of a Jewish state.
The Goldbergs (2 vol. set)
In the 1980s, geeky 11-year-old Adam Goldberg uses a video camera to document his family’s crazy life. His mother, Beverly, is overprotective and lacks boundaries, while his dad has a hot temper and finds it difficult to parent without screaming. Rounding out the clan are Adam’s terrifying sister, Erica, 17; his older brother, Barry, who has middle-child syndrome; and the family’s beloved grandfather, Al `Pops’ Solomon. Pops is responsible for wild antics, including offering drinks to Barry and teaching Adam about the ways of love – which create more chaos in an already high-strung family.
In 1943, 13-year old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. One Nazis come to Italy, their caretakers organize the departure of the children Switzerland. Based on a true story.
Hidden in Silence
During the Nazi occupation of Poland, Catholic teenage Stefania Podgorska chooses the role of a savior and sneaks 13 Jewish into her attic.
Hummus: The Movie
Personal stories of the colorful men and women who simply live their lives and love their hummus.
Itzhak; a film by Alison Chernick
This film looks beyond the sublime musician, to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel ultimately bringing the prodigy violinist to New York’s Julliard. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, this documentary is a portrait of musical virtuosity enclosed in warmth, humor and above all, love.
If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast
Carl Reiner tracks down several nonagenarians to show how the twilight years can be rewarding.
A Tale of Love and Darkness
Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman directs and stars in the emotional and thought-provoking story about Fania, a young wife and mother in war-torn Jerusalem, during the early years of the State of Israel. Stifled in her relationship and weary from the tedium of her new life, Fania creates fantastical stories for Amos, her 10-year-old son, amazing him with tales of adventure and beauty— stories that would influence the boy to become a writer himself. Based on the international best-selling memoir by Amos Oz.
Loving Leah: A Hallmark Hall of Fame Classic
A handsome Washington, D.C. doctor and a young New York woman fall in love at an unusual time…after they get married. Leah Lever is married to an Orthodox rabbi, Benjamin Lever, whose brother, Jake, is a successful cardiologist and a non-practicing Jew. Jake is stunned when Benjamin dies suddenly, but not as stunned as when he is told that, under an ancient Jewish Law, he is expected to marry the childless Leah to carry on Benjamin’s name. The only alternative is to go through a ceremony where Jake must deny his brother’s existence. For Jake, that’s unthinkable, so impulsively he suggests to Leah that they get married and maintain a secretly platonic relationship. Eager to pursue her own dreams, Leah gladly accepts. Their oversimplified plan to live separate lives under the same roof proves challenging when Leah’s suspicious mother shows up unexpectedly. The harder they try to disguise their “pretend” marriage, the more their appreciation for each other’s worlds grows – and out of understanding, a real love develops. Loving Leah is a heart-warming story.
Inspired by real events, Munich reveals the intense story of the secret Israeli squad assign to track down and assassinate the 121 Palestinians believed to have planned the 1972 Munich massacre of 11 Israeli athletes. ( The Jewish Film Library also owns the movie “Twenty One Hours in Munich” about the massacre at the Olympics).
In this intense, courtroom thriller, Chicago attorney Ann Talbot agrees to defend her Hungarian immigrant father Mike Laszlo against accusations of heinous war crimes committed 50 years earlier.
*Rejoice with Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot
This film celebrates the extraordinary artistic world of Eastern European Jewish music thanks to the joined forces of legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman and renowned cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot. These two incomparable virtuosos unite for an evening of cantorial masterpieces and much more.
The Catcher Was a Spy
This 2018 American war film was directed by Ben Lewin, written by Robert Rodat, and stars Paul Rudd as Moe Berg, a former baseball player who joined the war effort during World War II and participated in espionage for the U.S. Government.
The Devil’s Arithmetic
Sixteen-year-old Hanna Stern was a typical American teenager who ignores her family’s heritage until a mystical Passover seder takes her back in time to German-occupied Poland on an emotional journey of life, death, and survival.
The Impossible Spy
The story of the life and death of Israel’s most celebrated spy, Elie Cohen.
The Last Butterfly
This World War II drama stars Tom Courtenay as the famous French Mime Antoine Moreau. Ordered by the Nazis to provide ‘the greatest show of his life’ for use as propaganda showing the kinder side of the Nazis as the war draws to a close, Moreau decides to risk everything to tell the world the real truth behind this monumental lie, and although as a mime he is pledged to keep his lips sealed, his voice must be heard.
The Women’s Balcony
Discover Israel’s #1 film of the year!
An accident during a Bar Mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout community in Jerusalem.
A Yiddish World Remembered
This film is a PBS presentation and winner of the 2002 NY-NATAS Emmy Award. It is the story of Jewish life in Eastern Europe brought to life again by some of the last remaining eyewitnesses. Narrated by Elliot Gould and accompanied by never-before-seen archival films, photographs, and music, the documentary takes a realistic and enlightening look at this all-but-vanished way of life.
The Zookeeper’s Wife
In 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinska (two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband successfully run the Warsaw Zoo and raise their family in an idyllic existence. Their world is overturned, however, when the country is invaded by the Nazis and they are forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed zoologist (Daniel Brühl). To fight back on their own terms, the Zabinskis risk everything by covertly working with the Resistance and using the zoo’s hidden tunnels and cages to save families from Nazi brutality.
Above and Beyond
In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish-American pilots answered a call for help. As members of Machal- “volunteers from abroad”- this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery and renewed Jewish pride.
The amazing story of Sir Nicholas Winton who created, on his own, a Kinder-transport in Czechoslovakia saving 669 children from the Nazi inferno.
No Place on Earth
The harrowing story of Esther Stermer and her family and friends who escaped extermination by the Nazis by hiding in an underground cave is unearthed by accident when cave explorer, Chris Nicola stumbles upon remnants left behind by the cave dwellers.
In Our Own Hands: The Hidden Story of the Jewish Brigade on WWII
Personal reminiscences by veterans of the Jewish Brigade, a regiment of the British Army during World War II composed of Jewish men. Includes extensive historical footage of their activities and campaigns during World War II.
GI Jews: Jewish Americans in WWII
The feature-length documentary film spotlights the little-known story of the more than 550,000 Jewish Americans who served their country in all branches of the military during World War II.
21 Hours at Munich
A dramatization of the incident in 1972 when Arab terrorists broke into the Olympic compound in Munich and murdered eleven Israeli athletes.
Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray, Follow Me
Jonathan Gruber (“Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story“) directs and writes this unique history documentary, that uncovers little known facts about the involvement of Jewish soldiers in the Civil War. It should appeal especially to Jewish history buffs.
Jews and Baseball (narrated by Dustin Hoffman)