Jewish and Israeli Music in Films

Database of documentaries, features and other film footage that contain relevant materials on Jewish and Israeli music. It also includes articles that discuss aspects of Jewish and Israeli musical representation in films.

Bar Mitzvah

Directed by Henry Lynn

Believing his wife lost at sea, Israel remarries a scheming gold-digger. Shock, tears and laughs abound when his beloved wife returns on the eve of her son's bar mitzvah after a ten-year absence. Starring Yiddish theater superstar Boris Thomashefsky in his only film performance, this musical melodrama is a masterwork of shund, the bread and butter of the Yiddish theater.

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
1935
Photo taken from the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University

Ani Maleh Ahava

Directed by Erez Verdena

Nachum Arieli presents this program about Harav Kook. Musical versions of Kook's poems, composed by different composers, are interspersed throughout the program and they include:

Material Type: 
Films

A letter to mother - A Brivele der Mamen

 Directed by Joseph Green

Classic Yiddish film from 1939 with music by Abe Ellstein. In this film music is integral to the development of the plot and in addition to the film's central melody that acts as a leitmotif throughout the film, a Passover seder is also featured and a few non-religious Yiddish songs are sung during the course of the film. 

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
1939
Photo taken from the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University

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