Tuesday, July 29, 2014



The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County and the Axelrod Performing Arts Center are teaming up to present a summer Israeli Film Festival featuring recent acclaimed films. On Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 7 PM the Museum will offer Bethlehem, and on Sunday August 3, 2014 at 2 PM it will show the peppy spy comedy Kidon. Tickets are $10.00 per person per film. All performances are partially funded by the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County.

Bethlehem is a police procedural drama that highlights Israeli Intelligence use of Palestinian informants. It shuttles back and forth between different, conflicting points of view and is a raw portrayal of characters torn apart by competing loyalties and impossible moral dilemmas. It stars first time actors Tsahi Halevi and Shadi Mar’I and was directed and co-written by Yuval Adler. It was shown at the Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival where it won first prize.

Kidon is a different kind of Israeli film. Using Oceans Eleven as his inspiration, Israeli film maker Emmanuel Naccache uses the assassination of Mahmoud al Mabouh in his hotel room in Dubai in January, 2010 to launch his re-imagining of events movie. The hotel security cameras have caught the images of four Mossad agents red handed and their photos are splashed across newspapers world wide. Most surprised are Mossad leaders who know the faces in all the newsrooms had nothing to do with the incident. From then on it is a race against time to find the perpetrators.

For further information and tickets please call the Museum at 732-252-6990 or visit to buy tickets online. The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County is located at 310 Mounts Corner Drive in Freehold Township. It is a 501(c) (3) organization and is handicapped accessible.