With shorts ranging from vintage to contemporary, serious as well as comedic, the screening will be followed by a discussion led by Seymour Levin, a board member of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival. Levin also founded The Kehillah of Chester County Summer Shorts film festival of Chester County, Pennsylvania (now in its fourth year).
The shorts to be presented include:
Israel | 2014 | 13 min. (Directors: Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor)
In this beautiful and poetic film, we witness life at the Western Wall through the eyes of Aaron, one of the site's security guards. Ave Maria USA, Israel | 2015 | 15 min. (Director: Basil Khalil)
The silent routine of 5 Palestinian nuns in the West Bank wilderness is disrupted when a family of Israeli settlers knock on their door after crashing into the convent's wall. Together they come up with an unorthodox plan to get them home.
USA | 2014 | 22 min. (Director: Susan Korda)
Salomea remembers the day her brothers disfigured her and themselves for life. Their mother called it The Day of Tragedy, and blamed it on fate, though fate and tragedy have a different meaning by the end of her tale.
UK | 2013 | 10 min. (Directors: Phil Montgomery and Alex Quinn)
Arnold Cowan is not a religious man. He does not believe in any of "that nonsense," which is a bit of a problem, because his son wants a proper bar mitzvah.
West Bank Story
USA | 2005 | 21 min. (Director: Ari Sandel)
This Oscar-winning musical comedy is set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands in the West Bank.
Israel | 2014 | 25 min. (Director: Ayala Sharot)
Michal Rechter was only 14 when she left her home in Poland and traveled to Palestine by herself on the eve of the Second World War. Her family was supposed to join her the following year, but when the war broke, everything changed. Michal's memories come to life in this colorful animation.
USA | 2011 | 6 min. (Director: Gordon Greenberg)
Culture and confusion meet on a Brooklyn street.
For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit www.jhmomc.org. The Jewish Heritage Museum is located in the Mounts Corner Shopping Center, at 310 Mounts Corner Drive Freehold, NJ, at the corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall). It is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn. The JHMOMC is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Museum is handicapped and assisted-listening accessible.