WHEN: Sunday, January 12, 2020, at 2 PM (inclement weather date: Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 2 PM) and Sunday, February 9, 2020, at 2 PM (inclement weather date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 2 PM).
WHERE: 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.
TICKETS: Admission is $10 members (per film), or $12 non-members (per film)
For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit www.jhmomc.org. Maximum capacity is 100, so paid reservations are recommended.
The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County presents its Third Annual Yiddish Film Festival.
Overture to Glory (Der Vilner Balebesl)
Sunday, January 12, 2020, 2 PM (inclement weather date – Sunday, January 19, at 2 PM).
This 1940 American film, in black and white with English subtitles, was directed by Max Noseck. The cantor of the Vilna Synagogue, played by the great real-life cantor Moishe Oysher, leaves behind his prayers to perform in the Warsaw Opera. He struggles to balance the appeal of his newfound fame and notoriety with feelings of guilt and responsibility toward his family and community. Featuring perhaps the most convincing scenes of synagogue life in any fiction film, Overture to Glory begins during the morning service of Rosh Hashanah and ends at Kol Nidre, making the story a sort of redemptive journey during the days of awe.
Green Fields (Grine Filder)
Sunday, February 9, 2020, 2 PM (inclement weather date: Sunday, February 12, 2020, at 2 PM.)
The 1937 American film is a 95-minute long black and white film with new English subtitles. Ulmer's soulful, open-air adaptation of Peretz Hirshbein's classic play heralded the Golden Age of Yiddish cinema. When an ascetic young scholar ventures into the countryside, searching for the city of "true Jews," he learns some unexpected lessons from the Jewish peasants who take him in as a tutor for their children. This 1937 American comedy features child actor Herschel Bernardi, later to be an adult star on Broadway, films, and television.
Funding has been made possible in part by a general operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Monmouth County Historical Commission.
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.