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  • Rabenu (Our Rabbi)

    Movie

    How did a controversial rabbi who passed away more than 200 years ago become the most influential figure on the lives of hundreds of thousands of Jews? How did a small cult of persecuted devotees who were nicknamed “The Dead Hasidim” become the biggest spiritual movement in Judaism today? OUR RAB...

  • Sylvia: Tracing Blood

    Movie

    'Sylvia: Tracing Blood' plots the clandestine and violent path of international spy Sylvia Raphael, a South African woman who infiltrated Israel's enemies, emerging as a top female Mossad agent.

    Directed by Saxon Logan
    United Kingdom, 2016
    Documentary, Jewish History
    English
    105 minutes

  • Renewal

    Movie

    Contemporary ballet and environmental activism do not often go hand in hand. The Vertigo Eco-Arts Village, however, is a place where dance and ecology come together. The Eco-Arts village is an extension of the Vertigo Dance Company, the celebrated Jerusalem dance group founded by Noa Wertheim and...

  • The Museum

    Movie

    The Museum is a film that seeks to explore the Israeli soul through the galleries, storerooms and visitors of the Israel Museum, Israel's most important cultural institution.

    With a trenchant, ironic eye the film follows the visitors, observes the observers, listens to the speakers and descends...

  • In Search of Israeli Cuisine

    Movie + 1 extra

    Join award-winning Chef Michael Solomonov on a delicious journey to meet Israel's top chefs, home cooks, vintners, and cheese-makers drawn from the more than 100 cultures that make up Israel today, and discover the rich and human story that emerges from their food.

    Directed by Roger Sherman
    U...

  • African Exodus

    Movie

    Seeking safety and asylum, some 60,000 Africans have fled to Israel over the past decade. The country, founded as a haven for persecuted Jews in the aftermath of the Holocaust, has no policy, infrastructure or political will to handle this wave of migrants. 'African Exodus,' a documentary film by...

  • The Dreamers' Field

    Movie

    Three young childhood friends wish to escape their alienated life in the Israeli kibbutz and become London’s hottest rock band. The lack of audience, the cultural differences and the lifestyle of illegal immigrants will all force them to reevaluate their choices.

    "A unique and authentic musical ...

  • Jewish Recipes with Oma & Bella

    1 season

    The feature documentary OMA AND BELLA is a powerful family portrait by Jewish filmmaker Alexa Karolinski, which follows two adorable elderly best friends who spend their days making sumptuous Jewish meals and recalling their experiences as Holocaust survivors. In this spin-off series, Oma and Bel...

  • In Between

    Movie

    Dana and Amit got to know each other at the age of 25. Two years later, they got married. Shortly before the birth of their second child, Amit becomes ultra-Orthodox, while Dana remains secular. Can their love overcome the growing gap between their ways of life?

    Directed by David Ofek & Neta Sho...

  • Signs of Life

    Movie

    Two generations after the Holocaust, its aftermath has faded, but the small, seemingly banal moments of everyday life are still present. Through interviews with strangers and intimates, as well as views of contemporary Berlin, filmmaker Alexa Karolinski investigates how history reverberates throu...

  • Famous Nathan

    Movie

    Directed by the grandson of Nathan Handwerker, founder of iconic Brooklyn institution Nathan’s Famous, over a 30-year period, FAMOUS NATHAN details Nathan's upbringing in a poor village in Poland, emigration to New York, and the creating and running of Coney Island's premier hot dog stand for ove...

  • The Rape of Europa

    Movie

    The Rape of Europa is an epic journey through seven countries, into the violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed, and warfare that threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe.

    For twelve long years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art on a scale unprecedented in history. But heroic you...

  • Anti-Semitism: Then and Now

    Movie

    Exclusively for ChaiFlicks subscribers! | Filmmaker and Holocaust scholar Boaz Dvir is the Director of the Hammel Family Human Rights Initiative and the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Initiative at Penn State University. Using the ChaiFlicks series ANTI-SEMITISM: 2000 YEARS OF HI...

  • Fence Your Best

    Movie

    Haim Hatuel started piercing his kids at the age of 5. Today, they are Israeli fencing champions. After his release from the army, Haim joined a fencing academy aimed at turning street kids into law abiding citizens. Over the next 45 years, Haim has built a fencing empire in Acre - but just befo...

  • They Survived Together

    Movie

    A 2022 Emmy winner for Best Historical Documentary, this is the true story of the Neiger family's miraculous escape from certain death by the Nazis during World War II. A story of endurance, unity and hope.

    Directed by John Rokosny
    United States, 2021
    Documentary
    English
    73 minutes

  • The Jerusalem Dream

    Movie

    In the late 1970's, after thousands of years of praying and longing for Jerusalem, the first Ethiopian Jews arrived in Israel. Was it worth it? in this film the question is posed for the first time to the children of Ethiopian Jews. Their parents tell stories of immense bravery, and of incredible...

  • Chasing Portraits

    Movie

    Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943) was a prolific Warsaw-based artist who painted scenes of the Polish-Jewish community until he was murdered at Majdanek concentration camp. For more than a decade his great-granddaughter Elizabeth searched for his missing art, with remarkable and unexpected success. Spann...

  • Against All Odds: Surviving the Holocaust

    Movie

    Filmmakers Terri and Paul Bachow tell the stories of four survivors who lived outside of the concentration camps during the Holocaust. They describe how lucky you had to be to survive. To survive you had to be lucky at least ten times, although often what turns out to have been lucky was often a ...

  • Jerusalem ER

    Movie

    Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Hilla Medalia (Dancing in Jaffa) takes you inside Hadassa Hospital, located in the ethnically charged buffer zone between Jerusalem's Palestinian and Israeli communities. This is the story of its ER seen through the eyes of two female doctors, a Jewish immigrant fr...

  • Seder Trek

    Movie

    Director Shachar Zefania set out to Nepal to shoot two different films: The first, about the largest Passover Seder in the world taking place in the Katmandu valley, and the second, a journey in the spectacular Nepalese Himalayan mountains, a breathtaking trek to Gokyo peak. Preparations for the ...

  • Alone Together

    Movie

    Ravit spends all of her time spreading her love wherever it is needed. During the day she cooks for hundreds of Tel Aviv's homeless. In the evenings she hugs abandoned babies in the birthing ward. Without human touch and the warmth of a hug, the abandoned babies won't develop properly and can eve...

  • When Jews Were Funny

    Movie

    Featuring Shecky Greene, Howie Mandel, Shelley Berman, Gilbert Gottfried, David Steinberg, David Brenner, Marc Maron, and more!

    Insightful and often hilarious, When Jews Were Funny surveys the history of Jewish comedy, from the early days of Borsht belt to the present, ultimately exploring not j...

  • Filmmaker Q&A with Uri Rosenwaks (Creator of "Kingdoms" and "The Great Eagle")

    Movie

    Go inside the Hasidic world and the life of Maimonides in this fascinating discussion with Uri Rosenwaks, award-winning creator of the acclaimed Israeli series KINGDOMS and THE GREAT EAGLE - available now exclusively on ChaiFlicks!

  • Tangled Roots

    1 season

    Watch the Complete Series Now Exclusively on ChaiFlicks! | TANGLED ROOTS (Shiur Moledet ) is a televised guide to the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A succinct, lucid summary and concise presentation of its basic concepts and decisive events, while laying them out on a timeline and ...