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.

Shalom Israel

This film was presented for the national committee for labor in Israel. It features explanations on the Histadrut labor union as well as performances by Sidor Belarsky (who also narrates the film) of the songs: Me'al Pisgat Har HaTzofim, Yibaneh Hamikdash, Al Adamot Moreshet, VeUlai, Shir Haemek, Kacha

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
1951

Our Children - Unzere Kinder

Directed by Natan Gross and Shaul Goskind

 

This semi-documentary film (and Poland’s last Yiddish feature) features the comedy duo Szymon Dzigan and Israel Shumacher who had recently returned from the Soviet Union, and Jewish children who had survived the Holocaust.

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
1948
Photo taken from the National Center for Jewish Film

One God

This film, narrated by Martin Balsam, discusses the three monotheistic religions and their connections to each other in Israel. The Shm'a prayer is discussed in relation to its manifestation of the ideals of monotheism. During the course of the film, the Shm'a is performed during the portion of the service where the Torah scrolls are taken out of the ark. Additionally, the chant VeZot Hatorah is also sung.

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
1977

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