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John M. Kelly Library

Documentaries: Jewish Studies

The Kelly Library collects resources to support two degree programs of the Faculty of Theology: the Master of Arts in Theology and Jewish Studies and the Master of Theology in Jewish Studies. The collection includes documentaries about Jewish history, culture, and theology.

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Anne Frank's Diary and The Holocaust

Anne Frank's Diary and The Holocaust

D 810 .J4 F72 2004z DVD
53 minutes
Two documentaries about Anne Frank and the Holocaust.

Art of Faith

NA4600 .A78 2008 DVD
3 (50 minute) programs
The art and architecture of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Assisi in Silence

Assisi in Silence

DS135 .I8 A87 2008z DVD
39 minutes
A documentary about the efforts of the bishop and clergy of Assisi to save Jews from Nazi persecution during World War II.

Auschwitz

Auschwitz

D 805.5 .A96 A973 2005 DVD
300 minutes
A documentary which draws from over 100 interviews with camp survivors, newly released documents, archival footage and dramatic re-enactments of key moments. Also offers an alarming look at the mindset of the perpetrators.

Teaching Company

Beginnings of Judaism

BM561 .B445 2008 DVD
24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Teaching Company
Blood and Tears: The Arab-Israeli Conflict

Blood and Tears: The Arab-Israeli Conflict

DS119.76 .B56 2007 DVD
74 minutes; released 2007.
Digging at the truth beneath the hype and headlines of the Arab-Israeli conflict, this film features interviews with top officials from former Israeli Prime Ministers, Mideast scholars, Hamas leaders, soldiers, terrorists, and the families caught in the middle of the fighting. Directed by Isidore Rosmarin.

The Bris

The Bris

BM705 .B757 2000z DVD
22 minutes
A documentary about the use of male circumcision as a sign of the covenant between God and the Jewish people.

Broken Silence

Broken Silence

D804.195 .B76 2004 DVD
283 minutes
Five separate films about survivors of the Jewish Holocaust.

Cantors: A Faith in Song

Cantors: A Faith in Song

BM658.2 .C368 2003 DVD
75 minutes
Three of the world's most renowned cantors perform Jewish religious and secular music.

Checkpoint = Machssomim

Checkpoint = Machssomim

JC599 .G27 C45 2004 DVD
80 minutes; released 2003.
More than three million Palestinians live in The West Bank and Gaza Strip, which has been under Israeli military authority since 1967. This award-winning film documents the impact of the enforced boundaries know as "checkpoints" on the Israeli border, the border guards drafted to monitor them, and the Palestinians who pass through them every day. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles. Directed by Yoav Shamir.

Christianity and Judaism

Christianity and Judaism

BL80.2 .W57 1996 v.3 VHS
54 minutes
Religion professor Huston Smith talks with Bill Moyers. Part of the Wisdom of Faith series.

A Conversation with Rabbi Avraham Twerski

A Conversation with Rabbi Avraham Twerski

BM198.2 .T84 2004 DVD
31 minutes
A documentary about Jewish psychiatrist Rabbi Avraham Twerski.

A Debt to Honour

DS135 .I8 D43 1999 DVD
30 minutes
A series of interviews with Italian priests, nuns, and laypeople who helped to hide Jews during the Second World War.

A Deeper Reality

A Deeper Reality

BM526 .D447 2000 DVD
25 minutes
An introduction to the Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism.

Desperate Hours

Desperate Hours

D804.6 .D47 2001 DVD
64 minutes; released 2001.
This documentary tells the little-known Holocaust stories of small groups of Turkish Muslims, Jews and Christians who worked together to save Jewish lives during the Second World War. Directed by Victoria Barrett.

Elie Wiesel Goes Home

D804.3 .W54 2002 DVD
108 minutes; released 1996
A documentary on Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, following him from the village of his birth in Hungary to Auschwitz and Birkenau. Narrated by William Hurt.

Protest Rally

End of Days

DS 150.5 .D53 2005 DVD
48 minutes
A documentary about the complex relationship between Christian and Jewish Zionists.

Falasha: Exile of the Black Jews

Falasha: Exile of the Black Jews

DS 135 .E75 F35 2004 DVD
80 minutes; released 1983.
The plight of Ethiopia's Jewish community and the politics which led to their return to Israel in the 1980's.

The 50 Years War

The 50 Years War

DS119.7 .F53 2000 DVD
6 (50 minute) programs
A PBS series about the conflict between Israelis and Arabs.

First Person Singular: Elie Wiesel, Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

First Person Singular: Elie Wiesel, Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

PQ2683 .I23 Z46 2002 DVD
120 minutes
Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and author of the Holocaust memoir Night, talks about his life, work and concerns for the future of humankind. He discusses his experiences as a journalist in Paris and Jerusalem, his authorship of more than 40 novels, plays and essays, and the events of September 11, 2001.

Forgiving Dr. Mengele

DS135 .H93 K67 2005 DVD
80 minutes; released 2005.
A film about Evar Kor, a victim of Josef Mengele's horrific human experiments at Auschwitz, who finds in herself the power to forgive Mengele and encourages others to do likewise.

Gaza Strip

Gaza Strip

JC599 .G26 G39 2002 DVD
74 minutes; released 2002.
James Longley's documentary about Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip under Israeli occupation.

Genocide

Genocide

DS146 .G4 G4 2004 DVD
83 minutes; released 1981.
This documentary about the Holocaust, narrated by Elizabeth Taylor and Orson Welles, received an Oscar for best documentary in 1982. Directed by Arnold Schwartzman.

Teaching Company

Great World Religions: Judaism

BM562 .G34 2003 DVD
12 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Hand in Hand

Hand in Hand

BM198.2 .H36 2002z DVD
39 minutes
An introduction to the lives of Lubavitcher Hassidic children, with special emphasis on the example of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

A Hand of Peace

A Hand of Peace: Pope Pius XII & the Holocaust

BX1378 .H33 2008 DVD
55 minutes
An examination of the response of Pope Pius XII to the Nazi extermination of Jews during World War II.

Heritage: Civilization and the Jews

Heritage: Civilization and the Jews

DS102.95 .H4 1998 DVD
9 (60 minute) programs
The 5000 year history of the Jewish people.

Hidden Heroes

Hidden Heroes

DS135 .N4 H544 2004 DVD
60 minutes
The story of Dutch Christians who saved Dutch Jews from the Holocaust.

Hiding and Seeking

Hiding and Seeking

D804.65 .H545 2004 DVD
85 minutes
A documentary about a Holocaust survivor who returns to Poland with his two sons to find the Christian farmers who hid him from the Nazis.

How to Read Hebrew (and Love It)

How to Read Hebrew (and Love It)

PJ4567.5 .D832 1994 DVD
120 minutes
An aid to learning Hebrew using oral reading exercises and charming animations.

I am a Chassid

I am a Chassid

BM198.2 .I26 2000z DVD
39 minutes
A sequel to Hand in Hand about the lives of Lubavitcher Hassidic children, with special emphasis on the example of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson.

In Spite of Darkness

In Spite of Darkness: A Spiritual Encounter with Auschwitz

D804.177 .I52 2008 DVD
74 minutes
Every November an interfaith retreat is held at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Filmed over a period of seven days, this documentary tells the story of five retreatants, among them a rabbi, an atheist, and a Catholic priest, and how they come face to face not only with their own vulnerabilities and complicity but with newfound strength, peace, and glimmers of hope.

Into the Arms of Strangers

Into the Arms of Strangers

DS135 .E6 I58 2001 DVD
122 minutes; released 2000.
A documentary about the Kindertransport, the successful rescue of 10,000 German, Austrian, and Czechoslovakian Jewish children just prior to the outbreak of World War II. Narrated by Judi Dench. Directed by Mark Jonathan Harris.

Teaching Company

Introduction to Judaism

BM561 .C455 2004 DVD
24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Israel: A Nation is Born

Israel: A Nation is Born

DS 126.5 .I587 2003 DVD
6 (60 minute) programs; released 1992.
Former Israeli amabassador to the United States Abba Eban chronicles the birth and development of the state of Israel. Featured in interviews and archival footage are Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Winston Churchill, Anwar Sadat, Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin. English with optional Hebrew, Russian and Spanish subtitles.

Jenin Jenin

Jenin Jenin

DS119.765 .J46 2002 DVD
54 minutes; released 2002.
A controversial documentary from the Palestinian perspective about the Israeli army's occupation of the town of Jenin in April 2002.

Teaching Company

Jewish Intellectual History

BM45 .R84 2002 DVD
24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

The Jewish Roots of Catholicism

The Jewish Roots of Catholicism

BM157 .F57 2005 DVD
3 (30 minute) programs
A Jewish convert to Christianity traces the tenets and liturgy of Judaism, and shows their fulfillment in Catholicism.

Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites

Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites

DS112 .K56 2003 DVD
220 minutes
Focusing on the stories of such legendary figures as Abraham, Moses and King David, Kingdom of David tells the story of the Israelites--their beginnings nearly 3,000 years ago and the subsequent birth of the world's first major monotheistic religion. Directed by Carl Byker and Mitch Wilson.

Let's Daven Together

Let's Daven Together

BM674.2 .A3 L47 1998 VHS
102 minutes
An aid to learning fifteen Hebrew prayers used in the Sabbath service.

A Life Apart

A Life Apart

BM198.4 .U54 L53 1997 DVD
95 minutes
A documentary about the Hasidim of New York City.

Making Choices: The Dutch Resistance During World War II

D804.195 .M35564 2006 DVD
57 minutes; released 2005.
Interviews with four Dutch citizens who risked their lives to protect Jews during World War II.

Memory of the Camps

Memory of the Camps

D804 .G4 M46 2005 DVD
60 minutes
In 1945, British and American film crews accompanyed Allied troops as they liberated Nazi death camps. These crews witnessed and captured Nazi atrocities firsthand. The resulting film, directed in part by Alfred Hitchcock but left unfinished, was rediscovered by PBS Frontline in 1984.

The Messiah: Prophecy Fulfilled

The Messiah: Prophecy Fulfilled

BT296 .M4 2003 DVD
50 minutes
A dramatic presentation about a first-century C.E. rabbi who accepts Yeshua of Nazareth as the Messiah.

Mudhouse Sabbath

BV2623 .W56 A3 2009 DVD
65 minutes
Lauren Winner's course of seven ways of Christian formation inspired by the Jewishness of Jesus.

Teaching Company

Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

BL625 .J646 2008 DVD
36 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Night and Fog = Nuit et Brouillard

Night and Fog = Nuit et Brouillard

D805 .G3 N84 2003 DVD
31 minutes; released 1955.
Produced ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, this documentary depicts the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek. Audio-track in French with English subtitles. Directed by Alain Resnais.

Out of Spain: Jerusalem Which Was in Sepharad

Out of Spain: Jerusalem Which Was in Sepharad

DS135 .S7 N38 2006 DVD
approx. 440 minutes.
Hosted by Yitzhak Navon, the fifth president of Israel, this documentary visits historical sites that tell the story of the Jews in Spain, Portugal, and Majorca. Audio-track in English.

The Passover

The Passover

BM695 .P35 P37 2005 DVD
30 minutes
The celebration of the Passover Seder in an American home. Starring Zola Levitt and Doris Witmer.

A Passover Seder

A Passover Seder

BM695 .P35 P373 1994 VHS
30 minutes
Elie Wiesel guides the viewer through a family celebration of the Passover Seder using live action, original illustrations, and animation.

Pillar of Fire: A Television History of Israel's Rebirth

Pillar of Fire: A Television History of Israel's Rebirth

DS 149 .P49 2005 DVD
7 (60 minute) programs; released 1979.
Relates the drama of the Jewish people's return to Zion and the establishment of the State of Israel. Also portrays the Jewish-Arab struggle for Palestine, persecution of Jews in Europe, the war of 1948 and David Ben-Gurion's Declaration of Independence. Narrated by Ian McKellen.

Protocols of Zion

Protocols of Zion

DS146 .U6 P768 2006 DVD
95 minutes; released 2005.
This documentary examines the rise of anti-Semitism in the USA after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Seven Keys to Jewish Life

Seven Keys to Jewish Life

BM650 .S484 1990 DVD
51 minutes
This documentary helps the viewer better understand Jewish life and customs by looking at the Sabbath, the meaning of Kosher, Chanuka, the Shofar, Mezuzah, Tfilin, and Tzedakah.

Shalom Y'All

Shalom Y'All

E184.3 .S65 S33 2002 DVD
59 minutes
A dcoumentary about the Jewish experience in the American South.

Shoah

Shoah

D804.3 .S563 2003 DVD
9 hours, 26 minutes; released 1985.
Without dramatic re-enactment or archival footage, this documentary uses interviews with suriving camp inmates, SS commandants and eyewitnesses to unearth disturbing details--including timetables, finances, and logistics--about the step-by-step Nazi plan to carry out the Holocaust. Directed by Claude Lanzmann.

Sister Rose's Passion

Sister Rose's Passion

BX4705 .T44 S578 2006 DVD
88 minutes; released 2004.
The story of Sister Rose Thering, a Dominican nun who has made the battle against anti-Semitism her life's work.

Calligrapher

Soferet: A Special Scribe

BM659 .S3 S644 2005 DVD
48 minutes
A documentary about a Vancouver woman artist and calligrapher who decides to create a Torah scroll.

Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness

Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness

D804.66 .S84 S85 2005 DVD
Approx. 82 minutes; released 2000.
A documentary about a Japanese diplomat who saved 40,000 Lithuania Jews from the Holocaust.

Talmud

Talmud

BM501 .T35 2007 DVD
55 minutes
Pierre-Henri Salfati trances the history of the Talmud, the reository of millenia of Jewish wisdom.

A Taste of Chanukah

BM695 .H3 T378 2006 DVD
Approx. 60 minutes; released 1999.
A celebration of Chanukah through lighthearted songs and sacred prayers.

They Came for Good

They Came for Good

E184 .J5 T44 2001 DVD
2 (60 minute_ programs
A documentary history of Jews in the United States from 1654 to 1880.

Tishrei with the Rebbe

Tishrei with the Rebbe

BM693 .T6 T5 2000 VHS
2 videocassettes, 170 minutes
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson celebrates the High Holy Days.

To Die in Jerusalem

DS119.76 .T62 2007 DVD
76 minutes
Two women meet in an emotionally charged encounter that underscores the deep roots of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. One is the mother of an 18 year old Palestinian suicide bomber. The other is the mother of a 17 year old Israeli student killed in the suicide bombing.

Tragedy in the Holy Land

Tragedy in the Holy Land

DS119.76 .T73 2002 DVD
121 minutes
A documentary about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict from the Palestinian perspective.

Teaching Company

The United States and the Middle East: 1914 to 9/11

DS63.2 .U5 Y37 2003 DVD
24 (30 minute) lectures
A Teaching Company course. Course description.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

When Bad Things Happen to Good People

BM645 .P7 K872 2000 VHS
41 minutes
Harold Kushner pursues the paths of six people who have confronted and overcome monumental loss. Inspired by the best selling book of the same name.

World Peace According to the Seven Laws of Noah

World Peace According to the Seven Laws of Noah

BM520.73 .W67 2002 DVD
A documentary about the seven Noahide laws (belief in one god, respect for the divine, do not murder, proper sexual conduct, do not steal, system of justice, respect for all life), and how they can lead to world peace.

Yeshua, Jesus: Exploring the Jewish Roots of Jesus

Yeshua, Jesus: Exploring the Jewish Roots of Jesus

BT296 .Y4 2000 VHS
85 minutes
A two-part documentary which explores the Jewish religious atmosphere in which Jesus grew up and its influence on his message.

Zegota

D810 .J4 Z44 1998 VHS
28 minutes
A documentary about the efforts of the Council for Aid to Jews in Occupied Poland to rescue Jewish people from death in the concentration camps during the Second World War.