Maven's Jewish & Israeli Documentariesby maven0690 | created - 19 Jan 2013 | updated - 5 months ago | Public
The Best Documentaries with primarily Jewish and/or Israeli Themes. Recommended for both English Speaking Jews & non-Jews interested in the Traditions, History, Comedy, Arts and Culture of the Jewish People. Also see:
Maven's Jewish & Israeli Jewels for popular movies, Maven's Jewish Essentials, Select Jewish-Israeli non-English Movies and Animated Jewish & Bible Stories
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2. The Jewish Americans (2008– )
360 min | Documentary
Acclaimed filmmaker David Grubin traces 350 years of Jewish American history, from the arrival of the first Jews in 1654 up to the present day. THE JEWISH AMERICANS tells the story of the ... See full summary »
3. One Day in September (1999)
R | 94 min | Documentary, History, Sport
The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.
Votes: 5,396 | Gross: $0.16M
4. A Life Apart: Hasidism in America (1997)
Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary
Hasidic Jews seem alien, and even hostile, to those outside their culture,which frequently includes other Jews. They dress differently, don't mingle between the sexes, speak Yiddish, and ... See full summary »
10. Hidden Heroes (1999)
Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary
Two Canadian women return to the Netherlands to recount the terrifying ordeal they experienced as children at the hands of the Nazis, and to connect with the individuals and families who risked their lives to save them.
Unrated | 97 min | Documentary
Menachem Daum, the son of holocaust survivors, and a New York Orthodox Jew worries that both of his sons, full time yeshiva students who live with their families in Israel, are becoming ... See full summary »
Votes: 154 | Gross: $0.05M
12. Hitler's Holocaust (2000– )
270 min | Documentary, History
Under the guidance of Simon Wiesenthal, documents the year-long process leading up to 'the Final Solution' using newly accessible Eastern European archives, first-hand eyewitness accounts and world renowned historians.
14. Hitler, Schindler and the Holocaust (1994 Video)
Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, War
Documentary describing the rise of Nazi Germany and the resultant Holocaust, with a focus on the lives of two Germans with vastly different attitudes and agendas, Oskar Schindler and Adolf Hitler.
92 min | Documentary, History
The history of Hollywood's handling of the Nazis and its later depiction of the Holocaust they perpetrated.
Votes: 600 | Gross: $0.02M
16. In Search of Peace (2001)
Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, History, War
In Search of Peace: 1948-1967 chronicles Israel's first two decades, offering new insights on the origins of the Middle East conflict. Combining a rich tapestry of rare archival film and ... See full summary »
Votes: 48 | Gross: $0.01M
17. Israel: Birth of a Nation (1996 TV Movie)
Unrated | 100 min | Documentary, History, War
Sir Martin Gilbert, author of over sixty books and the host of A&E's JERUSALEM, hosts this gripping account of Israel's difficult first years. Filled with rare footage, photographs, and ... See full summary »
18. Israel in a Time of Terror (2002 Video)
Not Rated | 48 min | Documentary
Terror bombing after terror bombing, day after day. Never has a nation had to endure such attacks. A sidewalk café becomes as dangerous as a military outpost. A simple trip to the ... See full summary »
Director: Allen Estrin
19. Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites (2003 TV Movie)
TV-G | 220 min | Documentary, History
In 586 B.C., the Babylonians lead almost all that remains of the tribe of Judah - the Israelites - to exile in Babylon. Only a few generations earlier, the northern tribes of the Israelites... See full summary »
21. Orthodox Stance (2007)
Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Sport
Dmitriy Salita is a Russian immigrant, professional boxer and a religious Jew. ORTHODOX STANCE portrays Dmitriy's maturation in each of these disparate communities, and the seemingly ... See full summary »
Three teenage girls decide to become Orthodox Jewish against the wishes of their secular parents. In a twist on teenage rebellion, these girls wish to study Torah, dress in conservative ... See full summary »
Director: Lisa Kors
55 min | Documentary
Director: Carla Blair
24. Paper Clips (2004)
G | 82 min | Documentary, War
As a part of their study of the Holocaust, the children of the Whitwell, TN Middle School try to collect 6 million paper clips representing the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis, and grows to include millions of others killed.
Votes: 1,649 | Gross: $1.10M
25. Praying with Lior (2008)
Unrated | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, Family
Praying with Lior asks whether someone with Down syndrome can be a spiritual genius. Many believe Lior is close to God -- at least that's what his family and community believe -- though ... See full summary »
Votes: 109 | Gross: $0.08M
30. Shanghai Ghetto (2002)
95 min | Documentary
Stripped of possessions and rights, German and Eastern European Jews flee to an unlikely destination to avoid persecution from the Nazis.
Votes: 194 | Gross: $0.71M
32. Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998 TV Movie)
98 min | Documentary, History
The history of the influence of Eastern European Jewish Emigre culture has had on Hollywood and the films created in its golden age.
33. The Last Days (1998)
PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary, War
In late 1944, even as they faced imminent defeat, the Nazis expended enormous resources to kill or deport over 425,000 Jews during the "cleansing" of Hungary. This Oscar-winning documentary... See full summary »
Votes: 1,778 | Gross: $0.42M
34. The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1998)
PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
The life and career of Hank Greenberg, the first major Jewish baseball star in the Major Leagues.
Votes: 739 | Gross: $1.70M
35. The Ritchie Boys (2004)
90 min | Documentary, History, War
During WWII, the U.S. formed an elite intelligence unit -- mostly German Jewish academics -- at Camp Ritchie, Maryland. Tasked with devising ways to break the morale of the SS, these men ... See full summary »
Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary, History
Comprehensive two-part PBS series that tells the fascinating true story of 250 years of Jewish immigration in America.
PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Biography
A documentary on the Austrian-Jewish architectural engineer who became a Nazi hunter after surviving the Holocaust.
Votes: 625 | Gross: $0.01M
39. Simon Wiesenthal: Freedom Is Not a Gift from Heaven (1994 TV Movie)
40. Genocide (1982)
PG | 90 min | Documentary, Drama, History
A chilling, heartbreaking testament to the strength and suffering of the Jewish people and the courage and heroism of those who came to their aid. With beautiful narration by Orson Welles ... See full summary »
41. Liberation (1994)
Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, History, War
Liberation tells the dramatic story of the battle waged on two fronts during World War II - the Allied campaign to liberate Europe and Hitler's genocidal campaign against the Jews. The ... See full summary »
55 min | Documentary
Director: Alexandra Isles
Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary
Filmmakers Karen Cantor and Camilla Kjaerilff team to reveal how the Jews of Denmark managed to escape falling victim to Hitler's Third Reich.
45. Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness (2000)
103 min | Documentary
The story of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, consul to Lithuania during World War II, who defied Tokyo authorities and wrote transit visas allowing Jewish families to flee Europe to Japan and other countries.
46. I'm Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust (2005 TV Movie)
47 min | Documentary, History
Brings to life the diaries of young people who witnessed first-hand the horrors of the Holocaust. Through an emotional montage of archival footage, personal photos, and text from the ... See full summary »
PG | 122 min | Documentary, History, War
The secret smuggling of 9,300 Jewish children out of Nazi-occupied Germany in the late 1930s.
Votes: 1,502 | Gross: $0.37M
Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary
According to Hulu's offering, this documentary (from 1966) is "a Powerful account of an astonishing slice of Holocaust history, told with poignant intimacy by the daughter of a survivor. On... See full summary »
49. Sister Rose's Passion (2004)
Not Rated | 39 min | Documentary, Short