The Film Collection of Beit Hatfutsot, a unique collection that has been amassed since the museum’s inception, consists of about 800 documentaries, depicting all aspects of Jewish life in the Diaspora. The film archive has also prepared translations, purchased films, and received often undistributed professional and amateur films that cover a wide range of subjects of Jewish interest:

  • A rare collection on Jewish family and communal life in Germany and Poland between the two World Wars.
  • A unique collection of amateur films of Jewish life between the wars in Europe and North
  • Jewish life in Eastern Europe as WWII unfolded
  • 1,200 reels of unduplicated microfilm with footage of 19th century Jewish life in Poland
  • Jewish synagogues, architecture and ritual culture
  • Jewish communities in history (e.g., the Jews of San’a; the Jews of Kaifeng, China;
  • Jewish life in Novogrudek, Fez, Morocco, and Salonika, Greece pre- WWII.)
  • Contemporary Jewish communal life around the world
  • Jewish art
  • Jewish history (eg, Jewish life in Babylon, Spain, and Ashkenaz)
  • Jewish communities all over the world
  • Contemporary dilemmas of Jewish identity

Visitors may use the study area to view hundreds of films at their own leisure.

Beit Hatfutsot is always looking to expand its collection. People who have in their possession home movies documenting various aspects of Jewish life, such as family or historical events, are welcome to add them to the film archive of Beit Hatfutsot for future posterity and preservation. Such donations not only enrich the collection of the Visual Documentation Center but also ensure that valuable home movies are available to to the general public for generations.

For more information, contact the Film Archive at simonab@bh.org.il

Beit Hatfutsot has also produced some thirty documentaries in connection with the changing exhibitions displayed at the Museum, which are available for purchase, in DVD (PAL) format.

The price is for private use only! Price does not include copyrights fees.

Synagogues, Art and Heritage
Three films about synagogues in the Diaspora:
30 min
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The Temple – The synagogue, its structure and rituals
The Ceiling – The Chodorov synagogue, Eastern Europe, and its painted ceiling.
A Model – Description of the Synagogue in Curacao
Price: (Israel only) NIS70 (+ NIS10 Shipping fee)
(Outside Israel) US$20 (+ US$10 Shipping fee)
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Chinese Jews on the Banks of the Yellow River
The unique story of the Jews of Kaifeng.
13min
Price: (Israel only) NIS70 (+ NIS10 Shipping fee)
(Outside Israel) US$20 (+ US$10 Shipping fee)
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The Jews of San’a
Daily life of the Jews of San’a at the beginning of the 20th century.
16min
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(Outside Israel) US$20 (+ US$10 Shipping fee)
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A Delayed Talk
Discussion held between Israelis originating from Tarnow and Poles of their generation
32 min
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Golden Fields
Attempts to settle Jews on the land, especially in Eastern Europe, in the Czarist era until World War II.
26 min
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To the Smoldering Cities
A journey made in 1988 in the footsteps of the Jews of Zaglembie, region of southern Poland.
36min
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Three Communities
Three films depicting Jewish life in Novogrudek (Eastern Europe), Fez (Morocco) and Salonika (Greece) until WWII.
37 min
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Babylonia, Spain, Ashkenaz
Three films on centers of Jewish life in the Middle Ages.
30 min
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The Jews of Spain
Two films:
30 min
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In the Footsteps of Marrano Families: Mendes-Nasi; Lopes Suasso; Curiel
The story of three prominent Jewish families after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492 .
Living Moments in Jewish Spain – Jewish life in medieval Spain as depicted in illuminated manuscripts of the time.
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Hazamir Does not Sing there Anymore
The story of the Jewish community in Lancut, Poland, during WWII.
30 min
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And Still the Melody Returns
The story of the Jewish community in Reisha (Rzeszow), Poland.
20 min
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Luniniec – Kozonhorodok
Photographs from the community album.
15 min
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Letters from Leningrad
Jewish youngsters in Leningrad in the 1970’s fighting for their right to immigrate to Israel.
55 min
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In the Warsaw Ghetto
Collection of testimonies of Holocaust survivors from the beginning of WWII until summer 1942.
42 min
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(Outside Israel) US$20 (+ US$10 Shipping fee)
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Partizanka
Collection of testimonies of Jewish partisans in WWII.
26 min
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The Death March
Collection of testimonies of Holocaust survivors who participated in the “Death March”.
19 min
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Return to Life
Five Holocaust survivors tell about their rehabilitation and aliya.
60 min
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The King and the Fool
The story of Shlomo Mikhoels and Benjamin Zuskin, the leading actors of the National Jewish Theater of Moscow.
40 min
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Workers and Revolutionaries
Two films about the Jewish Labor Movement in Russia and in the USA.
12 min
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(Outside Israel) US$20 (+ US$10 Shipping fee)
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For more information, contact:
Simona Benyamini
03-7457853/9
simonab@bh.org.il