Axelrod Performing Arts Center

7TH Annual Axelrod Israel Film Festival

Axelrod Performing Arts Center (APAC) 100 Grant Ave, Deal Park
Jewish Heritage Museum (JHM) 310 Mounts Corner Drive, Freehold
Monroe Senior Center (MSC) 12 Halsey Reed Road, Monroe Township


includes all EIGHT films

includes all EIGHT films


The Lost Crown
a film about the Aleppo Codex by Avi Dabach
June 21, 7 PM

Pre-Release 30 minute Film plus interview with the Filmmaker

In conjunction with Moment Magazine, the Axelrod PAC is hosting a screening of a new documentary by Avi Dabach, great-grandson of the gatekeeper of the Aleppo Codex, the oldest and most complete bible in existence. The mystery of the missing pages is unraveling with exciting new information is on the horizon. Avi will be present for the screening to be interviewed by Nadine Epstein, editor of Moment Magazine and author of The Mystery of the Cairo Codex.

The Women’s Balcony

APAC: July 23, 7:30 PM
MSC: July 24, 7 PM.
JHM: July 25, 2 PM

Israel's #1 Film of the Year: An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration that leaves the rabbi’s wife in a coma leads to a Lysistrata-type rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem. The Women’s Balcony is a rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.

On The Map
APAC: Monday July 24, 8 PM
JHM: July 27, 6:30 p.m.

Israeli Academy Award-winner Dani Menkin tells the story of how the underdog Israeli basketball team prevailed over CSKA Moscow in 1977 and the much broader story of Israel during the Cold War. Told through the eyes of six Americans who joined the team, the film captures the action of a high-stakes game and the spirit of a nation triumphant against all odds.

Tal Brody (Hebrew: טל ברודי; nicknamed Mr. Basketball) is an American-Israeli former basketball player, and current Goodwill Ambassador of Israel, who lives in Israel. Brody was drafted # 12 in the NBA draft, but passed up an NBA career to play basketball in Israel. He played on national basketball teams of both the U.S. and Israel, and served in the armies of both countries. In 1977, he led Maccabi Tel Aviv to the European Cup Basketball Championship. Along the way, his team defeated the heavily favored Soviet Red Army team CSKA Moscow. Brody's famous remark upon beating the Soviets: "We are on the map! And we are staying on the map–not only in sports, but in everything."

Meet and Greet Reception with Tal Brody:
7 PM (prior to screening at APAC)
Q&A with Tal Brody following screening at APAC


A.K.A. Nadia
APAC: July 25, 7:30 PM
JHM: July 30, 2 PM

An Israeli woman living under false pretenses is haunted by her past in A.K.A. NADIA, a powerful meditation on the personal and political nature of identity and otherness. Nominated for five Israeli Academy Awards and directed by Tova Ascher, the film features Neta Shpigelman and Oscar winner John Hurt.


Hummus! The Movie
APAC: July 26, 2 PM

Directed by Oren Rosenfeld, Hummus! The Movie is a new documentary about one of the world’s favorite foods. Travel around the world, across religious and cultural divides, to discover the origins of the nutritious chickpea dish, and meet a diverse group of hummus disciples, including those vying for the title of "World's Largest Serving of Hummus."

July 26, 1 PM Special Hummus-Tasting Food Event prior to film
Judged by Poopa Dweck, author of the Syrian cookbook Aromas of Aleppo


Q &A following the film with the Co-Producer
APAC: July 26, 7 PM

When an Orthodox eight year old breaks a powerlifting world record, she becomes an international phenomenon, and Supergirl is born. Supergirl follows Naomi Kutin’s unique coming-of-age story as she fights to hold on to her title while navigating the perils of adolescence. With a passionate family supporting, Naomi must learn to accept herself and discover she is as strong inside as she is outside.

The Zookeeper’s Wife
APAC: July 27, 7:30 PM
MSC: August 2, 7 p.m.

The time is 1939 and the place is Poland, homeland of Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski, zookeepers of the Warsaw Zoo. When Poland is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. The Zabinskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save the lives of hundreds from what has become the Warsaw Ghetto.

APAC: July 30, 4:30 PM
MSC: August 1, 7 PM

Based on a true story, Fanny’s Journey, starring Cécile de France, is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival. In 1943, 13-year-old Fanny and her sisters were sent from their home in France to a foster home in Italy. When the Nazis arrive, their caretakers desperately organize the children’s departure. When suddenly left on their own, the children do the impossible and reach the Swiss border to freedom.


APAC: July 30, 7:30 PM

Meni Yaesh’s film Our Father is a gritty and visceral thriller in which a strong, fearless man who desperately wants to be a father is pulled into a world of crime where he finds his moralities and beliefs tested. It features strong performances from husband and wife duo, Moris Cohen and Rotem Zisman-Cohen.


Axelrod Performing Arts Center
100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park, NJ 07723