Mitzvah in Israel
Alex is given a wonderful Bar Mitzvah present- a trip to Israel! Upon
his arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, Alex meets his cousin Guy- who is also
about to become Bar Mitzvah. Together the boys tour the country, meeting
fascinating people along the way: the popular composer Shlomo Gronich who
is rehearsing a song with a group of Ethiopian teens, a scribe who explains
how tefillin are made, and others. The story culminates with a joyous Bar
Mitzvah celebration at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. A must for anyone
wishing to celebrate a Bar Mitzvah in Israel.
37 min., #880, DVD, Color, $29.95
Josh Saviano (The Wonder Years) plays twelve year-old David, who is
in the midst of preparing for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. Plagued by
concerns about the impending celebration, as well as doubts about his own
Jewish identity, playing baseball seems to David a lot more worthy of his
time and energy. As the story unfolds, teachers, friends and family
members try to tackle David's many questions as he comes to better understand
his Jewish heritage and what it means for him. We, too, find answers to
many of our own questions.
"An evolving journey...This video will help your
child resolve what it is to be Bar Mitzvah."-Rabbi Elliot Schoenberg,
The Rabbinical Assembly
58 min., #870, DVD, Color, $39.95
David Goodman, the son of determinedly secularparents, stumbles into
an abandoned synagogue being reclaimed by a group searching for Jewish
meaning in their lives. To the dismay of his parents, he becomes increasingly
interested in his Jewish roots as he is welcomed by the community.
As he approaches his Bar Mitzvah, David finally seems to be comfortable
as a Jew. With Phyllis Newman, Robert Klein, Jon Matthews and Virginia
Graham. Directed by Roberta Hodes.
"Praiseworthy...the conclusion is as amusing and
thoughtful as all that has gone before."-Philadelphia Inquirer
"A Secret Space should be mandatory for young
-The Jewish Post
80 min., #411, DVD, Color, $39.95
The Journey: Bar Mitzvah/Jewish
Leningrad, 1939. A Russian Jewish youth is about to turn thirteen and
a visiting American, not terribly knowledgeable as a Jew, is placed in
the uncomfortable position of preparing the youth for his Bar Mitzvah.
This drama provides for a timeless exploration of Jewish commitment and
continuity, while providing a glimpse into Soviet Jewish life.
"The viewer will...be affected on an emotional
level by the discussion between the two characters. This video production
is well acted and the photography is excellent...It will be a moving viewing
-Video Rating Guide
35 min., #856, DVD, Color, $39.95