Shabbat Surfing: The Greatest Jewish Films


The Washington Jewish Film Festival has me in a cinema state of mind, and apparently I’m not the only one.

-With Oscar season upon us, Tablet Magazine has put out a list of the 100 Greatest Jewish Films. It’s a great read, and there’s a lot there that may surprise you, including the #1 pick–E.T.!

-The folks at Tablet are not the only ones with an opinion on this one. Moment Magazine‘s 2009 list gave the gold medal to Annie Hall (#4 on Tablet’s list).

-Kosher Comedy Community Bangitout.com made their own list of 25 Essential Jewish Movies.  I’m truly shocked that such a hip, snarky site went for Fiddler on the Roof as their #1 pick (though I still go teary for Sunrise, Sunset).

-In a related list, The Algemeiner offers us The Top Ten Great Jewish Male Film Actors (Living). Daniel Radcliffe, really?

-Jewish United Fund put together a list just for tweens. In it, they include Don’t Mess with the Zohan. Don’t let your ten-year-old watch this movie unless you want them to spend several years in therapy.

-Think you’re an expert on Jewish film? Go take MyJewishLearning.com’s Jewish Film Quiz (I got 7/10).

What would your top five Jewish films be? Post them in the comments!

Shabbat Shalom!

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