History, Preserved And Ready For Viewing

user submitted pictureWe spent way too much time last night perusing the Virtual Cinema of Steven Spielberg Film Archive, part of an ongoing project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. While the first part of Jewish history has been preserved on parchment, you can’t beat a technicolor medium for modern times. Many of the short films show shtetl life pre-WWII and the early stages of building Israel, but we futzed around with Naomi Says Yes, a silly 1950’s Hadassah membership film starring two female puppets and Springtime In The Holy Land, a full color report of wildflowers and happy Zionists. There are over 300 films currently online, with thousands more being digitized for your edutainment in the near future. Windows Media Player required.

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