Jerusalem for Cowards

Monday Movies: Film Screening (Hebrew with German subtitles) with Discussion (German/English)

Film still; Dalia Castel

The documentary by the friends Dalia Castel and Orit Nahmias, in which they carefully approach their hometown Jerusalem, is tragicomical and deeply personal.

The filmmakers are among the estimated 25,000 Israelis who have moved to Berlin in recent years. They say when describing their reasons for leaving Jerusalem:

"When we were young and lived in Jerusalem, people tried to intimidate us. They said that in 20-30 years only orthodox Jews and Arabs will remain in the city. They counted on us to save the city, fight for its secular, modern character. They thought we would transform it into the cosmopolitan city it was meant to be.

Past event

Old Building, level 2, Great Hall

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

It didn't work. Instead, the intimidation became a self-fulfilling prophecy. We were so scared that there wouldn't be a place for us in the city that we left. We became a whole generation of young, secular Jerusalemites who left the city. A generation for whom nothing is sacred,who is not willing to fight for anything. A generation of cowards."

But their childhood city won’t let go of them. They return for the film, to renegotiate their relationship with their homeland – they visit places that they had turned their backs on and places they have loved. They join tourist groups, go to the football stadium, talk to street vendors and to Orthodox Jews. The tense relationship between secular and (ultra) religious Jewish forces intensifies when they revisit Dalia's parents home, which could hardly feel more alien – it is now a Yeshiva, an Orthodox Jewish school.

Film still; Dalia Castel

Trailer (Hebrew with German subtitles)

The film will be followed by a discussion (in German and English) with the filmmakers about what makes Jerusalem so unique – yesterday and today.

With the support of Siemens AG

A group of people standing in Jerusalem's old town looking at a pigeon in the sky.

Film still; Dalia Castel

If you sign up for an event, please note that the ticket will expire fifteen minutes before the events starts. If you have not collected the ticket by then, it may be given to a visitor who is waiting for a ticket.

Old Building, level 2, Great Hall

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Where, when, what?

  • Entry fee

    Free of charge

  • Tickets This event is fully booked. There may be some tickets available on the evening.

  • Please noteA brief tour of the exhibition Welcome to Jerusalem will be held for Monday Movie visitors at 6 pm.
    Please gather at the Meeting Point in the Old Building; admission with the museum ticket.

  • For journalists Phone: +49 (0)30 25 993 419

Events Accompanying the Exhibition (6) Welcome to Jerusalem Show all

Welcome to Jerusalem

Readings, movies, lectures – events for adults, kids, and families during our exhibition Welcome to Jerusalem

Rechavia – Grunewald in the Orient

28 February 2018, 7 pm:
Reading with Thomas Sparr on German-Jewish Jerusalem

Jerusalem in Conflict

17 March 2018, 11 am:
Public tour for adults on the political conflicts in and around the city of Jerusalem (in German)

Montagskino: Jerusalem for Cowards

19 February 2018, 7 pm:
Film screening and discussion

6 pm:
Brief tour of the exhibition for Monday Movie visitors

Who is carrying the Menorah?

8 February 2018, 6 pm:
Talk by Steven Fine on Jewish Counter-Histories of the Arch of Titus Spoils Panel

Three Loaves and One Hallelujah

Thursday 8 February 2018, 11 am
For children aged 7 to 10 during the Berlin school holidays

Concert: A Prelude to the New Exhibition

6 December 2017, 8 pm:
Jordi Savall with the Hespèrion Ensemble XXI and the Capella Reial de Catalunya