The Unorthodox

Israel | Drama | 99 min.

Opening Night Film

w/ Desert Reception

The Unorthodox


Israel | Drama | 99 min.


In the lively crowd-pleasing drama, THE UNORTHODOX, a disenfranchised Sephardic father, Yaakov Cohen, tired of being pushed around, launches an improvised campaign to establish influence in 1980s Israeli society. A Jerusalem widower with no money or connection this everyman, played by the sensational  Shuli Rand, is incited to act when his daughter is expelled from a prestigious religious school just for her ethnicity. Fueled by only willpower and a raging sense of inequity, Yaakov and his friends unite to form the ultra-Orthodox Shas Party. Based on actual events, Eliran Malka's accomplished feature debut is animated with suspense and humor, relating a tale of underdog activism and dirty politics, which reshaped Israel and continues to reverberate today. 


“Deftly scripted and supremely acted, it is a close-to-reality account of the founding of the Sephardi Haredi Shas political party, the injustice and discrimination it sought to challenge, its first successes in the early 1980s, its ultimate achievement in winning 17 of the 120 Knesset seats in 1999, and the in-fighting and corruption behind the scenes.”

 - The Times of Israel


Axelrod Performing Arts Center (APAC), 100 Grant Ave., Deal Park, NJ 07723

Sun., July 28 – 7 p.m.

Jewish Heritage Museum (JHM) - 310 Mounts Corner Dr, Freehold, NJ 07728

Thurs., August 1 – 7 p.m.


Marquis Theater (OCF), 1311 NJ-37, Toms River, NJ 08755

Weds., August 21 – 12 noon 



$90 Series Pass Good for all Locations

Axelrod Performing Arts Center
100 Grant Avenue, Deal Park, NJ 07723
732-531-9106 Box Office

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The Axelrod Performing Arts Center is completely wheelchair accessible and provides a variety of assistive services upon request. In addition to Large Print Programs and hearing assistive devices at all performances, scheduled sign language interpreting, audio description, and sensory seminars are available at certain performances and upon request.

Contact the box office directly at 732-531-9106, ext. 14.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts

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