The Jewish Heritage Museum presents Documentary “Gellman American Dream” and a Talk about Creating Family Archives

Posted on April 12, 2016 By

The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, (JHMOMC), 310 Mounts Corner Drive Freehold, N.J., will show the premier of “Gellman American Dream,” a documentary about the Gellman family created by New Jersey filmmaker Gary Gellman, on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 3:00 p.m.

The recently produced documentary features the Gellman’s family, who have lived in New Jersey for 110 years. As Jewish immigrant farmers during the first half of the 20th century, they settled in Western Monmouth County and built a business supplying vegetables to the Garden State region.

According to Gary Gellman, a grandson, four generations of his family are still alive. His oldest living aunt, age 97, the only one of nine children still alive and a life-long resident of Monmouth County, hopes to attend the premier of the film.

Karin Levy Gellen, Boca Raton, Florida, who is co-author of “Yesterday,” a Gellman family historical book, will also be present among other guests.

After the premier of the film, Gellman will explain how families can create their own family history documentary. He will detail the entire process, provide guidance about the creation process, and describe how he collected all of the materials necessary to put together the documentary of his family from old family movies to newspaper articles.

“We recorded interviews with family members in their 80s and 90s, incorporated old film reels, photographs, media publications, and created a 30-minute piece that documents our family history,” said Gary Gellman. “Our Jewish history came alive as we produced this documentary and uncovered our fascinating past.” It is indeed remarkable what Jewish farmers needed to do to survive.

Gary Gellman, founder of Gellman Images, has been featured nationally more than 500 times in newspapers, magazines, and on radio, over the last twenty-seven years. This includes appearing nationally on CBS’s The Early Show, ABC’s Good Morning Las Vegas, CBS’s Early Show Indianapolis, Fox’s Good Day Philadelphia, Action News- Early Edition, NBC’s 10, and News 12’s Daytime Edition, to discuss the multi-media industry. He has been a featured speaker at conventions in Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and Atlantic City. Gellman completed his broadcasting and journalism studies at The College of New Jersey.

Reservations for the screening and talk are recommended. Admission is $8.00 for Museum members and $10.00 non-members. For more information or to make a non-refundable paid reservation, call the Museum at 732-252-6990 or visit

The Jewish Heritage Museum is located in the Mounts Corner Shopping Center, at 310 Mounts Corner Drive Freehold, NJ, at the corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road. It is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn. The JHMOMC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and is handicapped accessible.

For more information or to speak with Gary Gellman, call 732-431-8273 or email