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Summer Film Series

The Women’s Balcony 

Thursday, July 6th, 7:30 pm

Nominated for 5 Israeli Academy Film Awards

Best Supporting Actor/Actress, Music, Costume Design, Makeup

Currently Playing in Theatres

“The Women’s Balcony” is a heart-warming comedy/drama about community, old traditions and values and the power of women to keep all of these together in the face of modern extremism.

When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis.  Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and tries to take control. This tests the women’s friendships and creates an almost Lysistrata-type rift between the community’s women and men.

“A very human and funny story.” The Jerusalem Post

“Viewers will leave the theater in a joyous mood.” — Variety

“The entire cast is solid, but the women, especially Ms. Hagoel, bring depth to their comedic and dramatic turns.”  - The New York Times

Visa Versa 

Monday, July 17th, 7:30 pm

A Beautiful Unique Film

Featured at more than 20 Festivals

Can we repent? Is it possible to leave past sins behind?  Can we go back in time?  These questions are posed at the start of this outstanding, very human drama.

“Vice Versa” is a poignant love story between a religious Yeshiva scholar, Yochai and an 18 year-old cancer patient, Ayelet. The two embark on an unexpected relationship that presents a deep portrait of love, faith and repentance that will change both of their lives, transcending the rules of religion, society and faith.  In a world in which physical contact is forbidden before marriage, the future rabbi has to make a choice

that could determine his life.

“The delicate and hesitant love story, and then the complete passion and emotion woven between them, is depicted and staged poetically” – Haaretz (translated)


Thursday, August 3rd, 7:30 pm

A film we missed but shouldn’t have

Winner -- More than 15 International Awards

Two brothers struggle to come to terms with their political and religious beliefs when they reunite in Israel after years of silence.  Dan, a secular kibbutznik and staunch Zionist, lives a quiet life with his family.  His brother Aaron is a religious New York lawyer, who takes up a case defending the rights of Talmudic students to refuse military service.  When the case threatens to incite civil war, the two men are forced to reexamine their relationship, beliefs and political positions.  The film opens a subtle yet essential discussion on the separation of religion and state in Israel as well as the circumstances that tear families apart and bring them together again.

BROTHERS dramatizes the conflict between the secular and religious, and portrays Israel as a political example of a split personality; the struggle between the ultra Orthodox and the state.

Family Matters 

Tuesday, August 8th, 7:30 pm

A Heartfelt Film about Relationships

Audience Favorite Award at the 2015 DocAviv Festival

“Family Matters” tells the story of the film director’s family, when the divorce of her mother, the author Yehudit Rotem, from her father, an esteemed ultra-Orthodox rabbi in Bnei Brak, turned her life upside down.

When Yehudit Rotem, a rabbi’s wife, left the world of ultra-Orthodoxy and became a writer, her story turned into a success story. Behind the spotlights, however, there was another story, the story of the children who were uprooted from one world to another world.

This documentary is directed by her youngest daughter, Noa Roth, who is both curious about the circumstances leading up to the breaking up of her family and wants to come to terms with her own understanding of what constitutes a complete family.

On one hand, an exposure to cultures and societies that you would never encounter in person. On the other hand, there is a common humanity that we can all relate to.


Sun, May 27 2018 13 Sivan 5778