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2016 Israeli Film Series

From "Rock In the Red Zone." (Foundation for Documentary Proje)

From "Rock In the Red Zone." (Foundation for Documentary Proje)

The Institute for Judaic Studies is partnering this year with the Mittleman Jewish Community Centder (MJCC) to present the 3rd Annual Israel Film Series featuring three films with special guests.
September 29 – 7:00 pm

Article of Hope with special guest, Director Dan Cohen
The story of Israeli astronaut and Columbia crew member Ilan Ramon, who carried into space a miniature Torah scroll given to Israeli scientist Joachim Joseph during a secret Bar Mitzvah at the Nazi concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen. The documentary includes archival NASA footage of the astronauts preparing for the ill-fated mission; and remarks from Ramon's widow, Rona, astronauts Garrett Reisman and Steve MacLean, and former Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres.
October 6 – 7:00 pm

The Rock in the Red Zone with special guest, Director Laura Bialis via Skype
For the past 14 years, the Israeli town of Sderot has been bombarded with rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. Despite the constant fear and regular runs to bomb shelters, Sderot has become an epicenter for rock music in Israel. Director Laura Bialis travels to Israel and finds a community there that is unlike any other.
October 13 – 7:00 pm

Five Hours from Paris
Yigal is a divorced taxi driver who remains in close contact with his ex-wife and her new husband, in order to be close to his son. His personal dream is to visit Paris, but he is terrified of flying--even though it's only a five hour flight from Tel Aviv. Picking up his son from afternoon choir practice, Yigal slowly and tentatively becomes emotionally involved with his son's music teacher, an immigrant from Russia. At first glance, the two seem to be from different worlds - while Yigal is an uneducated taxi driver, the music teacher is worldly and educated. Nonetheless, they enjoy spending time together and a gentle and sweet relationship develops between the two opposites, which begins to grow more and more complex.

Single tickets: $5 for MJCC and IJS members; $8 for non-members.
 A series pass: $12 for members; $20 non-members.