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Israeli Film Festival: Israeli Film Festival

Our annual Israeli Film Festival is dedicated to fostering an understanding of Israeli culture and access to Israel’s young but thriving film industry. The festival features films based upon various considerations such as awards or nominations, timely subject matter and input from the film community.

The Ninth Annual Israeli Film Festival will take place January 9-13 at the Weinstein JCC.

Israeli Film Festival 2019 - An Israeli Love Story


A film by Dan Wolman | 93 minutes | Fiction | Hebrew with English subtitles

Based on the true story of theatre director and actress Pnina Gary, multiaward winning director Dan Wolman tells a passionate story of love and independence. Set in pre-state Palenstine, Eli and Margalit are torn between their love for one another and where they see their own futures in the Jewish state. In the budding theatre world of Tel Aviv and the kibbutzim, Margalit finds her place in the spotlight. Eli, while planning to marry Margalit, is drawn deeper into the armed struggle for Jewish independence from the British.

The 9th Annual Israeli Film Festival is sponsored by Weinstein Properties. It will run January 9 – 13 at the Weinstein JCC.

Festival Concessions are sponsored by Risa and Jay Levine

Israeli Film Festival 2019 - The Essential Link: The Story of Wilfrid Israel


A film by Yonatan Nir | 71 minutes | Documentary English, Arabic, Hebrew

This film sheds light on an oft-forgotten wealthy German Jew who—through a combination of wily negotiations with the Nazis, large sums of his own money and a long series of selfless acts—saved thousands of Jews in the 1930s and 1940s. Wilfrid Israel, the owner of a department store, was one of the great saviors of Jews and played a key role in the Kindertransport operation. The story of one extraordinary man becomes very personal as filmmaker Yonatan Nir takes us on a journey from a kibbutz in northern Israel to Germany in the 1930's. Nir, who was born on the kibbutz where Wilfrid's name was known but his story was kept secret, takes us on an adventure as he searches for the mysterious hero, and for the reasons for his disappearance from history.

The 9th Annual Israeli Film Festival is sponsored by Weinstein Properties. It will run January 9 – 13 at the Weinstein JCC.

Festival Concessions are sponsored by Risa and Jay Levine

Israeli Film Festival 2019 - Shelter


A film by Eran Riklis | 93 minutes | Drama English, Arabic, Hebrew

Naomi, an Israeli Mossad agent is sent to Germany to protect Mona, a Lebanese informant recovering from plastic surgery to assume her new identity. Together for two weeks in a quiet apartment in Hamburg, the relationship that develops between the two women is soon exposed to the threat of terror that is engulfing the world today. In this game of deception, beliefs are questioned, choices are made, and their fate takes a surprising turn in this suspense-laden, elegant neo-noir.

The 9th Annual Israeli Film Festival is sponsored by Weinstein Properties. It will run January 9 – 13 at the Weinstein JCC.

Festival Concessions are sponsored by Risa and Jay Levine

Israeli Film Festival 2019 - The Cakemaker


A film by Eran Riklis | 104 minutes | Drama English, Hebrew, German

Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who has frequent business visits in Berlin. When Oren dies in a car crash in Israel, Thomas travels to Jerusalem seeking for answers regarding his death. Under a secret identity, Thomas infiltrates into the life of Anat, his lover’s newly widowed wife, who owns a small Café in downtown Jerusalem. Thomas starts to work for her and create German cakes and cookies that help her business thrive and her son overcome his grief. The encounter with the unfamiliar reality will make Thomas involved in Anat’s life in a way far beyond his anticipation, and to protect the truth he will stretch his lie to a point of no return. Pastry dough is far from the only thing that requires—and receives—delicate handling in The Cakemaker, a tender, tactile and just-sweet-enough story of hidden love, challenged faith and unwittingly shared grief.

*Mature Content: Recommended for adult audiences; appropriate for persons over 18

The 9th Annual Israeli Film Festival is sponsored by Weinstein Properties. It will run January 9 – 13 at the Weinstein JCC.

Festival Concessions are sponsored by Risa and Jay Levine