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Film Club

Upcoming Sessions

1. Wednesday, March 13, 2024 3 Adar II 5784

5:00 PM - 7:00 PMIn Person

2. Wednesday, April 17, 2024 9 Nisan 5784

5:00 PM - 7:00 PMZoom

3. Wednesday, May 15, 2024 7 Iyyar 5784

5:00 PM - 7:00 PMIn Person
Past Sessions
Wednesday, February 14, 2024 5 Adar I 5784 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Zoom
Wednesday, January 17, 2024 7 Shevat 5784 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - ZOOM
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 1 Tevet 5784 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Zoom
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 2 Kislev 5784 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - ZOOM
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 3 Cheshvan 5784 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Zoom

Our Bet Torah Film Club is a fun and relaxed way to get more from your movies. Watch the film on your own and then we join together for what is always an engaging and enriching discussion. Newcomers always welcome. Curated by Liz Schonfeld and facilitated by Rabbi Sacks. Meetings in-person and on zoom.

October Pick: The Tiger Within

An unlikely friendship between a troubled, homeless teen, and a Holocaust survivor, sparks larger questions of ignorance, fear, lies, family, love, forgiveness and our divided world at large in this moving story. (Movie available on Amazon and iTunes)

November Pick: Golda

GOLDA is a feature film directed by Academy Award-winning Israeli filmmaker, Guy Nattiv, and stars Helen Mirren as Golda Meir. The film focuses on the 1973 Yom Kippur War and fallout. (Movie available on Amazon, iTunes and YouTube)

December Pick: Where Life Begins

An Ultra Orthodox family from France comes to a farm in Italy each year to harvest citrons. The farm owner, Elio,  meets the Rabbi's daughter who is tired of the constraints imposed by her religion. Through this relationship, she will understand importance of freedom and find her path. In the same way Elio will find the peace he had lost. (The link for "Where Life Begins" will be made available on December 10. Anyone interested who has not attended film club in the past should contact Liz Schonfeld for the link.)

January Pick: Raise the Roof

The 10 year journey to rebuild one of the 200 wooden synagogues destroyed during WWII.  We will meet on Zoom and be joined by the director, Yari Wolinsky, on zoom to discuss the film. (Streaming on Amazon)

February Pick: Golden Voices

Victor and Raya Frenkel were the golden voices of the Soviet film dubbing for decades. All the western movies that reached Soviet screens were dubbed by them. In 1990, with the collapse of Soviet Union, the Frenkels decided to do Aliyah - immigrate to Israel, just like hundreds of thousands of Soviet Jews. There's no need in Israel for Russian speaking dubbing artists, and Victor's and Raya's attempts to use their talent will cause bizarre and unexpected events during their first months in Israel, and turn the beginning of the new chapter of their life into an amusing, painful, and absurd experience. (Streaming on Amazon)

March Pick: Rabbi on the Block

Tamar Manasseh, the charismatic rabbi and community activist from the south side of Chicago, wants African Americans and Jews to become closer allies. With one foot firmly in each of these two communities, Black Jews like Tamar are the natural bridge to help overcome decades of fear, misunderstanding, and lack of communication. 

Rabbi on the Block is a feature-length documentary film that will show how Manasseh brings together Jews of all colors and is building bridges that will serve as the foundation for a revitalized alliance of African Americans and Jews while creating a new style of activist Judaism that takes the religion out of the synagogue and into the streets. (Please contact Liz Schonfeld for the link.)

April Pick: The Jewish Cardinal

Info coming soon.




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