Beth Jacob Synagogue
Beth Jacob CemetaryBeth Jacob's Israeli Film Festival
Saturday, Sunday, March 19 & 20

Beth Jacob is delighted to announce the return of its Israeli Film Festival on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20, 2016.

Opening night on March 19 at 8:30 p.m. will feature the acclaimed film, Dancing Arabs. This is a magnetic portrait of a scholarship granted Palestinian-Israeli boy’s years in a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem, where he struggles with issues of language, culture, and identity: He makes friends, falls in love, shares adolescence, and eventually experiences the transitions of his Jewish school friends as they begin their army service. The movie provides some excellent vignettes into what it means to grow up in Israel.
We follow with two excellent Sunday films that take the always-unique ‘out of the box’ Israeli perspective, with these movies, some very funny Israeli tongue in cheek ‘black humor’ examining, of all things, euthanasia, death and suicide. We promise you’ll enjoy these surreal romps touching on subjects we normally think of as taboo – but of course – in Israel – few things are sacred!

The Farewell Party, at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, tells the story of residents of a retirement home who build a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help their terminally ill friend.

The second film, Dr. Pomerantz starring legendary Assi Dayan, (son of Moshe Dayan), was Dayan’s final work as a director as well as an actor, before his death in May 2014. The film, which will be screened at 2 p.m. on Sunday, tells the story of an unemployed clinical psychologist, who decides to rent out his apartment to potentially suicidal tenants as a money making enterprise.

Hilarious, absurd, sad and philosophical, these two black comedies raise the important question of why we live or, more accurately, why we don’t just give up on living.

The festival will also feature artwork by local Israeli artist, Hana Pinthus in an exhibit that explores her experience of changing identity from Israeli to an Israeli who is also Canadian.

The $30 admission includes all three films plus a delicious Israeli lunch served at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, as well as an artist’s talk by Hana Pinthus. One day only ticket price is $20. Student and Senior prices for the whole weekend is $20. To order tickets please call 905.522.1351 or email the shul