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Brooklyn Israel Film Festival 2019

In January 2019, the Brooklyn Israel Film Festival at Kane Street Synagogue marks its 15th year presenting the best of new Israeli cinema. The Festival features three nights of thought-provoking films that explore diverse aspects of Israeli society.

On Sunday, January 27, the Festival presents a special family event: an Israeli film for children will be screened upstairs while the an evening of Israeli short films screens downstairs in the Community Room.

Tickets are available now at
$18 single ticket; $36 festival pass.
$28 Sunday family event ticket (1 adult + 2 children); additional children’s tickets available for $6 each, if purchased with a family ticket or series pass.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019
Opening Night Reception sponsored by Pride Caterers at 7:00pm
Feature at 7:30pm


Feature Film – 100 minutes
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After the Six Day War, a young widow wants to start over, while her late husband’s family and friends try to hold her back to keep his memory alive. We kick off the 15th festival with a classic from 1969 starring Gila Almagor, the first lady of Israeli film. Digitally remastered.

Directed by Gilberto Tofano

In Hebrew with English subtitles.

Opening Night Special Event: Stage and screen actor and Kane Street Congregant Dominic Fumusa and film Professor Stuart Weinstock in a roundtable discussion after the film.

Saturday, January 26, 2018 – 8:00pm


Feature Film – 98 minutes
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When Avner suspects that his wife Ella is having an affair, he secretly records her phone conversations, trying to discover her lover’s identity. But he finds out something else—that he doesn’t really know the woman he loves.

Directed by Amikam Kovner and Assaf Snir

In Hebrew with English subtitles.

Sunday, January 27, 5:30pm

An Evening of Israeli Shorts

“Strings” directed by Vidi Bilu
29 minutes

“Across the Line” directed by Nadav Shlomo Gilad
29 minutes – Watch trailer

“Welcome and Our Condolences” directed by Leon Prudovsky
30 minutes – Watch trailer

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From poignant to satirical, each of these films features characters who grapple with overcoming language barriers and bridging cultural gaps. In “Strings,” a single mother deals with her child’s special needs; in “Across the Line,” a Jewish settler and a Palestinian hitchhiker have an unexpected encounter; and in “Welcome and Our Condolences,” a Russian family arrives in Israel under unusual circumstances.

All shorts in Hebrew with English subtitles.

Sunday, January 27, 5:30pm

Operation Egg

Feature Film – 94 minutes – Watch trailer
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A rare vulture egg must be brought from a safari park in Ramat Gan to the Gamla Nature Preserve in the Golan Heights. But everything goes wrong when two scoundrels steal the egg to add to the dish they’re making for a reality cooking show.

Directed by Elon Gur Arye

While you watch our evening of shorts, kids will love this wild chase around Israel filled with adventures, laughs and important values such as honesty, helping those in need, and protecting the environment.

Especially appropriate for ages 5-11.
In Hebrew with English subtitles.

Special $28 family ticket includes 1 adult ticket to the Israeli Shorts and up to 2 child tickets to Operation Egg, plus a slice of pizza. Additional children’s tickets available for $6 each, if purchased with a family ticket or series pass.


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