Thursday, April 02, 2020

Two short dramas that explore the dynamic of Jewish tradition, modern Israeli life and family will highlight an Israeli Film Night to be held on Sunday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, HIR, or The Bayit, 3700 Henry Hudson Parkway at the corner of Netherland Avenue.

Sponsored by HIR’s newly formed Israel Action Committee, the two-hour program will feature works that have emerged from Jerusalem’s internationally regarded Ma’aleh Film School, whose graduates have reshaped Israel’s motion picture and television industry.

One film, “Barriers,” focuses on two Israeli soldiers dealing with a life-and-death situation while manning a West Bank checkpoint. Directed by Golan Rise, it was the recipient of major prizes at Jerusalem, Santa Barbara and Munich film festivals. The second film, “Bringing the Wind,” directed by Noam Keidar, is about family turmoil that ensues when a young man returns from a trip to India and announces his intention of becoming an observant Jew.

The evening will include a discussion led by Dr. Gillian Steinberg, a member of SAR High School’s English faculty. A third “bonus” film will be screened following the conclusion of the formal program.

Suggested donation is $15. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP at

By Sy Oshinsky

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