Jewish Films from Around the World!

Join us as we celebrate our ELEVENTH Season!

New this season, the film series is hosting  the “TBI STAGE DOOR DELI WEST” will be open for business and serving casual dinner prior to some of the films.  We promise good food at reasonable prices. All food profits will go directly to Fresno Jewish Film Series. With your support, the deli sales will enable us  to continue showing excellent films while keeping our low admittance price the same next season.

DOWNLOAD the 11th Season film schedule here. (zip file)

Hope to see you there.

Saturday, September 28**….The Jewish Film Series and Temple Beth Israel will have a pre season treat for you……For those of you who may have missed some of the “Srugim”, we will be re-showing segments 7, 8 and 9 of season one. TBI STAGE DOOR DELI WEST will have a hot dog bar along with beer and wine.  The film is free; the food is for purchase.  What an evening to get together and schmooze!   You may also purchase your season tickets this evening. 

OPENING NIGHT is October 12 **"BROADWAY MUSICALS - A JEWISH LEGACY" explores the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical and many of the songs that comprise "The American Songbook." Over the fifty-year period of its development, the songs of the Broadway musical were created almost exclusively by Jewish Americans. These are the popular songs that our nation took to war, sang to their children at bedtime, and whistled while waiting for the bus. A virtual behind-the-scenes-of-Broadway, it is an engaging, humorous, and provocative film, mixing and mingling ethnic cultural history with entertaining perspectives on the origins and meaning of some of Broadway's most beloved songs, stories, and shows. (TBI STAGE DOOR DELI WEST will serve NY deli.)

November 9 "THE OTHER SON" is the moving and provocative tale of two young men -- one Israeli, the other Palestinian -- who discover they were accidentally switched at birth, and the complex repercussions facing them and their respective families.

December 14** "PARIS MANHATTAN" ……The eternal wisdom of Woody Allen informs PARIS-MANHATTAN, debut writer/director Sophie Lellouche's charming and warm-hearted romantic comedy about a young woman whose choices in life and love are shaped by the philosophies of her favorite filmmaker.   A French attempt to channel the spirit of Play It Again Sam. Alice Taglioni is a single thirty-something holding out for Mr Right, while looking to a Woody Allen poster for advice. (TBI STAGE DOOR DELI WEST WILL PRESENT A FRENCH DELI).

January 11 ** "ORCHESTRA of EXILES"…From Academy Award (R) nominated director Josh Aronson, Orchestra of Exiles reveals the dramatic story of Bronislaw Huberman, the celebrated Polish violinist who rescued some of the world's greatest musicians from Nazi Germany and then created one of the world's greatest orchestras, the Palestine Philharmonic (which would become the Israeli Philharmonic).  (TBI STAGE DOOR DELI WEST WILL PRESENT A Soup and Salad Bar)

February 8 "DAVID" ….. Eleven year old Daud, the son of a religious Imam in Brooklyn is mistaken for a Jewish boy.  He becomes conflicted after befriending Jewish kids his age and the longer he plays out his double life, the more he risks driving a wedge in his family.  This prize –winning film explores boundaries of faith and trust in New York’s multi-cultural backdrop

March 8 "SAVIORS IN THE NIGHT"....Based on the memories of Marga Spiegel. In her narrative, published in 1965, she describes how courageous farmers in southern Munsterland hid her, her husband Siegfried and their little daughter Karin from 1943 until 1945, thus saving them from deportation to the extermination camps in the East. Without reservation, the farmers offer the refugees their protection.. They are used to weathering even dangerous situations somehow, guided only by their instinct and century-old code of ethics. They risk their own lives, and, if necessary, even that of their families. There is never a discussion about friendship, reliability, humanity.

April 12 ** "DORFMAN IN LOVE"    Unknowingly trapped in her role as caretaker of her unappreciative family, a young single woman desperately needs to get her own life. When she volunteers to cat sit at her unrequited love's downtown L.A loft, her world, as she knows it, changes forever.  (TBI STAGE DOOR DELI WEST MENU IS "Dairy Delicious" Deli meal $10pp)

May 3 (co-hosted with Federation honoring Israel’ anniversary) "SIX DAYS"...  Although the fighting lasted only six days in June of 1967, the effects of the Six Day War are still apparent today. On its 40th anniversary, the region remains trapped in conflict and is every bit as explosive as it was then. The consequences of the war, born out of secular nationalist dreams, unleashed religious conflicts which permeated the region and the world; the Six Day War has forever changed the politics of the Middle East by helping to destroy the secular basis of Pan-Arab nationalism and transform secular Zionism. It gave rise to a Palestinian nationalist movement and helped unleash the fury of fundamentalism. SIX DAYS covers the weeks that preceded the war, its six days of fighting and the repercussions.

Hope to see you at each one of our films!

Elizabeth and Sharyn




Temple Beth Israel, 6622 N. Maroa Ave. Fresno CA 93704

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