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Adventures of a Mathematician Adventures of a Mathematician

The warmhearted true story of Polish immigrant and mathematician Stan Ulam, who deals with the losses of family and friends all while helping to create the hydrogen bomb and the first computer.

Drama • United States • 101 Minutes

American Birthright American Birthright

An Israeli-American grapples with religion, love, and identity after her younger sister marries outside the faith.

Documentary • United States • 66 Minutes

Betrayed Betrayed

Hundreds of Jews are rounded up and forced onto a ship headed for Oslo, the first stop in their journey to Auschwitz. Based on true events, Betrayed follows one family's struggle to stay together—and stay alive.

Drama • Norway • 127 Minutes

Black Notebooks Ii: Ronit Black Notebooks Ii: Ronit

Shlomi Elkabetz's documentary is a poignant and moving love letter to his sister, the late actress and director Ronit Elkabetz.

Documentary • Israel • 108 Minutes

Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn

An unflinching look at the infamous attorney who prosecuted Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, became an anti-homosexuality activist and political mentor to Donald J. Trump before dying from AIDS.

Documentary • United States • 94 Minutes

Charlotte Charlotte

This animated drama tells the true story of a German-Jewish painter (voiced by Keira Knightley) who comes of age on the eve of WWII.

Drama, Animated • France • 92 Minutes

Fiddler's Journey to the Big Screen Fiddler's Journey to the Big Screen

Follow director Norman Jewison's quest to re-create the lost world of Jewish life in tsarist Russia and reimagine the beloved stage musical as a wide-screen film epic. Post-movie program with director Daniel Raim and the actresses who played Tevye's three daughters in the film.

Documentary • United States • 88 Minutes

Greener Pastures Greener Pastures

When a senior is forced into a nursing facility, he turns to love, cannabis and crime to find a way back to his beloved family home.

Romantic Comedy • Israel • 90 Minutes

Grossman Grossman

David Grossman, one of Israel's most notable authors, shares the rare and captivating connections between his life and his novels.

Documentary • Israel • 54 Minutes

Love and Mazel Tov Love and Mazel Tov

What begins as a flirtatious fib snowballs into a wild tangle of lies, ensnaring two couples in a comedy of errors, in this breezy, sexy rom-com.

Romantic Comedy • Germany • 88 Minutes

More Than I Deserve More Than I Deserve

Newly arrived in Israel from Ukraine, a single mother and son are deeply affected by their relationship with a religious neighbor.

Drama • Israel/Germany • 87 Minutes

Neighbours Neighbours

Inspired by his memories of growing up on the Syrian-Turkish border, director Mano Khalil highlights the plight of the Kurdish people through the eyes of a child.

Drama • Switzerland • 124 Minutes

One More Story One More Story

An ambitious journalist uses her best friend as a guinea pig going on a new daily blind date, with unexpected romances and awkward encounters along the way.

Romantic Comedy • Israel • 90 Minutes

Our (Almost Completely True) Story Our (Almost Completely True) Story

An aging screen legend and jobless voice actor navigate the La senior dating scene, in this (mostly) true-life romantic dramedy.

Romantic Comedy • United States • 92 Minutes

Perfect Strangers Perfect Strangers

Betrayals, lies, secrets and unresolved issues simmer to the surface as a group of friends put their long-standing friendships to the test.

Comedy/Drama • Israel • 95 Minutes

Persian Lessons Persian Lessons

An unconventional friendship grows between the German chef of a concentration camp kitchen and the young Belgian Jew who falsely claims to be Persian in order to survive.

Drama • Germany • 120 Minutes

Plan A Plan A

Based on a true story, a group of Jewish vigilantes survive the Holocaust and vow to create the biggest revenge operation in history.

Drama • Israel/Germany • 109 Minutes

Queen Shoshana Queen Shoshana

This acclaimed Israeli documentary tells the life story of the late Shoshana Damari, a singer who became an icon and a national treasure.

Documentary • Israel • 110 Minutes

Rose Rose

When 78 year old Rose decides to re-establish a life for herself as a woman, after the death of her beloved husband, her family dynamics are affected in surprising and powerful ways.

Comedy/Drama • France • 102 Minutes

Tango Shalom Tango Shalom

When a female Tango dancer asks a Rabbi to enter a televised dance competition with her, there's one big problem—he's not allowed to touch her.

Comedy/Drama • United States • 115 Minutes

The Fourth Window The Fourth Window

Behind the international success story of Amos Oz lurked tragedy. This film weaves biographical passages, literature, and conversations with the main people in his life, as Amos Oz tells his last story.

Documentary • Israel • 86 Minutes

The Levys of Monticello The Levys of Monticello

This film tells the little-known story of the Levy family, which owned and carefully preserved Monticello for nearly a century—far longer than Thomas Jefferson or his descendants.

Documentary • United States • 70 Minutes

The New Jew Series The New Jew Series

This hilarious four-episode documentary series showcases the cultural and political influence of the Jewish community in the United States. Presented by Guri Alfi, one of Israel's most popular comedians. Post-movie program with director Guri Alfi.

Documentary • Israel • Four 45 Minute Episodes

The Pianist From Ramallah The Pianist From Ramallah

This inspiring documentary focuses on four years in the life of a teenage pianist from Ramallah, as his Jewish teacher tries to help him fulfill his dream of becoming a professional pianist—and stay happy.

Documentary • Israel • 60 Minutes

The Raft The Raft

A group of Israeli youths decide to build a raft and sail to a championship final in Cyprus. It will prove to be an adventure of a lifetime—if they make it alive ... and on time.

Family • Israel • 90 Minutes

Tiger Within Tiger Within

The unlikely friendship between a Holocaust survivor and a runaway teen is the premise of this inspiring story about the power of forgiveness and unconditional love. The late Ed Asner stars in this absorbing drama.

Drama • United States • 98 Minutes

Upheaval: the Journey of Menachem Begin Upheaval: the Journey of Menachem Begin

Looking back at the legacy of Menachem Begin in a new light, one of Israel's most venerated but complex and controversial leaders receives an incisive portrait.

Documentary • United States • 87 Minutes

Wet Dog Wet Dog

When his family moves into a multicultural Berlin neighborhood, an Iranian-Jewish teenager struggles to earn his place in a Muslim gang.

Drama • Germany • 103 Minutes

What If? Ehud Barak On War and Peace What If? Ehud Barak On War and Peace

In this film, Ehud Barak, one of the most controversial figures in Israeli politics observes his own history and the history of the State of Israel.

Documentary • Israel • 85 Minutes

Women of Valor Women of Valor

Ultra-Orthodox women are forbidden to run for Israeli parliament. One woman is determined to change this historic ban.

Documentary • Israel • 77 Minutes

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