Celebrate Israel's 71st birthday with a special viewing of Israeli films! Free popcorn! Kids film options will be offered and Israeli food will be available for purchase at the OMI site.

 

Sunday, May 5
Oakland Mills Interfaith Cntr  2:30-7:30 pm
Beth Shalom Congregation  7:45 pm

 

Presale Entrance Fee: $10/adult and $5/child

At the Door: $12/adult and $8/child

Presale price available thru 5:00 pm on May 2.

The Matchmaker (Drama)

2:30 pm

OMI Room 100

Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa in 1968, gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a matchmaker. Yankele, a mysterious Holocaust survivor, has an office in back of a movie theater that shows only love stories, run by a family of seven Romanian dwarves in the seedy area by the port. The disparate parts of Arik's life collide in unexpected, often funny and very moving ways as he lives through a summer that changes him forever. Avi Nesher's latest film mixes comedy with drama as it tells a coming-of-age story unlike any you've ever seen before.
 

Film will be followed by a discussion with Rabbi Craig Axler.

 

Watch the trailer>>

Abulele 

2:30 pm

OMI Room 300

A 10-year-old boy named Adam, still mourning the death of his brother in a car accident, befriends a kindhearted monster called Abulele. The pair deal with teachers and bullies together, and Adam later protects Abulele from being kidnapped by government forces.
 

For ages 9 and up. Film will be followed by a discussion with Rabbi Daria Jacobs-Velde.
 

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Shalom Sesame

2:30 pm

OMI Room 200

Shalom Sesame is an anglicized variation of Rechov SumSum (רחוב סומסום), the Israeli version of Sesame Street, which originally aired in 1983. Shalom Sesame was produced in 1986 and 1990 for public television stations in the United States, aimed at introducing Israel and Judaism to children that are not necessarily fluent in the Hebrew language.
 

For ages 4-8. Co-hosted by PJ Library in Howard County.
 

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The Settlers (Documentary)

5:30 pm

OMI Room 100

Combining history and headlines, The Settlers is the first comprehensive look at the meeting point, where radicals, idealists, messianic fanatics, true believers and political opportunists, living on the fault lines of an age-old conflict, come face to face with history itself.

 

Watch the trailer>>

 

Gett (Drama)

5:30 pm

OMI Room 300

Trapped in a loveless marriage, Viviane Amsalem has long sought a divorce from her devout husband Elisha. But under Israeli law, all divorce proceedings are overseen by an Orthodox rabbinical court, which can only dissolve a marriage with the husband's consent. And despite the estrangement, Elisha refuses to grant Viviane a gett (divorce papers), inciting a riveting domestic battle of wills.

 

Watch the trailer>>

 

The Jews Are Coming (Comedy)

5:30 pm

OMI Room 200

An Israeli sketch comedy satirizing episodes from Jewish history, from the Bible to modern Israel. This show is notable for its very irreverent tone and political content. It employs very specific humor and assumes at least passing familiarity with Jewish and Israeli culture; non-Israelis, even Jewish ones, will probably find it somewhere between confusing and incredibly offensive. On the other hand, it can be a great opportunity to learn a bit on Jewish and Israeli culture, if you are so inclined.

 

Film will be followed by a discussion with Rabbi Sonya Starr.

 

Watch an episode>>

     

Disengagement

7:45 pm

Beth Shalom Congregation

In the wake of their father's death, Ana and her brother Uli are reunited in France. When Uli reveals that he will be traveling to Gaza to evacuate Israeli settlers, Ana insists on joining him to search for her long-lost daughter. Directed by Israeli director Amos Gitai, this movie was described as “..nothing short of brilliant” by Variety magazine. After the movie, join in a discussion of the movie facilitated by Rabbi Grossman. Snacks provided!

 

 

          

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For more information about these programs, contact Shay Rubinstein.

Israel Committee: Jon Finkelstein, Shulamit Finkelstein, Ora Fisch, Cheryl Gillette, Judee Iliff, Michael Jablonover, Liron Karpati, Michael Laric, Robert Markowitz, Gary Perolman, Peter G. Pollak, Leslie Windman