The entire community is invited to celebrate Israel's 70th anniversary at Beth Jacob's Israeli Film Festival on April 15 and April 22, 2018. Join us at our opening event on Sunday, April 15 for In Search of Israeli Cuisine followed by "A Taste of Israel" catered by Israeli chef Micky Kent and an hour of Shira B'Tzibur (Israeli sing-a-long) with musical accompaniment by members of Toronto's Freleche Klezmer Band.  Join us again on Sunday, April 22 for the engaging family drama, Antenna, an Israeli-style lunch and the riveting documentary The Field, followed by a Q & A with the filmmakers. Child care is free during the films, but you must register! Purchase a festival package or buy tickets for individual films (and register for childcare)  by clicking on the PURCHASE TICKETS button at the bottom of this page

  • In Search of Israeli Cuisine

    Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. Click above to view the trailer

    Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. Click above to view the trailer

    Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. Click above to view the trailer

    Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. Click above to view the trailer

    Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. Click above to view the trailer

    Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. Click above to view the trailer

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  • Antenna

    Sunday, April 22 at 11 am. Click above to view the trailer

    Sunday, April 22 at 11 am. Click above to view the trailer

    Sunday, April 22 at 11 am. Click above to view the trailer

    Sunday, April 22 at 11 am. Click above to view the trailer

    Sunday, April 22 at 11 am. Click above to view the trailer

    Sunday, April 22 at 11 am. Click above to view the trailer

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  • The Field

    Sunday, April 22 at 1:45pm. Click above to view the trailer

    Sunday, April 22 at 1:45pm. Click above to view the trailer

    Sunday, April 22 at 1:45pm. Click above to view the trailer

    Sunday, April 22 at 1:45pm. Click above to view the trailer

    Sunday, April 22 at 1:45pm. Click above to view the trailer

    Sunday, April 22 at 1:45pm. Click above to view the trailer

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Beth Jacob Synagogue

375 Aberdeen Avenue, Hamilton

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Schedule of Events

 

Sunday, April 15, 2018
In Search of Israeli Cuisine - 2 to 3:30 p.m.

In Search of Israeli Cuisine is a portrait of the Israeli people told through food. The feature length documentary puts a face on the culture of Israel, profiling chefs, home cooks, vintners, and cheese-makers drawn from the more than one hundred cultures that make up Israel today – Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze. A rich and human story of the people emerges. 


A Taste of Israel  - 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Immediately following the film, we will be offering audience members a Taste of Israel, featuring  food prepared by local (Israeli) chef Micky Kent


Shira B'tzibbur - 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. 
(Israeli Singalong) with musical accompaniment by members of Toronto's Freleche Klezmer Band. 

COST:  $20 IF TICKETS ORDERED ONLINE BY APRIL 8 OR $25 AT THE DOOR. 


Sunday, April 22, 2018
Antenna - 11am to 12:45 p.m.

Joshua, an 80 years old Holocaust survivor, discovers one morning, that a cellular antenna was installed on the roof of his house. It turned out that his neighbor has rented his part of the rooftop to a cellular company. Joshua feels a terrible injustice was done. He starts believing that all his diseases and pains are caused by the antenna's radiation. Joshua obsessively starts feeling the radiation everywhere and develops a persecutor disorder which risks his life. He goes to war against his neighbor. His wife Sarah, and his 3 adult sons are dragged unwillingly into this vortex. The crisis reveals the personal problems of each of his sons, and they are forced to deal with their father's dark shadow. 
 

Lunch - 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. 
 

The Field 1:45 to 3:15pm
In 2014, Ali Abu Awwad built a shack on a plot of land owned by his family near the junction to create a Palestinian Center for Nonviolence. He invited some settlers to visit, sit, and talk. They would discuss both the serious and mundane elements of their lives and begin a process of transformation that could lead to mutual recognition and understanding that they must coexist as neighbors with dignity and justice for all. Awwad had been a fighter and militant activist, enraged by his brother’s death at the hands of an Israeli soldier and having served time in an Israeli prison. But now, partnering with the settlers, he and his family created “Roots,” a grassroots effort to advance responsibility and reconciliation through peaceful conversation, activities, and cooperation in addressing the fears and needs of both communities. Director Vardi, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi and resident of Gush Etzion, provides a glimpse of the dialogue between Palestinians and Israeli settlers, and follows the group throughout a wave of violence in 2015 that challenges all of their hopes for reconciliation.  Following the film there will be a live video Q & A session with Ali Abu Awwad, Hanan Schlesinger and film director Mordechai Vardi on their work bringing Israelis and Palestinians together.
 

Q & A with The Field directors   3:15pm.

COST FOR THE FULL DAY, INCLUDING LUNCH:  $25 IF ORDERED ONLINE BEFORE APRIL 8, $30 AT THE DOOR
ONE FILM ONLY: $10 IF ORDERED ONLINE BEFORE APRIL 8 OR $15 AT THE DOOR

Thank you to our Sponsors
 

OPENING FILM AND RECEPTION SPONSOR
 The Allen and Milli Gould Foundation

​FILM SPONSOR
Batia Phillips 

COMMUNITY SPONSOR 
The Hamilton Jewish Federation

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER 
Drs. Anna and Bronte Golda

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER SPONSORSHIPS
Daniel Kollek 
Jag Realty
Alexander Rawana Associates LLP
Judith and Andu Coret Simon
Albert Snow Hair Design Group