Temple Beth-El Arts Committee to host Summer Jewish Film Festival

The Arts Committee of Temple Beth-El invites the community to its annual Jewish film festival with a series of three films this summer. It will take place in the social hall of the temple, located at the corner of Court and Tioga streets in Ithaca. The line-up includes “Walk on Water” on June 27, “Yoo Hoo Mrs. Goldberg” on July 18 and “The Last Suit” on August 22. These are all Thursday evenings. The doors will open at 6:30 pm for free refreshments and socializing. The films will begin at 7 pm. Tickets are $8 at the door (check or cash only). All films are appropriate for children ages 10 and above. Teens are encouraged to attend.
“Walk on Water” (Israel 2004), starring Lior Ashkenazi and Knut Berger, is an award-winning film by internationally-acclaimed director Eytan Fox which explores the motives, strengths and, ultimately, the humanity of an Israeli assassin sent to rectify a wrong committed five decades earlier. Several languages are spoken, as the plot moves from country to country. The film has English subtitles.
“Yoo Hoo Mrs. Goldberg” (USA 2009) is a documentary on television pioneer Gertrude Berg. She was the creator, principal writer and star of “The Goldbergs,” a popular radio show for 17 years, which became television’s very first character-driven domestic sitcom in 1949. Berg received the first Best Actress Emmy in history and paved the way for women in the entertainment industry.
“The Last Suit” (Spain, Argentina 2018) depicts a Polish-born Holocaust survivor who decides to travel from Buenos Aires to Lodz to fulfill a promise he made nearly 70 years earlier. This late-life road movie boasts plenty of “poignant and humorous moments” as the protagonist meets a variety of “helpful characters” along his journey. The film has English subtitles.
The film festival is brought to you through Israeli Films, National Center for Jewish Film and Outsider Pictures. For further information, call 257-9924.