By Temple Beth Israel Films Committee
The Jewish Film Series will return to Temple Beth Israel (6622 N. Maroa Ave.) on Sept. 16 with a golden oldie, The Frisco Kid, starring Gene Wilder as a naive Polish rabbi who travels across the U.S. Wild West in 1850 heading for San Francisco. Harrison Ford as a tender-hearted bank robber joins in his adventures in this comedy.
This is the first of eight films in the 2017–18 season, starting at 7:15 p.m. on Saturdays following showings at 6:30 p.m. of the TV series Srugim, which some reviewers call Israel’s response to Friends.
The films continue on Oct. 7 with Denial, starring Rachel Weisz and based on the real-life trial of an American historian who must prove the Holocaust occurred when a denier sues her for libel.
The other films in the series are as follows:
Nov. 22: Fanny’s Journey—A 13-year-old and her younger sisters are smuggled from France into Italy and face danger as they attempt to escape the Nazis.
Dec. 2: Bride Flight—A romantic drama of three women from different backgrounds who change their lives as they emigrate to New Zealand as war brides. (some adult scenes)
Jan. 20: Closed Season—In 1942, Germans Fritz and Emma hide Albert, a Jewish refugee, at their farm in the Black Forest. Fritz suggests a strange deal in exchange for protecting Albert. (some adult scenes)
Feb. 17: Aida’s Secrets—A quest for answers as two brothers separated as babies and unaware of each other reunite to learn their mother’s secrets.
March 17: Rabin in His Own Words—Some 20 years after his assassination, the words of Yitzhak Rabin tell his dramatic life story in his own words with rare footage of his passage from farmer to military leader to prime minister striving for peace.
April 14: Live and Become— A Christian boy escapes from famine-stricken Ethiopia to Israel, with his mother’s help, and pretends to be Jewish.
For tickets or more information, contact 559-439-9638. Season tickets for the films are $50, single admission $8. Four of the films will be preceded at 5:45 p.m. by dinners for an added $50, single deli meals $12–$15: Sept. 16—corned beef sandwiches; Nov. 11—deli Italian night; Jan. 20—soups and salad; and April 14—deli gourmet buffet.
The Temple Beth Israel Films Committee is chaired by Elizabeth Kassel.