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Havdallah Film Café

Mark your calendar for five wonderful nights at the movies! Saturday evening programs include a warm Havdallah service; casual, delicious dinner; award-winning film, and  thought-provoking discussion.

A full season subscription is available for $75. Tickets to each individual dinner and movie are $20 if purchased on the Adath Israel website or through the Adath Israel office by the Tuesday before each Saturday night. Tickets are $25 per person if purchased after that or at the door. For those who would like to watch the movie but not stay for dinner, a $5 donation to Havdallah Film Café is suggested.

Click here or call 610-934-1919 to purchase tickets.

November 10, 2018 at 5:45 PM - Maktub - Co-sponsored by the Israeli Affairs Committee

After surviving a restaurant bombing in Jerusalem, two criminals decide to change their ways. They fulfill the wishes of strangers by answering prayers left at the Wailing Wall.

December 15, 2018 at 5:45 PM - Double Feature!

Voyage of the St. Louis

The ship St. Louis left Nazi Germany on May 13, 1939, with 937 German Jews bound for Cuba. Most had sold all their belongings to book passage, pay off corrupt German officials, and buy visas to Cuba. Hope turned to despair when Havana suddenly barred their entry. For thirty excruciating days, the St. Louis wandered the seas and was refused haven by every country in the Americas. Finally, they returned to Europe, where the refugees were accepted by Holland, France, Belgium, and England. Four months later, World War II began and many of the passengers died in Nazi death camps. Includes archival footage, photographs, interviews with nine survivors, and readings from the diary of the ship's captain.

Cuba's Forgotten Jewels

Marion Kreith was fourteen when she and her family fled Nazi-occupied Europe and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to safety in Cuba. Refugees who made it to Havana, including young Marion, found work to support themselves and their families in a newly transported trade: diamond polishing. Firsthand survivor accounts take us back to 1940s Havana – an era at once tumultuous, heartbreaking, and intoxicating – to reveal an immigration success story.

January 5, 2019 at 5:45 PM - A Woman Called Golda

This epic, made for TV  film biopic of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir received seven Emmy nominations and won three, including outstanding Drama Special and Outstanding Lead Actress (given posthumously to Ingrid Bergman). The film was also nominated for two Golden Globes and won one.

February 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM - Foxtrot

A controversial film in Israel, Foxtrot is the winner of 16 International Film Festival Awards including The Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. 

Michael and Dafna Feldmann, an affluent Tel Aviv couple, learn that their son, Jonathan, a soldier, has died in the line of duty. The Israeli military authorities refuse to inform the distraught parents where and how Jonathan died, or if his body had been recovered. Several hours later, they are notified almost matter-of-factly that there has been a mix-up, and that it was some other Jonathan Feldmann who has been killed. An angry Michael demands that the Israeli Defense Forces allow Jonathan to return home.

March 2, 2019 at 6:30 PM - Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story - Co-sponsored by Sisterhood

What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during WWII. Weaving interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life—from her beginnings as an Austrian Jewish emigré; to her scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film Ecstasy; to her glittering Hollywood life; to her ground-breaking, but completely uncredited inventions; to her latter years, when she became a recluse, impoverished and almost forgotten - Bombshell brings to light the story of an unusual and accomplished woman, spurned as too beautiful to be smart, but a role model to this day.

Contact Suzanne Saltzberg at [email protected], Julia Barol at [email protected] or Marla Zipkin at [email protected] for more information.