TV, film shine light on religious spectrum in Israel

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Israeli films and television series shed light on the numerous ways in which Israelis act out their Jewishness. After many decades of distinctly secular Israeli cinema, in recent years a broad spectrum of characters and content has unfolded concerning Jewish identity, questions of faith and the religious space.

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, you will be able to view clips from some of these films and TV programs as Galit Roichman uses the clips to explore the realities of what it means to be Jewish in Israel and to confront issues of the secular-religious divide. Clips from both cinema and TV series will depict the Jewish religious spectrum in Israel.

Sponsored by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, the free program is presented in celebration of Israel’s 75th anniversary.

Galit Roichman is a screenwriter and an ardent cinema lecturer. She holds a bachelor's degree from Haifa University, in Israel, and a master's degree in cinema studies from the University of Tel-Aviv. She lives and works in Tel- Aviv and is a member of the Israeli Academy of Film and Television. Her presentations examine the changing face of Israeli society as depicted in Israeli films and television.

This virtual program is one of many this year presented in celebration of Israel’s 75th anniversary and is part of the monthly Israeli Culture Series, which is held on the second Wednesday evening of most months. It will take place on Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. on Zoom. For more information, please contact Elihay Skital, community shaliach/Israeli emissary, at 401-421-4111 or ESkital@jewishallianceri.org. Registration information will be coming soon at jewishallianceri.org.

Submitted by Larry Katz, director of Jewish Life and Learning