Annual Israeli Film Festival planned at Temple Israel

The films “The Little Traitor” and “Hunting Elephants” will headline the eighth annual Israeli Film Festival at Congregation Temple Israel Sunday, March 29, starting at 4 p.m. The films will be screened in the congregation’s Gall Family Sanctuary, located at 1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Drive in Creve Coeur.  Admission is free and open to the public and complimentary Israeli refreshments will be served between screenings. Advance reservations are requested.  

“The Little Traitor” will open the festival at 4 p.m.  This drama is primarily in English with subtitles when needed, and is appropriate for teens and adults. The film centers on Proffy, a young boy growing up in Jerusalem during the British Mandate. Proffy becomes caught between his hatred of the British and his new friendship with a kind British sergeant.  As their relationship grows, the Proffy finds himself shunned by his friends and labeled a “traitor” by his neighbors.

”Hunting Elephants” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. This adult comedy is in Hebrew with English subtitles. Three elderly men and a grandson find themselves stuck together in a nursing home. The only thing they have in common is their desire to rob the bank that employed the boy’s father because of the bank’s refusal to pay death benefits to the family.

The Israeli Film Festival is co-sponsored by the Israel Engagement Committee of Temple Israel and by the St. Louis Israeli community.

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To RSVP for either or both films, contact Melanie Thiede at Temple Israel, 314-432-8050 or [email protected]