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Seeing Green: The message is loud and clear

Seeing Green: The message is loud and clear

Posted on 25 September 2008 by admin

By Edmon J. Rodman

Is green the theme of the shofar this Rosh Hashanah season? In a year
of sustainability and carbon footprints, high gas and hybrids, the shofar is the simplest, most eco-friendly method of reaching the Jewish community with a vital message.

The shofar, if you pause to think about it,
is a rhapsody in green. Lightweight and easily
transportable, it sports no moving parts — the
shofar blower’s, or ba’al tekiah’s, own mouth
becomes the mouthpiece. Yet it’s dependable
enough to deliver the complex musical message
required to begin a new Jewish year.
A totally natural product, its availability is
a byproduct of an already ongoing ancient enterprise
— sheep herding.
Powered by one human, and empowered by
a congregation, the shofar requires no batteries,
power cord or transformer. When we hear
it, we are the ones who become transformed.
An instrument conceived thousands of years
ago, in by today’s standards a near noise-free environment,
the shofar still has the power to hold
our attention. In urban and suburban settings,
it competes against pagers, jet noise, sirens and
car alarms, holding its own without mike, amp
or speakers. Yet sans headphones or earbuds,
the shofar delivers a sound like no other, penetrating
our kishkes and our consciousness.
It’s the great proclaimer, announcing in a
low-energy way some high-energy concepts.
In Israel, the shofar’s call also was used to
introduce the Torah concept of the jubilee
year: Historically, on Yom Kippur, the shofar
announced that the land was allowed to lie fallow
while also proclaiming “liberty throughout
the land” and the release of all servants.
The jubilee in Hebrew, “yovel,” is derived
from the Hebrew word for ram’s horn — “yobel.”
Yovel and the related concept of shmitta,
a Shabbat of rest and rejuvenation for the land
every seven years, are land-use concepts practiced
today through crop rotation and organic
farming.
Each year we are commanded to hear the
sounds of the shofar — we cannot celebrate
Rosh Hashanah without hearing them. But
what is it that we are supposed to hear?
The shofar, held high for us to hear and see
that day, presents an under-heard and overlooked
message: Jews, now and in the future,
will always need to have a relationship with the
natural world, with the world of animals and
their environment — a relationship that will
need to run far deeper than what “my daddy
bought for two zuzzim,” as the traditional
Passover song “Chad Gadya” proclaims.
When issues of treatment of livestock to be
used for kosher slaughter come to light, the
sound of the shofar can remind us that the
horn that announces the times of our lives
comes from something that also was alive —
an animal that must be sustained with compassion,
with humane treatment, fed even before
we feed ourselves.
We cannot beg the question of our treatment
of animals by using an artifi cial shofar.
Substitutes are not kosher — plastic and metal
are not allowed. Also, shofars do not last forever.
They crack, break and develop holes, rendering
them ritually unusable.
The replacements, like all shofars, can only
be fashioned from a ram, antelope, gazelle or
goat. A world where the environment is so
polluted — where there is no clean water, no
toxin-free feed, no land available — will be a
world that will not hear the blast of the shofar.
On that day, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Teruah, the
day of the blast, will be our “silent spring.”
In a midrashic moment we can imagine a
Jewish traveler, a Rip ben Winkle who after
a bit too much Kiddush wine sleeps for 200
years and awakens in Elul, the month preceding
Rosh Hashanah, only to fi nd that the shofars
are all made of carbon fi ber — perfectly
pitched with lustrous sheen — and practically
play themselves. To what kind of world has our
traveler awoken?
Like our traveler, at some point, we, too,
must awaken, or be awakened by the shofar’s
call. According to the Mishneh Torah, the shofar
says, “Wake up from your sleep. You are
asleep. Get up from your slumber.”
This year as you stand to hear the blasts,
wake to a green meaning in the tones:
Tekiah, the long blast: the wake-up call. Understand
it to announce the stewardship we have
been given over the earth and the responsibilities
thereof.
Shvarim,
three
short blasts:
a warning that
change is coming.
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crack, cracking o
polar ice due to glob
warming.
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notes like ticks of th
reminding us that w
it comes to the env
ronment, the day is
short and the task
is great.
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gave us 10 things
we should hear in th
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prophets of change
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world.

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Legacy at Willow Bend celebrates grand opening this weekend

Legacy at Willow Bend celebrates grand opening this weekend

Posted on 18 September 2008 by admin

By Deb Silverthorn
Dream living has a new address for seniors: a 28-acre senior living community at Ohio and Spring Creek in Plano. The Legacy at Willow Bend hosts independent living in 12 villas and 103 apartments, 40 assisted-living one- and two-bedroom apartments, 18 memory care suites for individuals with early-onset dementia and a 60-suite skilled nursing site which provides short-term rehabilitation and long-term nursing care services. There is a minimum age of 62 for members in the independent living residences.

“I’ve been in this field for 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like The Legacy. This is a gift,” said Lana Van Giesen, executive director. “The Jewish community has always had a reputation for giving wonderful care to their seniors and I always hoped to share my mission, vision and concern with such a community. The Legacy is it.” Before coming on board with The Legacy last summer, Van Giesen spent three years as executive director at Town Village North.

“The commitment for the independent living residences is not a real estate purchase,” explained Michael Ellentuck, president of Legacy Senior Communities, Inc. “Our residents pay no property taxes; they no longer pay for housekeeping, maintenance, a gardener or utilities.” Assisted-living and memory care services are provided on a month-to-month basis and skilled nursing is based on a daily rate without a buy-in.

Buy-in commitments vary with a 10 percent deposit due on commitment and the balance due upon move-in. There is a monthly maintenance fee. The “life care” model provides for members, if and when necessary, to move from their villa or apartment, with priority access, to the assisted care or skilled nursing areas, with only the maintenance fee required. If for any reason a member moves from the community, 90 percent (95 percent for charter members) of the original commitment money is returned to the member or, if deceased, to their personal representative. “It’s today’s estate preservation,” Ellentuck said.

“This was the perfect answer for us,” said June Feltman, who moved into a villa in early July with her husband, Harry. “I still work and now I don’t have to worry about Harry getting up our stairs, I don’t have to come home and cook dinner. If a light bulb burns out, someone else is going to come and replace it. I don’t have to worry.

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Four generations of bonds

Four generations of bonds

Posted on 11 September 2008 by admin

Generations of generosity and Jewish community service will be recognized next Wednesday evening as Dallas chapter, State of Israel Bonds honors Marilyn and Harrell Pailet.

All the couple’s children and grandchildren will be present to celebrate with them at a special event that will also honor the memory of Mrs. Pailet’s parents, the late Frances and Ervin Donsky.

This 60th Anniversary Israel Bonds Awards event will be a seated dessert reception at Congregation Shearith Israel, spiritual home to four generations of Donskys and Pailets.

The family tradition of community commitment is a legacy of Ervin Donsky, a native Dallasite who passed away in 2006.

“He was supportive of every Jewish cause there was, and many, many secular ones,” according to Harrell, who enumerated his father-in-law’s presidencies of Shearith Israel, Golden Acres, the Jewish Community Center, and of course Israel Bonds, among other leadership positions. “Israel Bonds was one of his favorites,” he said.

“He believed that you’re only stewards of God’s wealth and you need to share it,” daughter Marilyn said.

Organizers of the awards event called family members “tireless in their commitment … lifelong community supporters … trailblazers … ardent advocates of the state of Israel and Israel Bonds.”

The current honorees post an extensive record of community involvements mentioned here only in part. Attorney Harrell Pailet, now on the Bnai Zion board, was a president of Schepps B’nai Brith Lodge and served on the boards of Shearith Israel, the JCC and Jewish Family Service. Marilyn is a past B’nai B’rith Women chapter president who has also served on the national Hillel board; a previous Dallas Federation Women’s Division and Teen Tour chair, she is now on the board of Dallas Hebrew Free Loan, continuing Frances Donsky’s work.

“My mother loved being on the HFLA board,” Marilyn recalled. “I still remember her telling me about a woman who was able to earn her living as a seamstress because a free loan made it possible for her to buy a sewing machine.”

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Shalom from the Shabbat Lady

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Shalom from the Shabbat Lady

Posted on 05 September 2008 by admin

By Laura Seymour
By Laura Seymour

Dear Families,

It is the month of Elul and we are getting close to the High Holy Days. I love the month of Elul because it is during this month that the shofar is blown daily. It is a fascinating practice and it reminds me of how practical Judaism is. If you are going to be ready to blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah, you need to start practicing. What a great idea! For those of us hearing the shofar, it reminds us to start “practicing” the changes we need to make in our lives for the new year. The sound of the shofar is a wake-up call — we know that we are commanded to hear the shofar, but that isn’t enough. If we don’t make changes in our lives, then hearing the shofar has not done the job.

Judaism has so many wonderful and practical rituals. It is a perfect religion for young children because it is so hands-on. Every ritual has a deeper meaning but the ritual itself is a reminder of what we need to do. We also have so many ritual objects, and this again is perfect for children. Today you can buy pretend Shabbat candlesticks and even a stuffed Torah. These items are great for young children but it is also good for them to experience the real thing. Every year I recommend buying a real shofar for your child. It is very hard to break and, even more important, it is very hard to blow. If your child can learn to blow the shofar, it is even better. Having the experience of owning and playing (or trying to play), brings a deeper connection to the High Holy Days experience. And make this Chelm story part of your High Holy Days preparations:

A long time ago in the village of Chelm, fire was a big problem and many homes burned to the ground. One Chelmite went to a neighboring village to learn how to solve the problem. When he arrived, a fire started in a home. One man came out and starting beating a big drum. Everyone ran out and poured water on the home, saving it from burning to the ground. Immediately, the Chelmite got a drum and took it back to Chelm.

Soon a fire started and the Chelmite ran out and started beating his drum. Everyone ran out and listened to the drumming. Unfortunately, they did not pour water on the home and it burned to the ground.

It is the same with the shofar sound — if all we do is listen and not change, it hasn’t done the job it was meant for. The shofar must wake us up and then we must act.

Laura Seymour is director of camping services and Jewish life and learning at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas.

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Ask the Rabbi

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Ask the Rabbi

Posted on 05 September 2008 by admin

By Rabbi Yerachmiel D. Fried
By Rabbi Yerachmiel D. Fried

Dear Rabbi,

A company called Natural Burial of Portland, Ore., is selling “a variety of eco-friendly, biodegradable burial products including Ecopod, a kayak-shaped coffin made out of recycled newspapers,” according to the newspaper story. They will also offer “fair-trade bamboo caskets lined w/bleached cotton” and “more traditional-looking handcrafted coffins made of wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.” Prices of the biodegradable containers start at about $100 for a basic cardboard box. “Biodegradable coffins are part of a larger trend toward ‘natural’ burials, which require no formaldehyde embalming, cement vaults, chemical lawn treatments or laminated caskets,” the article also says. This all sounds very Jewish to me (for different basic reasons, of course); I’d like to know if a traditional burial would be kosher in a cardboard box or recycled newspaper coffin — since both cardboard and newspaper are basically made of wood to start with. Or might there be other elements in them to render such things unkosher?

Fred G.

Dear Fred,

I’m sure you’re dying to hear the answer to this question (no pun intended, of course).

In principle, I see nothing wrong with these coffins. The Code of Jewish Law (Y.D. 362:1) deems burial in a coffin altogether as only the second-best mode of burial. Ideally, he rules, one should be buried without a coffin at all, rather be put directly into the earth. This is, in fact, the custom of some of the most stringent burial societies in Israel, especially in Jerusalem where the custom is most prevalent. Based upon this concept, Jewish law prohibits the use of coffins made of metal, concrete or other impervious metals, as they prevent the body from being “returned to the earth.”

Based upon this, I would agree with you that biodegradable coffins would be a very Jewish way to go.

Upon viewing their Web site, however, I have some hesitations about these coffins. The company’s reason for the biodegradable coffins is to do the least possible to “upset nature.” It’s all about being green, and leaving the world without leaving a mark. Most of those who use these coffins also leave no headstone or any other mark which would upset the natural surroundings they chose to be buried in. That’s part of why they’re made in the shape of a kayak, and painted with beautiful, natural colors, decorated with suns and other signs of nature.

This differs greatly from the Jewish reason to be buried in the ground, which is to fulfill the verse “…for you are dust, and to dust shall you return” (Beresheet/Genesis 3:19). That was said after the sin of the forbidden fruit, when the decree of death was first uttered. From the time of the sin, Adam fell from his lofty, spiritual state. Like the poison of a snakebite, the evil of the snake was circulated throughout the body of the first man upon taking the snake’s advice to eat the fruit. The body, now permeated with evil, needs to decompose in order to eradicate any trace of that evil, and be rebuilt in its former glory after the “revival of the dead.” For this reason the body is meant to be returned to the earth and allowed to decompose and rejoin the earth as quickly as possible.

Conversely, we are of the belief that every human being is unique, and leaves an indelible impression on the world he lived in. That is one reason that graves have markers. This is diametrically opposed to the philosophy of the Natural Burial Company, reflected in the style of their coffins. No Jew should leave the world without making a positive mark, and having a place to be remembered!

Rabbi Yerachmiel D. Fried, noted scholar and author of numerous works on Jewish law, philosophy and Talmud, is founder and dean of DATA, the Dallas Kollel. Questions can be sent to him at yfried@sbcglobal.net.

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In My Mind’s I

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In My Mind’s I

Posted on 05 September 2008 by admin

By Harriet P. Gross
By Harriet P. Gross

Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal published “Small Miracles for the Jewish Heart: Extraordinary Coincidences from Yesterday and Today” in 2002. And today is a very good day to pair one of its stories with a plea for action.

An Orthodox Jewish businessman with offices in New York’s World Trade Center was scheduled to fly to a West Coast meeting on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. But the day before, he decided to change his flight to later in the day, and his travel agent arranged another booking for him. He wanted that extra morning to catch up on some routine matters.

So that day, the man set out from his suburban home early enough to reach his office by 9 a.m. But unusually heavy traffic detained him, and he was still in his car, listening to the radio, when he heard the news: Terrorists had attacked the World Trade Center.

Badly shaken, he drove back home. Later, his travel agent called. “I’m in awe of how God has blessed you,” she said. The man’s voice was quiet when he answered: “Of course I feel terrible about all those innocent people who died,” he said. “I knew so many of them personally. But, yes, I’m deeply grateful to God for making it impossible for me to get to the office early this morning.”

“What?” answered the agent. “I didn’t know you were planning to go in to the office today! So God has blessed you twice! The flight I changed for you yesterday — the one you were first supposed to be on — was the hijacked one from Newark to San Francisco that the terrorists rammed into the North Tower. Do you realize what that means? You eluded death two times in one day! You had a double miracle!”

Plenty of stories about small miracles have circulated since Sept. 11, 2001. And some nasty tales have also made the rounds. There are always some people with cruel intentions in their hearts and prejudice in their mouths; they were the ones who said that no Jews at all were at work in the World Trade Center that fateful morning, that all of them knew what was going to happen and avoided harm through a “conspiracy” of their own. But there were many Jews who died there that day, just as there were Jews among the recipients of life-saving grace, like the man in this Halberstam-Leventhal story.

I pass the tale on to you now with a reminder: The seventh anniversary of that never-to-be-forgotten fall morning in New York is one week from today. Some friends of mine in the eastern U.S. have sent me a plea. They are asking me to join their “Fly the Flag” campaign, and I’m passing on their request to you.

“On Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office and store in the United States,” they say. “All individuals should make it their duty to fly the flag on this anniversary of one of our country’s worst tragedies. We should do this in memory of those who lost their lives on 9/11, to comfort their loved ones and friends who continue to endure the pain, and those today who are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.

“In the days, weeks and months following 9/11,” they continue, “our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses, and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared.

“Our patriotism pulled us through many tough times in the past, and it shouldn’t take another attack to galvanize us into solidarity. Our flag is the fabric of our country, and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds. So take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11, and let those sentiments guide you: Fly an American flag — of any size — next Thursday.

“Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round,” the message ends. “But if you don’t do that, then at least make it a priority on this one day. And remind everyone you know to do the same.” So I’m reminding you, and I hope you’ll remind others.

(P.S. I myself fly a flag outside my own home, every day. When it begins to fray, I request a new one from my congressman; when that arrives, I give the old one to the Boy Scouts for proper disposal. I wouldn’t ask you to do anything I don’t do myself.)

E-mail: harrietg@texasjewishpost.com

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12th Annual JCC Film Festival will feature 11 extraordinary Jewish films

12th Annual JCC Film Festival will feature 11 extraordinary Jewish films

Posted on 05 September 2008 by admin

Purchase a Film Festival Series at $85

Tickets may be purchased online at www.jccdallas.org, at the JCC front desk or by calling 214-739-2737.

Tickets will be sold at the theater one hour prior to show time.

Doors open 20 minutes prior to show time. Festival sponsors are admitted 30 minutes in advance. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. Programs subject to change.

Support for this festival is provided by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.


Special Opening Night Presentation, Followed By Dessert Reception

SIXTY SIX

DALLAS PREMIERE

Comedy / Drama — 93 minutes

United Kingdom 2006

In English

Shy, awkward Bernie Reubens is counting on his bar mitzvah to be the defining moment of his young life. The Hebrew is learned, the hall is reserved and the guests have all committed to attend. What can go wrong? Nothing, unless by some miracle England makes it to the World Cup Final game to be played in town on the same day. But that could never happen. Could it? Featuring Helena Bonham Carter (“Sweeney Todd”) and Eddie Marsan (“The Illusionist”) and directed by Paul Weiland (”Made of Honor”).

SATURDAY, SEPT. 6, 9 p.m.

Studio Movie Grill, Dallas

Tickets in advance $14 / door $16

“If you turn your eyes away from us, even for a moment, we will cease to exist.”

REFUSENIK

DALLAS PREMIERE

Documentary — 120 minutes
United States 2007

In English, Russian and Hebrew (with English subtitles)

What began as a fledgling gathering of students and housewives 40 years ago grew into a human rights movement that eventually freed 1-1/2 million Soviet Jews and cracked the seemingly impenetrable wall of Soviet communism. One of the proudest chapters in Jewish history, the story of the refuseniks is the story of the importance of Jewish solidarity and the state of Israel, and a reminder of the great responsibilities that come with living in a free society.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 7, 7 p.m.
JCC, Zale Auditorium, Dallas

Tickets in advance $10 / door $12

Nominated for 8 Israeli Academy Awards!

THE SECRETS

(Sadot, Ha-)

DALLAS PREMIERE

Drama — 120 minutes

France / Israel 2007
In Hebrew and French (with English subtitles)

Naomi, a young Israeli woman, flees her repressive home life to study at a midrasha in the ancient kabbalistic town of Safed. But the order and clarity she seeks is shattered when a mitzvot assignment forces her to help an indigent French woman with a mysterious past. If she provides the help the woman desperately needs, Naomi is violating school rules — if she does not, is she violating G-d’s laws? Starring Ania Bukstein (“The Schwartz Dynasty”) and legendary French actress Fanny Ardant. (Adult situations, some nudity)

TUESDAY, SEPT. 9, 8 p.m.

Angelika Film Centre, Plano

Tickets in advance $10 / door $12

BAD FAITH
(Mauvaise foi)

DALLAS PREMIERE

Comedy — 88 minutes

France 2006
In French with English subtitles

They live, they love and now she’s pregnant. So why not get married? Great idea — but who gets to tell the parents? Hers are assimilated French Jews. His are Arab Muslim immigrants! “Bad Faith” fearlessly tackles the impossible themes of intermarriage, cultural conflict and religious prejudice — and does it with a smile. Starring the beautiful Cécile De France (Étoile d’Or “Best Actress” winner) and written by, directed by and starring Cannes “Best Actor” award winner Roshdy Zem (“Go, See and Become”).

THURSDAY, SEPT. 11, 7 p.m.

Studio Movie Grill, Dallas

Tickets in advance $10 / door $12

Nominated “Best Foreign Language Film” 2008 U,S, Academy Awards.

Winner of 4 Israeli Academy Awards — 10 Nominations!

BEAUFORT

DALLAS PREMIERE

Drama — 125 minutes

Israel 2007
In Hebrew with English subtitles

A 22-year-old Israeli outpost commander and his troops risk all to occupy a fortress inside the Lebanon border, only to be told to pack up and destroy the very place they have just devoted their lives to defending. Based on the sensational 2006 novel of the same name, and in a league with classic war stories like “All Quiet on the Western Front” or “La Grande Illusion,” “Beaufort” lays bare the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes heartbreaking, and sometimes senseless sacrifices of war.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 13, 9 p.m.

Angelika Film Center, Plano

Tickets in advance $10 / door $12

AFTERNOON DOUBLE FEATURE

IT’S NOT IN HEAVEN (the comedy of Yisrael Campbell)

DALLAS PREMIERE

43 minutes

Israel 2005
In English

“Is it hot in here, or am I the only one dressed for Poland in the 17th century?” Side-splitting stand-up comedy and commentary from the man who converted to Judaism not once, not twice, but three times!

STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME

DALLAS PREMIERE

94 minutes

USA 2007
In English and Dutch (with English subtitles)

In 1943 Jack Polak was smitten by the beautiful Ina Soep. But he was already married to Manja. Suddenly all three were whisked to a concentration camp and forced to live in the same barracks. Though Manja was unhappy in the marriage, she forbid Jack to see Ina. So Jack and Ina sustained their romance, and their survival in the camps, through secret love letters. “I’m a very special Holocaust survivor. I was in the camps with my wife and my girlfriend; and believe me, it wasn’t easy.” — Jack Polak

Tickets in advance $15 / door $17

Winner “Best Documentary” — Israeli Academy Awards!

THE CHAMPAGNE SPY
(Meragel Ha-Shampaniya)

DALLAS PREMIERE

90 minutes

Israel/Germany — 2007
In Hebrew and German (with English subtitles)

In the early 1960s, generals, Cabinet members and others in the Egyptian high life knew Wolfgang Lotz as a wealthy German horse breeder with a lovely society wife and an engaging habit of sending champagne and other lavish gifts to well-placed friends. To the astonishment of everyone Lotz was disclosed in 1965 to be an Israeli spy with another family in Europe. Jailed and put on trial, Lotz and his “other” wife made headlines in the Middle East and Europe as everyone wondered, ‘Who is the real Wolfgang Lotz?”

Tickets in advance $10 / door $12

SUNDAY, SEPT. 14

It’s Not In Heaven — 3 p.m.
Steal a Pencil For Me — 4 p.m.

Champagne Spy — 7 p.m.

JCC, Zale Auditorium, Dallas

THE GALILEE ESKIMOS
(Eskimosim ba Galil)

DALLAS PREMIERE

Comedy/Drama — 96 minutes

Israel 2007
In Hebrew with English subtitles

Confined to their retirement quarters, the now-elderly founding members of a Galilee kibbutz spend their days in peace and among friends. Then they discover that the kibbutz is bankrupt and the young working families have looted and abandoned the property before the bank can shut it down. Faced with no food, water, utilities or assistance, the elders rediscover the energy and conviction of their youth as they band together to save the home they worked so hard to build.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 7 p.m.

Studio Movie Grill, Dallas
Tickets in advance $10 / door $12

Winner “Best Film” & “Best Actress” Cinekid Film Awards 2007!

MAX MINSKY AND ME
(Max Minsky und ich)

DALLAS PREMIERE
Comedy — 94 minutes

Germany 2007
In German with English subtitles

Nelly Sue Edelmeister is a skinny, brainy 13-year-old living in Berlin with her American Jewish mother and German Christian father. When a school basketball championship offers her the chance to meet fellow astronomy fan and heartthrob Edouard, prince of Luxembourg, Nelly turns to school basketball ace and resident juvenile delinquent Max Minsky for help. Based upon the popular award-winning coming-of-age novel, “Prince William, Maximillian Minsky and Me.”

THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 8 p.m.

Angelika Film Center, Plano
Tickets in advance $10 / door $12

Winner “Special Grand Jury Prize” Montreal Film Festival!

NOODLE

DALLAS PREMIERE
Drama — 90 minutes

Israel 2007
In Hebrew with English subtitles

Miri, a lonely El Al flight attendant, becomes the unintended guardian of her Chinese immigrant maid’s son when the young woman runs out for an errand and never returns. Faced with the impossible task of reuniting the boy with his mother, Miri presses on through bureaucratic obstacles, disapproving family members, unyielding immigration laws and the risk of criminal charges if she is discovered. “Noodle” is a heartwarming film about an ordinary woman thrust into extraordinary circumstances.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 23, 7 p.m.

Studio Movie Grill, Dallas
Tickets in advance $10 / door $12

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