Summer Israeli Film Series

June 20   |   July 25   |   Aug 22

Presented by the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston in collaboration with the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest 

$8 Member, Patron of the Arts / $10 Public ($1 Senior / Student Discount) Tickets are available at the Box Office 45 minutes prior to the screening. 

The Ballad of the Weeping Spring

Thursday, June 20 • 7:30 PM
Director Benny Torati, Israel, 2012, 105 min, Hebrew with English subtitles, Drama Review  

Torn apart by tragedy, a legendary band reunites to play an emotional final concert, which is a stylized homage to Westerns (The Magnificent Seven) and samurai epics, shot entirely in Israel but set in a mythical time and place. In a series of quirky vignettes across stunning exotic locations, Tawila, the band’s former leader brings together his old musician buddies to grant the last wishes of a dying friend, while healing his own tortured soul.  

Prisoners of War (Hatufim) 

Thursday, July 25 • 7:30 PM
Creator Gideon Raff, Israel, 2010, pilot episode, 60 min, Hebrew with English subtitles, TV Series, Drama  

Addicted to Homeland? Wait until you see the original Israeli series upon which Homeland is based, even more engrossing and powerful than its U.S. offspring. Prisoners of War begins with the return of three soldiers who had been in captivity for 17 years. Two of them - Nimrod and Uri - come back alive; one - Amiel -  returns in a coffin. The series follows Nimrod and Uri and the people closest to them as they attempt to go back to the lives they were yanked out of 17 years ago. Hatufim, Hebrew for "kidnapped,” has been rated Israel’s all-time highest-rated drama.  

Purchase a ticket to Prisoners of War and receive HALF OFF your ticket price for Fill the Void

Fill the Void (Lemale et ha'halal) 

Thursday, Aug 22 • 7:30 PM
Director Rama Burstein, Israel, 2012, 90 min, Hebrew with English subtitles, Drama Review  

This nuanced portrait of the ultra-Orthodox world won Israeli Academy Awards for best film and best actress and was celebrated at film festivals around the world. Eighteen-year old Shira and her family are struck by tragedy when her older sister dies in childbirth. As her sister’s husband is pressed to remarry, her mother makes a startling proposition. Torn between her heart’s desire and religious and family obligation, Shira must decide her future. Made by an Orthodox woman, Fill The Void offers a unique exploration of the ultra-Orthodox world from an insider’s perspective.   


All films will take place in the Kaplan Theatre, IW Marks Theatre Center, The Gerald Rauch Cultural & Performing Arts Wing of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center.Once online purchasing ceases, tickets will still be available at the door. The Box Office will open 45 minutes prior to each screening. For tickets call the Box Office at 713.551.7255. 
For more information on the ERJCC's film programs, please call Amy Rahmani at 713.729.3200 ext. 3299 or

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