Sunday, March 5

Opening Day

2:00 PM | On the Map 
2:00 PM | Children's Screening: Guavas 
7:30 PM | Opening Night: Harmonia


2:00 PM | On the Map

Presented with Congregation Beth Jacob and Congregation B’nai Israel
ALTERNATE LOCATION: Premiere Cinema 11 Galveston
8902 Seawall Blvd, Galveston 77554
Directed by Dani Menkin
Israel, 2016, 85 min
English, Hebrew with English subtitles
Houston Premiere

This is the story of Israel’s 1977 basketball team – the first team to bring the European Cup to Israel, just after the Yom Kippur War and the Munich Olympics. When this ragtag team of Israelis and Americans won, Israel was placed firmly on the map.

With incredible footage of 1970s Israel, the film features interviews with Bill Walton, David Stern, Tal Brody and the other athletes. Told through the eyes of six American basketball players who joined Maccabi, On the Map honors Israeli heroes and mesmerizes fans of the game.

FREE with a canned good 


Guavas2:00 PM | Family Screening with Shabbatify: Guavas

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC
Directed by Kobi Machat
Israel, 2015, 80 min
Hebrew with English subtitles
Houston Premiere
For Families with Children Ages 6 and Older
Open to the Public

Billie and her parents have moved to an apartment house in a new town. Billie’s new home is populated by a group of most peculiar types, human, animal, and puppets: Pertchik, a puppet and building superintendent, Giovanni and Yardus, the hairdresser and his assistant, and Shlihta, the dog.

Outside is a guava tree containing a treehouse and a hammock that the mayor’s assistant threatens to cut down. Billie is called to action and leads the social protest movement to save the tree.

Shabbatify Goes to the Movies!
Shabbatify brings together elementary school families for meaningful and fun-filled Shabbat and Sunday afternoons. Families will make Mishloach Manot (festive gifts for the holiday of Purim) and enjoy popcorn and other movie snacks during the film.

$10 Family Ticket

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7:30 PM | Opening Night

Opening Night Festivities Begin at 6:30 PM
Encore Screening: Thursday, March 16 | 5:00 PM

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC
Directed by Ori Sivan
Israel, 2016, 98 min
Hebrew/Arabic with English subtitles
Houston Premiere

A contemporary adaptation of the biblical tale of Abraham (Alon Aboutboul), Sarah, and Hagar, set in the world of the Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor Abraham and his wife Sarah, the orchestra's harpist, cannot have children. Hagar, a beautiful, young horn player from East Jerusalem, offers to have a baby with Abraham for the couple.

But the child grows estranged from Sarah. Through this ancient story, Harmonia presents a poignant metaphor to the struggle between the rival sibling religions that inhabit Jerusalem.

For Opening Night only: all tickets are reserved seating. Buy your ticket early to ensure seats.

Patron of the Arts: Reserve your seat with or call 713.551.7219
Festival Pass holders: Reserve your seat with or call 713.551.7215

Sponsored by June and Leonard Goldberg 

$12 Member | $18 Public

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