ISRAELI-TV BINGE WITH COMEDIAN GURI ALFI
Daniel Adar | TV Comedy Docuseries | Israel, 2020 | English, Hebrew w/English subtitles | 4 episodes, 45m each | PG
Virtual Screening: Monday, March 28 – Sunday, April 10
Film: Ever wonder how Israelis perceive American Jews? This four-part series, hosted by Israeli funnyman Guri Alfi, explores the entertaining differences and divides between the two epicenters of world Jewry, raising the ultimate question: are we still one people?
Guest Zoom Conversation: Join us for a conversation with Comedian Guri Alfi (Thursday, March 31, 8:30 pm PT). Oy vey, it’s been a tough year, so get ready to laugh as we host comedian Guri Alfi and his series co-creator Moshe Samuels discussing the story behind the show’s creation, its impact on the Israeli public and American audiences, and the future relationship of Israeli and American Jews. Zoom conversation available for pass and ticket holders only. Ticket and pass holders will receive an emailed access link one (1) hour before with instructions to join the Zoom or a link to the recording.
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Full Film Details:
Ever wonder how Israelis perceive American Jews? Guri Alfi, Israel’s most popular comedian and TV personality, takes us on a hysterical, four-episode journey highlighting the entertaining cultural and political rifts between Jews living in the United States and Israelis. In the summer of 2018, Alfi and his family moved to the US. Like many Israelis abroad, he found himself experiencing an identity crisis, questioning what his Jewishness looked like outside of the Jewish state. The series follows Alfi as he embarks on a journey across North America, exposing viewers to some of the most vibrant and creative expressions of Jewish identity and Judaism today through the lens of his razor-sharp, often sarcastic wit. He explores the core differences and two models of “New Jews” in the 20th century: the Israeli sabra and the American Jew. “Are we still one people?” he wonders, at a time when the relationship between American Jewry and the State of Israel has reached an unprecedented low. THE NEW JEW addresses this chasm with humor in a compelling and entertaining way. This series received rave reviews from Israeli television critics, generated public conversation about Israel’s relationship to pluralistic Judaism in the US, and provides an opportunity to reflect on American Jews and their ties to modern-day Israel.
Guri Alfi, host and series creator, is one of the most well-known television personalities in Israel. He is an Israeli actor, director, and comedian who has starred in numerous comedy and dramatic series, films, including an Israeli Academy Award (Ophir) nomination for his role in Eran Riklis’s HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER and winner of the Israeli Theatre Award for “Play It Again, Sam.” Alfi is known for his role in the Israeli political-satirical show “State of the Nation,” and host of the late-night shows “Tonight with Guri Alfi” and “Tonight with Guri and Lucy,” both winners of the Israeli Academy Awards for television for best entertainment program. In the past year, Alfi has starred in two acclaimed dramas, THE COOK and BLACKSPACE, and in the poignant satirical series “Transparent.”
Moshe Samuels, series creator, chief of research, deputy editor, and writer, is a “professional Jew” with extensive experience as an emissary and educator in Israel and the United States. In recent years, he has served as CEO of ShazuR/Interwoven, an organization founded to introduce Israelis to contemporary Jewish life and help bridge the growing gap between the two epicenters of the Jewish world. The idea for this series was inspired by the meaningful encounters he experienced during his travels, which influenced his own Jewish and Israeli identity.
Binge TV Series: Includes all six episodes, streaming for 72 hours. Make it a TV dinner event – order from our catering partners: Zylbershtein’s, Muriel’s All Day Eats (new kosher restaurant), and Rubinstein Bagels.
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