Let’s go to the Movies!

Summertime, new movie releases and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival!


The outreach programs in the bay area are all co-sponsoring Strangers a film about an Israeli – Palestinian love affair. Now I know that seems like an odd choice as an “interfaith” film – it wasn’t our choice. The Film Festival people suggested it. But it will be fun and we can see what we get out of it.



Israel, 2003, 85 min., color, Hebrew w/ Eng. subtitles

When handsome Eyal (Liron Levo) and knockout Rana (Lubna Azabel) are seated across from each other on the subway in Berlin, their backpacks are mixed up, leading to a chance meeting. He’s Israeli and she’s Palestinian, but they both came to Berlin for the World Cup and are immediately swept up in the dual frenzies of soccer mania and desire. After the tealights have burned out in their rented Berlin love nest, they realize that the fact that she is from Ramallah and he is from the north of Israel means they have different views of the world. Strangers is a crisply written, top-notch love story that crosses international borders and explores the boundaries of nationality, culture and the heart.


Date: Saturday, Aug. 9

Time: 8:15pm

Place: Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theater, 2025 Addison, Berkeley

RSVP – call or email me so I’ll know how many reservations to make for dinner.

You’ll pay for your own dinner and tickets.

Co-presented by Building Jewish Bridges: Outreach to Interfaith Couples; Interfaith Connection of the JCCSF; and Project Welcome

Box office opens June 24th. For tickets and more information call 925-275-9490 or go to:




Go here to view the trailer:



All dates for Strangers:

July 24 2008 8:00pm at the Castro Theater

August 2 2008 6:45pm at CineArts, Palo Alto Square

August 9 2008 8:15pm at The Roda Theatre, Berkeley

August 10 2008 7:30pm at Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, Marin