The Women’s Balcony
One of the most popular films in Israel in recent years, this good-hearted “dramedy” shows that there are many ways to follow tradition. After the women’s balcony collapses in a modern Orthodox synagogue in Jerusalem and the elderly rabbi falls ill, a young rabbi is hired as the temporary spiritual leader. But his stricter views on Jewish law cause major repercussions, leading the female congregants to rally for their right to be full partners in the synagogue’s religious life. Nominated for 5 Israeli Academy Awards, The Women’s Balcony will leave you smiling.
Co-sponsor: Beth Chaim Congregation.
Underwritten by the Contra Costa JCC; Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay; Jean and Sandy Colen.
Short / Israel / 2016 / 13 mins / Hebrew and Russian with English subtitles
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