Temple Beth Israel's Jewish Film Series 2013-2014 begins Saturday with a screening of "Broadway Musicals, A Jewish Legacy" preceded by a New York deli-style meal. This is the 11th season for the local film series.
The food service, provided by TBI Stage Door Deli West," begins at 5:30 p.m. with the screening to follow at 7 p.m. Temple Beth Israel is at 6622 N. Maroa Ave. Having food in connection with the monthly movies is new this season.
"Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy" explores the role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical and many of the songs that comprise "The American Songbook."
Other films on this year's schedule include:
"The Other Son" (Nov. 9): Tale of two young men — one Israeli, the other Palestinian — who discover they were accidentally switched at birth and the repercussions facing them and their respective families.
"Paris Manhattan" (Dec. 14): The wisdom of Woody Allen informs writer/director Sophie Lellouche's romantic comedy about a young woman whose choices in life and love are shaped by the philosophies of her favorite filmmaker.
"Orchestra of Exiles" (Jan. 11): Academy Award-nominated director Josh Aronson's story of Bronislaw Huberman, the Polish violinist who rescued some of the world's greatest musicians from Nazi Germany and then created the Palestine Philharmonic.
"David" (Feb. 8): The son of a religious Imam in Brooklyn is mistaken for a Jewish boy. He becomes conflicted after befriending Jewish kids his age; and the longer he plays out his double life, the more he risks driving a wedge in his family.
"Saviors in the Night" (March 8): The film, based on the memories of Marga Spiegel, describes how courageous farmers in southern Munsterland hid her, her husband, Siegfried, and their daughter Karin from 1943 until 1945, thus saving them from deportation to the extermination camps in the East.
"Dorfman in Love" (April 12): Unknowingly trapped in her role as caretaker of her unappreciative family, a young, single woman desperately needs to get her own life.
"Six Days" (May 3): Although the fighting lasted only six days in June of 1967, the effects of the Six-Day War are still apparent today. On its 40th anniversary, the region remains trapped in conflict and is every bit as explosive as it was then. The film will be co-hosted with the Jewish Federation of Central California honoring Israel's 66th anniversary.
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