Movie Series

All movies begin at 3 p.m. at the East Valley JCC. Free admission, donations appreciated. Reservations:

August 26

Hummus! The Movie

“Hummus! The Movie” is a documentary that explores the unifying power of this Middle Eastern dish through the stories of three hummus makers:  a  Muslim woman, a Christian man and an Orthodox Jew. 

October 21


A Mossad agent is sent on a mission to protect a Lebanese informer while she recovers from plastic surgery. What should be an easy assignment quickly turns into a labyrinth of espionage and intrigue inside a safe house.

December 2

My Home

In this documentary, filmmaker Igal Hecht explores Christian, Muslim, Druze and Bedouin communities in Israel to discover how these minorities feel about their place within the modern State of Israel.

February 24

In Her Footsteps

Filmmaker Rana Abu Fraiha shares a story about her family who abruptly fled their home in a Bedouin village to move to an affluent Jewish town to fulfill their mother’s last wish. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles. 

March 10

The Museum

This documentary observes, examines and ponders Israel’s most important cultural institution, the Israel Museum, through director Ran Tal’s collection of footage of the museum’s daily routine over an 18-month period.

April 14

A Matter of Size

After losing his job at a salad bar because of his weight, Herzl, a morbidly obese Israeli, finds new employment washing dishes safely out of view from patrons in the kitchen of a Japanese restaurant. After being introduced to sumo wrestling, he realizes he has found his calling.

May 19

The Band’s Visit

After eight Egyptian musicians arrive by mistake in a small town in Israel’s Negev Desert, they overcome ethnic barriers to find diversion and companionship with the Israelis through a pervading undercurrent of shared melancholy.

June 23

Transparent Kippa

This episode of the Herzel Series discusses what has happened to religious identity over the past 50 years.  The trends are examined through the story of four individuals from different backgrounds, ranging from secular to ultra-Orthodox . Hebrew with English subtitles.