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Northern California Premiere: The Women's Balcony

The Women's Balcony

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A comedy/drama about community, old traditions and values and the power of women to keep all of these together in the face of modern extremism. An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power. When the women's balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi's wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and tries to take control. This tests the women's friendships and creates an almost Lysistrata-type rift between the community's women and men.

Directors: Emil Ben-Shimon and Shlomit Nehama
Israel, 2016
Hebrew with English Subtitles
Comedy/Drama, 96 minutes

Saturday,  January 28, 2016
7:00 PM and 9:00 PM

Oshman Family JCC
Taube Koret Campus
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303

$14 General admission
$11 Seniors/Students/Members
$16 at the door, space permitting

Tickets for 7:00 PM Show

Tickets for 9:00 PM Show

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