Tag: Videos

Strangers No More: Academy Award Winning Film about a Tel Aviv School on HBO

Strangers No More, the Academy Award winning documentary about Tel Aviv’s Bialik-Rogozin School, debuts on Monday, December 5th (6:45-7:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

According to the eJewish Philanthropy blog:

The school, serving one of the most economically challenged and socially diverse student populations in Israel, has morphed from a failing one to a highly successful and closely watched model for improving students’ lives and outlooks, strengthening and supporting families, advancing assimilation and socialization into Israeli society, and changing social and cultural attitudes toward respect of the other. Karen Tal, Bialik-Rogozin’s former principal, was recently awarded the 2011 Charles Bronfman Prize for her work with the school. [They] highly recommend tuning in if you haven’t yet seen the film. 

The film is poignant and highlights the creativity that is Israel:

In the heart of Tel Aviv, there is an exceptional school where children from forty-eight different countries and diverse backgrounds come together to learn. Many of the students arrive at Bialik-Rogozin School fleeing poverty, political adversity and even genocide. 

Here, no child is a stranger.

Strangers No More follows several students’ struggle to acclimate to life in a new land while slowly opening up to share their stories of hardship and tragedy.

With tremendous effort and dedication, the school provides the support these children need to recover from their past. Together, the bond between teacher and student, and amongst the students themselves, enables them to create new lives in this exceptional community.

If Cee-Lo Green Were Jewish, He Would Sing…

Michelle and I were treated to seats at the Grammys this year, courtesy of some dear congregants in the business. We had fun dressing up, and hearing a wide range of music from Bob Dylan to Ladies Gaga and Antebellum. Barbra (Streisand) and Mick (Jagger) sang as did Justin (Bieber) and Jaden (Smith).

We rocked out to Cee-Lo Green‘s Forget You, sung by Cee-Lo and Gwyneth (Paltrow).

The tune is all the more enjoyable, when re-jew-venated (or jewified) as Bar’chu (I’m A Jew) by Jew Man Group.

Israelis Tackle … American Football

Hut 1, hut 2, hike, hike…

In Israel, there are two main sports: soccer and basketball.  Over the past years, groups of American olim (immigrants) have made attempts – some more successful than others – to bring baseball to the Holy Land

Recently, Israelis are flirting with football – American tackle football.  And, under the auspices of the Israel Football League, it looks like American football just might catch on.  The Tel Aviv-Yafo Sabras, Jerusalem Lions, Herzliya Hammers, the Beer Sheva Black Swarm and others scrimmage, run, pass and tackle.  As the New York Times video reports: