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Saturday, February 23, 2019
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7:00pm [7:00pm] CAA Movie Night- Shtisel
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Due to an availability issue, we will be unable to screen "The Believer" as previously scheduled. Instead, join us as we watch the first few episodes of Shtisel, a TV series out of Israel, focusing on a fictional, ultra-orthodox family from Jerusalem. This family drama follows a young bachelor and his widowed father, who search for love within the strict rules of religious observance. At the heart of “Shtisel” is the relationship between Shulem Shtisel, a recently widowed Talmud Torah principal, and his youngest son, Akiva, a bachelor who still lives at home. There is true love between them, but their relationship is fraught with tension over Akiva’s still being single, as well as over his preference for making art instead of studying and teaching Torah. This clash intensifies when Akiva’s paintings gain the attention of a successful secular art gallery owner who secures for him a stipend, a studio and even a solo exhibition at the Israel Museum. The other main plot lines deal with Giti, one of Shulem’s daughters, and her family. Her husband, Lipa, overwhelmed with the responsibilities of supporting a large family, goes abroad (ostensibly for a job) and disappears for months. Left to raise and financially support the children on her own, Giti almost falls apart under the strain. Lipa eventually returns, but it is not easy for Giti to forgive him. Pained by her parents’ complicated relationship, teenage daughter Ruchama rebels by rashly marrying a young student without telling anyone. Additional strands of the dramatic narrative involve other members of the extended Shtisel family and their friends and neighbors in Geula. The Haredi lifestyle is presented as a given, and by and large the characters do not strain against its strictures. At the same time, the series does not shy away from dealing with real-life issues facing ultra-Orthodox Israelis, such as the pressure to marry early and the difficulty of supporting large families (especially in cases where husbands study Torah full time). Click here for a preview: https://youtu.be/Nxm5ZNCcIsQ Join us on Saturday, February 23, at 7:00. We’ll have popcorn and other snacks, brief framing comments, and then the screening. After the film we’ll have a discussion. No charge for CAA members. We ask that non-members donate $5 a person to cover refreshments and movie rental/purchase.

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