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Ithaca College to Screen Documentary on American Jews Visiting Israel

 ITHACA, NY — “Eyes Wide Open,” a documentary about American Jews visiting Israel, will be shown at Ithaca College on Wednesday, Nov. 30, as part of the Israeli Voices film series. Free and open to the public, the screening will take place at 7 p.m. in Textor 101.

Filmmaker Paula Weiman-Kelman spent more than a year following a wide range of American Jews on their journeys to Israel. The visitors represent a spectrum of American Jewry: Orthodox, traditional and secular; male and female; young and old; liberal and conservative. Shot in Israel and the U.S., in synagogues and airports, at ancient landmarks and modern war zones, the film captures the spontaneous reactions of its ensemble of characters.

The result is a warm and personal film that vividly conveys the joys and ambivalences that inevitably characterize the deep emotional connection between American Jews and the Jewish homeland.

The “Israeli Voices” film series is sponsored by the Jewish Studies program at Ithaca College with support from alumnus Steven Weiss ’91. For more information, contact Rebecca Lesses, associate professor and coordinator of the Jewish studies program, at (607) 274-3556 or rlesses@ithaca.edu.



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