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Synagogue to show film on Israel

Published 5:08 pm, Thursday, November 15, 2012
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The Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston and Wilton will hold a free screening of the film "Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference" at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the synagogue, 30 Hillspoint Road. The program, appropriate for adults and teens, will conclude with a question-and-answer session and light Middle Eastern fare.

The film, having premiered in major U.S. cities and screened in over 150 communities in 27 countries, is a new 55-minute documentary that explores the positive characteristics of Israeli society, highlighting its advancements in science, environment, medicine and technology, according to a release.

The film explores deep-rooted values such as education, family and responsibility for the world -- a Jewish concept called "tikkunolam" -- that contribute to the country's accomplishments in economic, technological and humanitarian spheres.

The documentary is hosted by Tal Ben Shahar, a former Harvard lecturer who returned to his native country, Israel, to examine the core character strengths that have enabled Israelis to overcome challenges and turn a barren desert into a flourishing nation, the release states.

Reservations are encouraged and can be made by email to: joannef@tcs-westport.org.

For information, contact Joanne Folger in the clergy office at 203-454-4673.