Renaissance Film Festival

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Friday, December 1, Doors Open at 7.00 p.m.
Shabbat Shirim Service: 7.30 p.m.
Followed by our Welcome Oneg with Rabbi Michael Dolgin
Einstein in the Holy Land

Einstein in the Holy Land 
(Israel 2015, 55 minutes, Hebrew) 

In February 1932 when Albert Einstein arrived in Palestine for a 12-day visit, he kept a journal, never intended for publication. Based on his diary, this documentary traces his journey to the Holy Land, highlighting his devotion to the Jewish state and his involvement in the establishment of Hebrew University. Through amazing archival footage and photographs, this film provides a glimpse into the life of the Jewish genius, his relationship with his wife (and other beautiful Israeli women!) and his astonishingly prophetic insights into the emerging State of Israel.


Saturday, December 2 at 7.00 p.m.
Wine and Cheese
Havdalah with Cantor Charles Osborne
Children of Chance

Children of Chance (8.00 p.m.)
(France 2015, 90 minutes, French)

A broken leg is a blessing in disguise for Maurice Gutman, a young Jewish boy who is taken away by ambulance just as the Jews of Paris are being rounded up by the French police. Diagnosed with tuberculosis, Maurice is sheltered in a children’s hospital ward. As the war intensifies, the chief physician and senior nurse resort to drastic measures to keep Maurice and the other Jewish patients safe. Based on a true story, this tender coming of age drama is a testament to the resilience and bravery of youth.


Sunday, December 3 at 10.30 a.m.

1945 (11.00 a.m.)
(Hungary 2016, 91 minutes, Hungarian, Russian)

Two Orthodox Jews disembark from a train under a foreboding sky, setting a small Hungarian town into a panic. As they walk silently behind a horse-drawn cart carrying two crates to an unknown destination, their presence elicits a spate of rumours. This understated film quietly builds and ultimately packs an unexpected punch.

Lunch (1.00 p.m.)

Harmonia (2.15 p.m.)
(Israel 2016, 98 Minutes, Hebrew, Arabic) 

This award-winning and musically enchanting drama retells the foundational Biblical story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar in modern-day Jerusalem through the Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra. Each woman gives a son to Abraham who grooms the boys to become virtuosos. As the family is pulled apart, the hope for reunification is through the music they share.


 Register Now!

 Temple Members: $110 
 Non-members: $135

 Priority Registration for Temple Members only until midnight October 31.
 Non-members are invited to register on November 1.
 Register now online at  or call 416.487.4161.

 Passes are transferable if arranged by the purchaser.