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CRO Reel Encounters 2023-2024

Past Sessions
Saturday, March 2, 2024 22 Adar I 5784 - 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM - The Samaritans: A Biblical People
Saturday, January 20, 2024 10 Shevat 5784 - 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Jellyfish
Saturday, December 2, 2023 19 Kislev 5784 - 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM - Deciding Vote AND Here We Are
Saturday, October 21, 2023 6 Cheshvan 5784 - 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Farewell, Mr. Haffmann

“Reel Encounters”

CRO is excited to announce the selections for the seventh season of its critically acclaimed film series!

For the first time CRO is making this season free with sponsorships welcome.

Opening night was Oct 21st with “Farewell, Mr. Haffmann”. 

*** Exciting updates and changes to the Reel Encounters 
screening on December 2: We are thrilled to be hosting
our first-ever double-feature! ***

December 2 at 7:30 pm
"Deciding Vote" (2023) AND Here We Are (2020)

We will begin the evening's program with an exclusive screening of a
short, "Deciding Vote" (2023; 30 minutes), produced by Doron and
Sherry Steger, parents of our own Elana Fishman and Daniella
Steinberg. The film, which tells the amazing story of New York State
assemblyman George Michaels and his courageous tie-breaking vote
legalizing abortion before Roe v. Wade--a vote that destroyed his
political career but changed the course of American history, has
already garnered four awards and an Oscar nomination prediction by
Variety. We are delighted that producers Doron and Sherry Steger will
be on hand following the screening for a brief Q&A.

And for our main feature, we will be showing Here We Are (2020; 90
minutes), a moving Israeli drama that explores the intense
relationship between a devoted father, Aharon, and his autistic son,
Uri, as the decision to send Uri to a special boarding school looms.
Mixing gentle humour with quiet moments of tenderness, this
beautifully rendered film from acclaimed Israeli director Nir Bergman
is a bittersweet and life-affirming story about fatherly love and the
difficulty of letting go.

In light of these changes, we will be starting at 7:30. Note the
change in time, because you definitely don't want to miss out!

                       "Deciding Vote:" 30 minutes; English                     Here We Are: 90 minutes; Hebrew with English subtitles  


January 20 at 8 pm
"Jellyfish" (2007)

Directed by Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen, this artistically shot film offers a compassionate, at times whimsical, and ultimately uplifting look at ordinary life. Focusing on the serendipitously intersecting lives of three women in Tel Aviv, it explores loneliness, the tenderness and fragility of human relationships, and the small kindnesses that can offset the dreariness of modern existence. Winner of the 2007 Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

78 minutes; Hebrew with English subtitles


March 2 at 8 pm
The Samaritans: A Biblical People (2022)

On Mt. Gerizim, a community of 850 Samaritans struggles to preserve its 3,500-year-old biblical heritage.
         Award-winning documentarian Moshe Alafi        explores the challenges, external and internal, that
imperil the Samaritans’ survival along with the determined efforts to maintain their Torah, their unique 
customs, and  the sacred mountain at the heart of their identity.

78 minutes; Hebrew with English subtitles  


Sponsorships available at the
Director ($72)
Lead Role ($54), and,
Walk-on ($36) levels!

For questions contact


For the first time REEL Encounters is a free series!  We ask you to register for each film you plan to see.  Sponsorships are welcome.


Even if you are not sponsoring, please scroll to the bottom and click on Submit so we can know how many you signed up.

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