“Women’s Balcony” begins at 7:30 pm
This charming film has won the hearts of cinema goers across the nation. And now, many synagogues are screening the film as part of the annual synagogue programming. Hailed as Critic’s Pick by both the LA Times and the NY Times, “The Women’s Balcony” has a 95% Certified Fresh Rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Here’s a brief summary of the film: An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.
When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and tries to take control. This tests the women’s friendships and creates an almost Lysistrata-type rift between the community’s women and men.
This warm hearted comedy is a life affirming celebration of a synagogue community in the face of crisis. “The Women’s Balcony” speaks a universal language of joy.