Shalom produces Voices of Israel – a documentary featuring four prominent Israelis

November 20, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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To celebrate Israel’s 70th year, Sydney’s Shalom has produced and directed a documentary film featuring four icons of Israel who convey the emotion and passion that colour Israel’s stories. 

The documentary takes place in the living rooms of Gil Hovav, Dorit Rabinyan, Meir Shalev, and Ron Ben Yishai, as Michael Misrachi asks them each about their lives, their loves, and their dreams for Israel in the next 70 years.

Gil Hovav

Gil Hovav is Israel’s leading culinary journalist and television personality who comes from one of the most respected families in the Jewish world: he is the great-grandson of Eliezer ben-Yehuda, the reviver of the Hebrew language.

Gil is a food critic, an author and an incredible storyteller.

Dorit Rabinyan

Dorit Rabinyan is a writer and screenwriter, born to Iranian Jewish parents. Dorit’s most recent work, All the Rivers, was recognised in Israel as the best-selling book of 2016 and has received significant attention for its autobiographical depiction of a relationship between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man.

Meir Shalev is one of Israel’s most beloved and recognised authors. Meir was born in 1948 in Nahalal, Israel’s first moshav. He has written over 30 books which are published in more than 20 languages.

Meir Shalev

Ron Ben Yishai is the winner of the 2018 Israel Prize and a veteran front line correspondent. Ron has covered many conflicts including Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Syria.

Shalom partnered with two Australians who recently made Aliyah to bring you these interviews with four living Israeli legends from their living rooms; where they opened up about their lives, about Israel, its past, present and future, about possibility, hope and the challenges of living in the only democracy in the Middle East.

Ari Kuchar, the filmmaker and editor, graduated from Moriah in 2002 and was involved with Bnei Akiva for three years. Ari made Aliyah about 2 years ago and lives in Pardes Hanna in the north of Israel. He works as a freelance video producer and motion designer for clients including Intel, Kia, Woolmark, and National Geographic. His parents live in Sydney and his mum, Dianne, was awarded an OAM this year for her volunteering in the community.

Michael Misrachi worked at Shalom for almost 10 years as Director of Programs before making Aliya with his family last year. He was very involved in the Sydney Jewish community as a graduate of Masada College, member of Ohr Chadash Shul, former madrich, and Rosh of Hineini. He is currently living in Rehovot and working at the Tel Aviv Foundation, which raises money to fund urban and social development projects in the city.

Here are links to the teasers for each interview:


Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction


27 November 2018


6:30 pm – 9:00 pm


$15 – $20

Or bring a group (good for 6) Buy 6 tickets for $100

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