Celebrate Israel Series features the film, Jerusalem

by | Apr 17, 2015 | What’s Happening

Thursday, April 23, 6 pm and 8 pm, Virginia Beach Aquarium

See Jerusalem through the eyes of three different teenage girls in the brilliant documentary at the Giant Screen Theater at the Virginia Beach Aquarium. This event is the second in the Simon Family JCC’s Celebrate Israel Series, sponsored by Charles Barker Automotive.

The documentary, Jerusalem, makes it possible to virtually visit this holy place, thanks to the vision and daring of the team behind the film, presented by National Geographic Entertainment.

“Jerusalem’s producers faced huge challenges to gain access to sacred spaces as well as the airspace above the holy city, which is usually a no-fly zone,” according to an article by The Huffington Post.

Three teenage girls, Farah Ammouri, a Muslim, Nadia Tadros, from a Greek Orthodox and Catholic family and Revital Zacharie, a Jew, each took one of the producers (separately) on a one-day tour of Jerusalem. “What was really amazing was that they would bring me to some of the same places in the city and tell me entirely different things,” he says. “Revital would point out Jewish history, but when I asked her if she knew about the Christian or Muslim attachment to the same places, she didn’t. The same was true of the other girls.”

The producers say their goal was “to look at the roots of the universal attachment to Jerusalem: Jewish, Christian and Muslim. We hope the juxtaposition of these different religions and cultures— all with profound spiritual and historical connections to the city—will reveal how much Jews, Christians and Muslims have in common and inspire all of us to better understand each other.”

Tickets for $18 or $15 for JCC members, are available at the JCC front desk; at the Aquarium on Thursday, April 23.