In the meantime, here are five suggested Jewish/Israeli movies to see from Netflix to keep you busy.  Some are based on true stories, and they are all terrific, but our favorite is “The Spy Eli Cohen” starring Sacha Baron Cohen.

 

Enjoy! 

Linda Cooper, chair

 

The Sun Valley Jewish Film Committee:

Jay Cooper, Penny Coe, Buzz Coe, Stan Joseph, Harriet Joseph, Fran Michael, Lois Rosen, Ellen Fastow, Joe Fastow, Ken Molkner, Ravona Molkner, Karen Saks, Robert Safron

Committee's recommendations

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The Red Sea Diving Resort

Based on a true story, this is a 2019 spy thriller film written and directed by Gideon Raff. Israel Mossad agents run a covert operation in Sudan that helps Ethiopian Jewish refugees escape to safe haven in Israel.

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The Spy Eli Cohen

In the 1960s, the true story of Israeli clerkturned-secret agent Eli Cohen (played by Sacha Baron Cohen) goes deep undercover inside Syria on a perilous, years-long mission to spy for Mossad.

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Maktub

A drama/comedy rated 5 stars by Rotten Tomatoes Two criminals are the sole survivors of a terrorist attack at a restaurant in Jerusalem. They believe G-d has given them a chance to change their ways. They decide to secretly follow people at the Wailing Wall, taking their paper requests in the wall so they can help them fulfill their dreams.

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A French Village (7 seasons)

This acclaimed drama is about the German occupation of France during World War II, and its effects on the inhabitants of a small village.

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The Meyerowitz Stories

This film boasts a stellar star cast comprised of Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller, Emma Thompson, Adam Sandler, and Elizabeth Marvel. The story revolves around a Jewish family that tries to reconcile with each other over a course of time after being distant for a long time.