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Classrooms Without Borders, in partnership with Rodef Shalom Congregation, is excited to offer the opportunity to watch the film “Menachem Begin: Peace and War” and engage in a post-film discussion with the film director, Levi Zini, and CWB scholar Avi Ben Hur.


This powerful film was produced in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt and presents a surprising and unfamiliar portrait of Israel’s sixth prime minister. Menachem Begin led Israel for six dramatic and tumultuous years, which produced waves that are still felt deeply within the fabric of Israel’s social and political landscape. During Begin’s shortened one and a half terms of office, he faced a maelstrom of challenges and made a handful of fateful decisions that led to both creating peace and launching a hubristic war.

By exploring these events, the film depicts a multi-faceted portrait of a man who held on to an unwavering ideology full of conflicts, as well as the cultural mosaic and fissured society that he sought to lead. The film merges rare archival footage shown for the first time, as well as current interviews held with key figures during Menachem Begin’s time as Prime Minister.


Levi Zini

Levi Zini is a leading documentary filmmaker in Israel with over 40 years of creating independent films and television documentaries in a variety of genres, including art films, docu-activism, and current affair exposés. In 2009-2013, Zini served as Chief Commissioner of Israel’s premiere documentary channel – Channel 8. Zini is a recipient of a variety of awards from local and international festivals. He was awarded Israel’s Minister of Education Award for Documentary Filmmaking in 1999 and 2012. Zini is a board member of the Israeli Documentary Forum, a lecturer and a judge for film funds and festivals. Levi is the founder and Art Director of Doc.Films production house in Tel Aviv.

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“Menachem Begin: Peace and War” Film Discussion with Director Levi Zini

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM


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