This was one of the best evenings Café Avra Productions has ever filmed and edited. The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development hosted a poetry slam with Jewish and Muslim young artists from both Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Very deep and important content here. Highly recommended to watch if you have an hour or so. Prepare to be inspired…
Link to Video: youtu.be/nIKQWxIjqRk
Café Avra Productions is really pleased to have been able to make this video for Friends by Nature’s Summer Camp Campaign.
This is such an important initiative to give these wonderful kids an inspiring summer.
After the recent protests around Israel from this community, we hope more people are aware of the need to support such programs.
Please click on the image below to be transferred to the Indiegogo page and to see the video.
We are excited to announce that our film “Alternative Jerusalem Day” will be exhibited at the Jewish Museum Hohenems in Austria from May 10, 2015-Feb 14, 2016.
The exhibition is about the “controversial” light rail train in Jerusalem..as they call “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
“For the past three years, a controversial streetcar has been connecting Jerusalem’s west with Jewish settlements in the city’s Palestinian eastern part. This public means of transport is a place of encounter between inhabitants, whether Israeli or Palestinian, pilgrims and tourists, religious and secular people. The Jewish Museum Hohenems takes its visitors on a journey through the city that is considered holy by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. A city, people from all over the world claim for themselves. A city, in which all conflicts of the past and present have their place.”
If anyone is passing through Austria, please stop by….
Hi Fans and Followers,
It has been a beautiful last year with many video clips that I didn’t get to share…for a good reason. B’h our son Ovadia Shalom was born this past January, 30 2014 so I had a few weeks off the editing software:)
Here are some clips from the recent year that you might enjoy at your leisure:
The Promotional Clip for the First Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art!
Jerusalem of Snow! A foot of snow hits unprepared Jerusalem…and of course United Hatzalah was to the rescue!
Jowin Silantoi’s Journey from Kenya to Israel for life-saving heart surgery thanks to Save a Child’s Heart
*There are so many more clips I would love to share, but as per my clients request they need to remain private.
Hope to share some more clips in the upcoming months.
Shabbat Shalom to all.
I would like to share with you a special clip I have subtitled from Arabic to English.
I have worked with Eli Beer-President of United Hatzalah and Murad Alyan-Coordinator of the East Jerusalem team for almost two years and I truly appreciate their sincere cooperation to saving lives in Israel, with no political agenda, that sincerely creates peace between Jews and Arabs in Israel.
Victor J. Goldberg, a former IBM executive, awarded Eli and Murad from United Hatzalah of Israel a “Middle East Peace Prize” this past Monday evening, in which I was lucky enough to share in the “simcha”.
Around 3-4 years ago, not without controversy, Eli and Murad decided to open up a branch of United Hatzalah in East Jerusalem which currently has 100, fully-equipped volunteers throughout the neighborhoods. Many of them are located in the Old City of Jerusalem, in which they respond by foot to calls, not only in the Muslim Quarter, but in the Christian and Jewish quarters as well.
There are too many stories to mention in which Jewish volunteers provide life-saving medical care to Arabs and Arab volunteers provide life-saving medical care to Jews (sometimes very prominent Rabbis!).
I congratulate Eli and Murad on their non-political efforts in truly bringing peace into this region. I wish them all the success as they expand their teams of Arab volunteers into Kfar Qasim in the north of Israel, as well as other villages.
Please do be in contact if you are visiting Israel and would like to visit the United Hatzalah headquarters in Jerusalem to see the volunteers in action.
I recently got the opportunity to film this short clip for Save a Child’s Heart in which Brussels Airlines donated 10 seats to three children who need live saving heart surgery, along with 7 doctors and nurses who are coming to train with Save a Child’s Heart at Wolfson Hospital in Holon.
Kol Ha Kavod to Brussels Airlines!
Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) is an Israeli-based international humanitarian project, whose mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries who suffer from heart disease and to create centers of competence in these countries. SACH is totally dedicated to the idea that every child deserves the best medical treatment available, regardless of the child’s nationality, religion, color, gender or financial situation.
Glad to be able to assist Friends by Nature in editing this short clip of brick-breaking and Women’s Empowerment for International Women’s Day on March 8, 2013.
Check out their Brick Breaking skills here!
Friends by Nature – Community Empowerment runs programs for at-risk Ethiopian Israeli youth, providing them and their families with a sense of belonging and purpose, with their eyes to the future. The organization seeks to build and empower communities which operate a variety of programs and make them sustainable.
If you think co-existence in Jerusalem doesn’t exist, please watch this video I made for United Hatzalah of Israel, a volunteer based, emergency rescue organization in Israel that has religious Jewish and Arab volunteers.
Arabs and Jews saving lives together. True story.
For more information on United Hatzalah of Israel, click here.
Meet Matan Nitsky, a colleague of mine at United Hatzalah of Israel where I currently work in Jerusalem.
I made this film on Matan back in October, on his ‘triple’ life.
A Yeshiva student in the morning, a Civil Service volunteer in the afternoon at United Hatzalah, and a father in the evening.
Matan’s stories continue to inspire me each time we briefly speak in the United Hatzalah storage room where he works.
He has been saving lives since he was a teenager.
He recently told me that he was at the Mercaz HaRav Massacre in Jerusalem in 2008 when the gunmen was still shooting. He was a volunteer at a nearby hospital when he heard the call and immediately went to the scene when it was still dangerous. Because it was around Purim time, the hospital was getting so many crank calls, some at the hospital started to ignore the calls. He knew this one was real and immediately went there. He was able to give the hospital a 5-6 minute warning to prepare for the victims arrival.
At the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva that evening, eight students were killed, eleven were wounded, and five of them placed in critical condition.
We all know without his 5-6 minute warning it could have changed the above numbers.
He still thinks often about that day.
Matan Nitsky should be praised for serving the country within his religious framework.
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