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Best of SFJFF: Levinsky Park

Presented by Osher Marin JCC at Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael CA

Feb 01 2018
Best of SFJFF: Levinsky Park

Documentary on the origins of the refugee crisis of sub-Saharan Africans in Israel, and the government response

Over the past five years, tens of thousands of refugees fleeing violence and oppression in sub-Saharan Africa have sought relief and safety in Israel only to find a society bitterly divided on how to treat them.

The Hatikva Quarter, a working class neighborhood in Tel Aviv, where many of the refugees have settled, exemplifies the tensions at work with neighbors at odds with one another over whether to accommodate the newcomers, and if so, how.

These divergent world views are on display in Levinsky Park, where many of the refugees congregate and some sympathetic Israelis gather to provide food and clothing while others look on with fear or disdain.

Beth Toni Kruvant’s piercing new documentary explores the origins of the refugee crisis as well as the response of an Israeli government that has categorized the refugees as economic migrants who have entered the country illegally and are not entitled to asylum.

Echoing the debates raging in America and Europe over what constitutes fair treatment of refugees, Levinsky Park examines Israel’s moral obligation to extend aid and comfort to those in need and the role that race and religion play in the willingness of a close-knit community, like the Hatikva Quarter, to accept them in their midst. —Mark Valentine


The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is the first and largest Jewish film festival in the world. Presenting innovative film each summer in the Bay Area, the festival promotes awareness, appreciation and pride in the diversity of the Jewish people.


Advance Price (Until the day before the film screening):
$10 – Members & Kids under 17
$12 – Public

Day-of Price:
$15 – For All

Contact: 415-444-8000


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Additional time info:

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm



Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael, CA 94903


From Highway 101 in San Rafael, take the North San Pedro exit and head east. The Osher Marin JCC, at 200 N. San Pedro Road, is on the right-hand side, half a mile from the freeway exit.

Free Parking

* The Osher Marin Jewish Community Center’s parking lot is located directly in front of the building with parking spaces for disabled patrons available.

* Additional parking is available at the JCC Annex lot, located at 210 N. San Pedro Road (just east of the main campus). In the event of multiple programs, or heavily attended events, overflow vehicles may be directed to available street parking or on adjacent properties.

* Evenings and weekends only: There is additional parking across the street at Venetia Valley School.



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