A Quiet Heart


A QUIET HEART is a riveting suspense thriller about the evils of religious intolerance. Naomi is a secular Israeli suffering from a personal crisis that threatens to derail her career as a concert pianist. Overwhelmed by the expectations of her parents and colleagues in Tel Aviv, she seeks anonymity and solitude in Jerusalem. Despite her intentions to stay alone, Naomi makes two unexpected connections in her Haredi neighborhood – one with a musically gifted Ultra-Orthodox young boy who lives in her building and the other with Fabrizio, a charismatic Italian monk and organist. These relationships allow Naomi to reconnect with her love of music and sense of meaning; they also make her a target in her new community. Faced with escalating isolation, Naomi must learn to use music as a bridge to overcome towering barriers.

A QUIET HEART deftly examines the tensions between Jerusalem’s secular and religious communities where the gulf often seems impossibly large and improbably reparable.

Israel * 2016 * 93 minutes * Hebrew, English & Italian with English subtitles * Drama

Starring: Ania Bukstein, Lior Lifshitz, Giorgio Lupano

Director: Eitan Anner 





IN OTHER WORDS involves a father recalling a moment of a lost opportunity to communicate with his daughter.

Short Film * Israel * 2016 * 6 minutes * Hebrew with English subtitles *


Director: Tal Kantor


SPEAKER at Harkins Shea 14 - Tuesday, February 20th at 7PM - Rabbi Bonnie Koppell


Rabbi Bonnie Koppell serves as the Associate Rabbi of Temple Chai, where she directs the Deutsch Family Shalom Center.  Rabbi Koppell retired from the US Army Reserve in 2016 with the rank of Colonel, following a 38-year career where she had the honor to be the first female rabbi in the US military.  Adult learning is a special passion for her - she leads a weekly, in-depth Torah study class, teaches Introduction to Judaism, the Adult B’nai Mitzvah program, Seeking Everyday Holiness, and Wise Aging.   Rabbi Koppell has lived in the valley of the sun for 30 years.  She is married to Ron Kushner and is the proud mother of two daughters and bubbe of two grandchildren.





SPEAKER at Harkins Tempe Market Place - Tuesday, February 20th at 7PM - Rabbi Michael Beyo


Rabbi Michael Beyo was born in Milan, Italy and has lived throughout Europe, Israel and the USA. He focused his graduate level studies at Universities in Israel and the USA with a focus in Political Science, Jewish History and Jewish Philosophy. Rabbi Beyo earned three Rabbinical Ordinations as well as being a published author, University lecturer and sought after speaker. He is the CEO of the East Valley Jewish Community Center in Chandler, AZ after having spent many years in the corporate and nonprofit world.