ITZHAK showcases the life and music of Itzhak Perlman, widely considered one of the world’s greatest living violinists. It explores the ways in which Perlman’s passion for music allowed him to find a platform for personal expression against tremendous circumstances.

If there’s anyone who personifies the resilience, the vision and, ultimately, the contribution of the Jewish people, it’s musical master Itzhak Perlman. The violin is his chosen instrument, the vehicle Perlman uses to overcome his own challenges and express himself to the world. Through the man and his music, hear a story of obstacles and survival, trace the path of the Jewish people from the chaos of Europe to the promise of Israel, see the comfort of home and family, and witness how humor and talent combine with discipline and drive in filmmaker Alison Chernick’s Itzhak.

From his days as a boy with prodigious talent to today, ITZHAK gives the world a glimpse of the world class virtuoso’s private life, his performance and teaching abilities, along with his indomitable patience to achieve perfection.

USA * 2017 * 80 minutes * English * Documentary

Starring:  Itzhak Perlman

Director:  Alison Chernick



At Harkins Shea 14 - Sunday February 25th at 7pm

In JOE'S VIOLIN, a holocaust survivor donates his violin to an instrument drive, changing the life of a 12-year old girl in the Bronx, and unexpectedly, his own.

Short Film * U S A * 2016* 24 minutes * English *

Director:  Kahane Cooperman

SPEAKER - Tempe Market Place - Thursday February 15th at 7pm

Entertainment: Rural Street Klezmer Band

Rural Street Klezmer Band finds its home at Temple Emanuel of Tempe. Born in 2002 as an elective class in the Hebrew high school program, the group has grown to include members from throughout the Valley’s Jewish community. Audiences from across the Phoenix metro area and beyond have experienced the joy of the Rural Street Klezmer Band’s unique brand of Jewish soul music at various performances and cultural festivals.