Exclusive screening of Nancy Spielberg’s ‘Above and Beyond’ held May 12

“Above and Beyond” is the first major feature-length documentary about the efforts of foreign airmen in Israel’s war for independence in 1948.

An exclusive screening of the Nancy Spielberg-produced movie “Above and Beyond” will be held on Thursday, May 12 at the historic Beth Hebrew Synagogue in Downtown Phoenix.

Nancy Spielberg

Nancy Spielberg

The event is a joint effort among the Bureau of Jewish Education ACT Program, Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix NowGen and Business & Professionals programs, and JNFuture in honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day).

The film will be introduced by local author Craig Weiss, co-author of the book “My Brother’s Keeper: American Volunteers in Israel’s War for Independence 1947-1949.” His book was the basis for “Above and Beyond.”

The screening is hosted at Beth Hebrew to recognize the Spielberg family’s long-term connection to the temple – Ms. Spielberg’s brother, Steven Spielberg, became a bar mitzvah at Beth Hebrew.

Tickets are $18 and include movie snacks and beverages. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit foundations that support lone soldiers in the IDF.

Purchase tickets at www.jewishphoenix.org/aboveandbeyond.

About the Movie:

In 1948, three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish-American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia and flew for Israel in its War of Independence.

This ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery and renewed Jewish pride.

“Above and Beyond” is their story and the first major feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen in Israel’s war for independence.

“Above and Beyond” brings together new interviews and stunning aerial footage to present a fascinating, little-known tale filled with heart, heroism and high-flying chutzpah.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix is located at 12701 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

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