Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Srugim, Israel's Hit TV Series on Jerusalem's Singles Scene, Featured at Rutgers Film Festival

Among the films featured at the 2011 Rutgers Jewish Film Festival in New Brunswick, New Jersey next month will be the Israeli hit TV show Srugim, now in its third season, that depicts the singles life in Jerusalem's Katamon neighborhood. The show has become popular with both religious and secular Israelis.

As Sandy Chertok wrote in JewCentral.com during Srugim's first season,
Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, Laizy Shapiro created a TV show in Israel about single religious modern orthodox singles who live in Jerusalem called “Srugim.”   “Srugim” is one of the top rated TV shows airing in Israel.

“Srugim” resembles “Friends” in the manner that it revolves around a young group of friends who are trying to establish themselves in the workplace while searching for love.   This group of friends includes a graphic designer, an accountant, a biblical studies major, a grammar teacher, and a doctor.   What makes the show unique is the fact that all of these friends are observant modern orthodox Jews.  Many episodes feature Shabbat meals, men and women davening, and men wearing kippot.   The show features the struggles that some of the characters have being religious while trying to date or make a living.
Srugim is also being shown this month on The Jewish Channel, a $5 per month offering on Cablevision. The Jewish Channel is showing all fourteen episodes of the first season, in Hebrew with English subtitles.

The Rutgers showings will feature the first three episodes on Sunday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. and the next three episodes on Sunday, November 6 at 7:30 pm. Tickets for each showing cost $12, with Seniors paying $10 and Students paying $6. The October 30 session will include a talk by Shayna Weiss, of New York University and co-creator of the blog "Srugim Recap."

The following trailer should give you a good idea of what the show is like. Enjoy!

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