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News Release: Worldwide (Virtual) Solidarity Event with Israel

This Sunday, January 4th, thousands of people worldwide will be watching QASSAM, the powerful movie about people in Sderot, and share in their experiences over the past 8 years! 

With the world press coverage focused on the plight of the Arabs in Gaza, the world really should be in wonder how it took so long for a sovereign country, Israel, to act to protect its sovereign. 
The time has come for people to better understand what Israelis in Sderot have been experiencing the past 8 years!
 
People worldwide will be able to order virtual movie tickets and help support organizations that support the people of Israel…and in particular the residents of the Southern communities most affected by rocket barrages.     

Virtual movie tickets can be ordered today: http://israelwecare.weebly.com

 

 

 

Qassam Trailer – Short
Qassam Trailer – Long
Qassam is a Igal Hecht movie produced by Chutzpa Productions.

Contact Information:
Avi Abelow
052-4519609
avi at 12tribefilms dot org
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לראשונה – סדרת טלוויזיה המבוססת ביש”ע

 

  סדרת הטלוויזיה הראשונה המתבססת על אירועים אקטואליים ביהודה ושומרון צפויה לעלות לשידור החודש. הסדרה,גבעה 769, מתרחשת במאחז דמיוני בהרי שומרון ומככבים בה שחקנים מקומיים. שלושת הפרקים הראשונים של הסדרה כבר הופקו והשאר בדרך


בימאי הסדרה הוא הירושלמי יחזקאל לנג, בוגר בית הספר לקולנוע “מעלה” ובית הספר למשחק “ניסן נתיב”. “יש”ע מעניק מטמון אמיתי של סיפורת מרתקת, החל מההיסטוריה התנ”כית והרוחנית העמוקה של האזור ועד לחזרה בימינו ולמאבק להחזיק באדמה בפני התנגדות עצומה. יש כאן כל כך הרבה דרמה אנושית טבעית המתרחשת באזור שאני מתפלא איך לא חשבו על זה קודם” אומר לנג. “התכנית מיועדת להיות שילוב מעניין של ז’אנרים שונים: דרמה ופעולה עם מנה גדושה של הומור

 

“לדעתי אנשים התעייפו מחיקויים הוליוודיים היוצאים מתל אביב ומחפשים משהו יהודי יותר, ישראלי יותר” ממשיך לנג. “אני מאמין שאנשים רוצים תרבות שתחבר אותם לשורשים שלהם במקום להרחיק אותם מהם ואת זה אנחנו שאופים לספק. אנו מקווים שהסדרה תיתן לאנשים הזדמנות להיפגש עם ההיסטוריה שלהם, עם ארצם ועם הירושה הרוחני  שלהם. אנחנו מתרגשים להביא קול חדש ושונה לנוף התרבות הישראלית”

 “לאור ההתקפות המתגברות של התקשורת נגד תושבי יהודה ושומרון לדעתי תזמון הסדרה הוא מתאים מתמיד. אך כל העבודה הזו דורשת הרבה כסף. אני מקווה כי יש נדבנים יהודים המכירים בחשיבות האפשרות לקולות אלטרנטיביים בתקשורת הישראלית המוכנים לתת ממשאביהם לקידום פרויקט חשוב זה.”

 הסדרה תשודר ההל מדצמבר 4 כשפרק נוסף ישודר כל 7 ימים

להירשם לקבל עדכונים על הסדרה

www.12tribefilms.org/769 

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אבי אבלו                                                   יחזקאל לנג

                   hezy13@neto.net.il                      avi@12tribefilms.org

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First Ever Television Series Based in Yesha

 

(Jerusalem, Dec. 2nd, 2008) – The first online television series ever to be based on current events in Judea and Samaria is to be launched this month. The show, called Hill 769, takes place in an imaginary outpost in the Samarian Mountains and stars actors from Samaria itself. The first three episodes of the series have already been produced and more are on the way.

 

 

Jerusalemite Yehezkel Laing, a graduate of the Maaleh Film School and Nissan Nativ Acting School, is the director of the series. “From the deep Biblical and spiritual history of the area to the present day return and struggle to hold on to the land in the face of massive opposition, Yesha provides a virtual goldmine of exciting storytelling.  There is so much natural human drama that takes here I am surprised no one thought of it before,” says Laing. “The show intends to be an interesting combination of many genres: drama and action with a heavy dose of humor.”

 

“I think people are tired of the Hollywood imitations coming out of Tel Aviv and are looking for something more Jewish, more Israeli,” says Laing. “I believe people want culture which connects them to their roots instead of alienates them from them it and that is what we hope to provide. We are excited to bring a new and different voice to the Israeli entertainment scene.” The series will be broadcast on the Arutz Sheva website with a new episode appearing every seven days.

 

“In light of the increasing media attacks against the residents of Judea and Samaria I think this project is timelier than ever. But all this work requires a lot of money. I hope there are Jewish philanthropists out there who recognize the importance of providing alternative voices in the Israeli media who will lend their resources to forwarding this important project.

Click here to sign up for updates about this new online show

 

For more information:

Avi Abelow                                           Yechezkel Laing

avi@12tribefilms.org                             hezy13@neto.net.il

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Full News Release: OPERATION REBUILD LAUNCHED TO RAISE FUNDS TO REBUILD ISRAELI COMMUNITY

12Tribe Films Foundations Launches Special Project to Help Former Gush Katif Residents Restore Their Dignity

 

 NEW YORK, NY Jan. 1, 2008:  12Tribe Films Foundations is now launching Operation Rebuild to help raise funds to rebuild the community of Netzer Hazani documented in the movie “Home Game”. 12Tribe Films Foundation is a “For Impact” not for-profit organization dedicated to creating awareness and raising funds by promoting creative projects about the Jewish people and the land of Israel that connect, entertain, and inspire.  

More than 2 years have passed since the former residents of Gush Katif were removed from their homes, yet they still live in temporary caravans not knowing when they will move into their new homes that have yet to be built.

Last week the Gush Katif Residents Committee released its latest report on the state of the families removed from their homes during the Disengagement of 2005. The starkest finding: 85% of the expellees are still, 28 months later, living in temporary quarters.
MK Ze’ev Elkin (Kadima) proposed legislation in July 2007 that would require the government to speed up the process and complete all preparations for permanent housing within a year.  He proposed the bill, Elkin explained, “in light of the government forecast that at this rate, 75% of the expellees will move into their new homes within 2.5 years from now, or 4.5 years from the expulsion.  This is of course unacceptable.” 

Elkin’s bill was jointly sponsored with MKs Yuli Edelstein (Likud), Zevulun Orlev (Ichud Leumi), Amira Dotan (Kadima) and others, and was supported by no fewer than 65 Knesset Members.

Almost a half a year has passed and still little work has been done.

The community of Netzer Hazani, the first civilian town established in Gush Katif in 1976, is currently living in the interim small caravan site of Ein Tzurim, just south of Kiryat Malachi, after first spending 11 months in temporary hotels and youth hostels. 

Still today the farmers of Netzer Hazani have not received land to rebuild their homes or reestablish their agricultural businesses. Some of the farmers, most of whom have not yet received full compensation, have in the interim taken on minimal paying jobs while others are still unemployed.  

“All we want to do is go on with our lives, move into real homes and return to being productive citizens” said Anita Tucker, spokeswomen for the community and also known as the famous Gush Katif celery farmer. “We just want our dignity returned to us. The most important thing to spearhead this process is the rebuilding of our community.” 

According to an official Israel Government decision the community of Netzer Hazani is to be relocated and built anew in a permanent community site adjacent to Moshav Yesodot, part of the Nachal Sorek Regional Council. The rebuilding project of their new community costs a total of $32 million and so far $30 million has been allocated – $15 million from the government and $15 million from the Netzer Hazani residents’ compensation funds. $2 million still remains to be raised in order for the government to sign the agreement to begin the rebuilding project for the Netzer Hazani community.

“Operation Rebuild” is a special project where community centers, synagogues, schools or even individuals can organize special screenings of “Home Game” the movie as fundraising events to help raise the money necessary for the community of Netzer Hazani to receive the government approval necessary to rebuild. In this way every synagogue, school or individual can have a part in helping rebuild a community in Israel as well as help former residents of Gush Katif have their dignity restored. 

The Netzer Hazani community was a farming community. Their farmers were a staple of the 350 family agricultural industry in Gush Katif that represented some 10% of all agricultural produce raised in Israel; accounting for 65% of Israel’s organic export industry; 90% of Israel’s bug-free leafy vegetables; 45% of tomato exports and 95% of Israel’s cherry tomato exports and 60% of Israel’s herb exports.  

Gush Katif farmers employed 5,000 Jews and 5,000 Palestinians; Gush Katif hot houses covered an estimated 900-1,000 acres and were estimated to be worth over $80 million with total annual revenues around $60-70 million. (Statistics taken from the Jewish Agency website). To this day only a handful of the 350 farming families have been able to return to be productive farmers. 

Taking part in Operation Rebuild is a chesed (charity) project worthy of every community since it gives once productive members of Israeli society the ability to re-establish themselves and become active contributing members once again.  

“Home Game” has become known throughout the Jewish world as a captivating new film that encapsulates the surreal story of normal teenagers trying to continue an annual basketball tournament during a very abnormal summer in Israel – the summer of 2005 during the disengagement from Gaza.  This powerful film emphasizes the journey of these teenagers and their determination to win against all odds, both on and off the court. 

To see the Home Game trailer see our website: http://www.12tribefilms.org/project.php?id=1  

For additional information about taking part in “Operation Rebuild” or inquiries about donating towards this effort please send an email to avi@12tribefilms.org 

ABOUT 12TRIBE FILMS FOUNDATION:  12Tribe Films Foundation (“12Tribe Films”) is a “For Impact” not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting creative projects about the Jewish people and the land of Israel that connect, entertain, and inspire.  While the projects of 12Tribe Films address religious, political, sociological, and current events effecting Israel and the Jewish people, our goal is to be an informative and educational resource that focuses on the underlying Jewish values and human experiences beneath the issues. 

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Contact:Avi Abelow

12Tribe Films Foundation

avi@12tribefilms.org 

Website:  www.12tribefilms.org

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Learning Torah for Sderot – The Shavuot Mishnathon for Sderot

12Tribe Films Foundations, the “For Impact” not for profit organization dedicated to raising awareness for causes about the Jewish people and the State of Israel by promoting creative projects, has partnered with the Sderot Hesder Yeshiva to raise awareness for the situation in Sderot by promoting a Shavuot Mishnathon project for communities and schools worldwide to take part in solidarity with Sderot. What better way to spend Shvuot – learning Torah and having friends and family members sponsor your learning towards donations for for the Sderot Hesder Yeshiva.

As rockets continue to fall on Sderot, the Sderot Hesder Yeshiva continues to build in Sderot as the ultimate Zionist response to the Kassam attacks. Several major projects are taking off on the campus, including the construction of “rocket-proof” housing units, a study hall and a pedagogical cultural center.

The enemies of Israel are trying to turn Sderot into a ghost town; we are determined not to let that happen.

See a video of the building project here.

Despite the situation, the Hesder Yeshiva  in Sderot has continued to flourish.  Located in the center of town, over 500 student/soldiers are currently enrolled in the Hesder’s five-year program, which combines Israel’s mandatory army service, with Torah study.  In addition, the Hesder remains a pillar in the community, reaching out to those in need from all walks of Jewish life during these difficult times.

The Hesder is currently:

•  Volunteering to help residents whose lives have been shattered as a result of a missile attack.  Hesder students visit families within 24 hours of an attack, providing them with food, water, and toys for the children. The students also spend hours talking to the victims, giving them strength and support on their road to recovery/rebuilding


•  Running a big brother program in the community to provide care and support for the children of Sderot

 
•  Running a program for retirees on the campus
 

 

•  Working with MDA to train the Hesder students to serve in the local MDA units. Many times a Hesder student is the first one on the scene following a kassam attack

All of this and much more!

Schools and communities can support the efforts of the Hesder Yeshiva in Sderot by taking part in the Shavuot Mishnathon for Sderot. For additional details about the Mishnathon, or to  have your community or school join, please visit:

www.12tribefilms.org/mishnathongforsderot

and contact avi@12tribefilms.org to receive the Mishnathon packet for running it in your community or school.

In the meantime, read the following New York Times article on Sderot that includes an interview with Rabbi Fendel, the head of the Sderot Hesder Yeshiva.

 

ABOUT 12TRIBE FILMS FOUNDATION: 

12Tribe Films Foundation (“12Tribe Films”) is a program provider specializing in movies and cultural events that show a side of the Jewish and Israeli narrative that receives little attention in the public discourse today. Our aim is to provide programs that allow people to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the Jewish people and the Land of Israel today.

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Contact:

Avi Abelow

12Tribe Films Foundation

Phone:  718-577-1390

Email:  avi@12tribefilms.org

Website:  www.12tribefilms.org  

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Fast Facts: OPERATION REBUILD LAUNCHED TO RAISE FUNDS TO REBUILD ISRAELI COMMUNITY

  

An Entertaining and Meaningful Synagogue Program

This winter you have the opportunity to provide your community with an entertaining program that can also make a huge impact on the former residents of the Gush Katif community of Netzer Hazani.    

Operation Rebuild – Rebuilding Homes and Lives

12Tribe Films Foundation – will be launching “Operation Rebuild”, which is dedicated to raising funds to help rebuild the Gush Katif community of Netzer Hazani, documented in the movie “Home Game”.

Over two years after being removed from their homes, the former residents from Gush Katif are still living in temporary caravan homes. Unfortunately, much money is needed in order for them to even receive the government approval to begin to rebuild.

As you might know, finally beginning to build their permanent homes and restart their agricultural businesses will not only improve their lives but also help restore their dignity and assist their process of returning to their prior selves as contributing members to Israeli society and Am Yisrael. 

Have Your Synagogue or Organization Join

You can take part in Operation Rebuild by organizing a screening of the important film “Home Game” in your community.

You will not only be offering your community members the important opportunity to see this meaningful and important film (“Fabulous and Powerful Movie” – Prof. Yisrael Aumann, Nobel Prize Laureate”) but you will also allow them to take part in donating towards the rebuilding of a community in Israel and more importantly take part in the process of restoring fellow Jews’ dignity.  

Take a Peak at Home Game

We welcome you to view the Home Game trailer online and read some of the press coverage by clicking here.

Contact Us

Please contact us to find out how your community or organization can take part in Operation Rebuild or how you can donate towards this important project. I will be pleased to respond to any and all inquiries and can be contacted by email: avi@12tribefilms.org 

Avi Abelow

Founder and CEO12Tribe Films Foundation

www.12tribefilms.org  

ABOUT “HOME GAME”

Realizing that the media coverage of the disengagement focused solely on the political and sociological issues, “Home Game” was produced to give a voice to the little known human story of the former residents of Gush Katif also giving context to their situation today 2 years later. The film presents people the opportunity to connect to their Israeli counterparts through an experience that few even know occurred. “Home Game” is a captivating film about the surreal story of normal teenagers from the community of Netzer Hazani trying to continue an annual basketball tournament during a very abnormal summer in Israel – the summer of 2005 during the disengagement from Gaza.  This powerful docu-drama emphasizes the journey of these teenagers and their determination, emunah and heroism to win against all odds, both on and off the court. 

ABOUT 12TRIBE FILMS FOUNDATION

12Tribe Films Foundation (“12Tribe Films”) is a “For Impact” not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting creative projects about the Jewish people and the land of Israel that connect, entertain, and inspire.  While the projects of 12Tribe Films address religious, political, sociological, and current events effecting Israel and the Jewish people, our goal is to be an informative and educational resource that focuses on the underlying Jewish values and human experiences beneath the issues. The proceeds from 12Tribe Film Foundation programs go towards the causes they represent.  

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Full News Release: “CIVILIZATION ON TRIAL” A NEW INTERACTIVE TV SERIES ON THE MIDDLE EAST

12Tribe Films Foundation Will Promote a Special TV Program on Global Terrorism by Israeli Production Company Rockford Productions

NEW YORK, NY Dec. 7, 2007: 12Tribe Films Foundations, the “For Impact” not for profit organization dedicated to raising awareness for causes about the Jewish people and the land of Israel by promoting creative projects, has engaged Rockford Productions to produce a special TV program on global terrorism. 

Global terrorism, funded and supported by oil rich Iran, is a major threat to Western civilization. However, International and State bodies seemingly make determinations of policy against global terrorism based upon political and financial self interest, while the citizens of the world throw up their hands in frustration at the growing threat.

“Civilization on Trial” is a news magazine program that will feature policymakers, think-tank representatives, media watchdogs, and various assorted experts discussing the topic of global terrorism” said Herb Bernstein, Founder and President of Rockford Productions. “This television series fills a need to inform viewers around the world about the truth about Iran and global terrorism, inspire them to action and thereby encourage them to use their democratic power to change our world for the better”.

The first season of “Civilization on Trial” will include 26 episodes focused on exposing the extent of Iran’s global terrorist network.

“More importantly” said Bernstein, “the show will explore possible remedies to the world’s inability to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat as well as propose solutions that may be taken by ordinary citizens against the Islamic terrorist threat.”

Israel today is at the forefront of the world in the war against terrorism. In addition to its daily war against terrorist organizations, its biggest threat is Iran, where President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has openly defied world pressure to cease nuclear development and has called for the use of such weapons to destroy the State of Israel.

12Tribe Films Foundation and Rockford Productions believe it is important that the world public be thoroughly informed about the threat of Iranian global terrorism to Israel and the Western world. “Civilization on Trial” is a special ongoing television program focusing on global terrorism and the overall security of the State of Israel that will inform and empower people to act in order to assist in creating the public dynamic needed to provide the solution.

The “Civilization on Trial” pilot is planned to be filmed during the first quarter of 2008.

We seek your help in bringing our vision to a reality. Please contact Avi at avi@12tribefilms.org to determine how you can be of help.

ABOUT 12TRIBE FILMS FOUNDATION:

12Tribe Films Foundation (“12Tribe Films”) is a “For Impact” not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting creative projects about the Jewish people and the land of Israel that connect, entertain, and inspire. While the projects of 12Tribe Films address religious, political, sociological, and current events effecting Israel and the Jewish people, our goal is to be an informative and educational resource that focuses on the underlying Jewish values and human experiences beneath the issues.

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Contact:

Avi Abelow

12Tribe Films Foundation

Email: avi@12tribefilms.org

Website: www.12tribefilms.org

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