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Jerusalem film school helps Orthodox filmmakers explore tough issues

by Toby Tabachnick.

Ma’aleh is the only film school in the world devoted to exploring the intersection of Judaism and modern life, and the unusual films created by its students — mostly Orthodox Jews — are screened regularly at film festivals worldwide, consistently winning top awards.

“The school was started 22 years ago by a group of people who saw there must be a film school for Orthodox people,” said Neta Ariel, its director.

Ariel was in Pittsburgh this week to address groups at both Duquesne University and Rodef Shalom Congregation, and to screen “A Jerusalem Tale.” Her visit was presented by Classrooms Without Borders, a Pittsburgh-based group that provides experiential, extended term professional development for teachers in the metropolitan Pittsburgh region. A group of local educators visited Ma’aleh last summer as part of a Classrooms Without Borders trip.

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