Jewish Leaders Attend NYC Red Carpet Premier

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Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel to New York, Raphael Shore, Producer, 'Beneath The Helmet,' Amy Holtz, President, Jeruslaem U, Malcolm Hoenlein, Head of Conference of Presidents
Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel to New York, Raphael Shore, Producer, ‘Beneath The Helmet,’ Amy Holtz, President, Jeruslaem U, Malcolm Hoenlein, Head of Conference of Presidents
Violinist Mir Ben-Ari and Lt. Aviv Regev, Ret. at the Premier of 'Beneath The Helmet' at the Museum of Jewish Heritage
Violinist Mir Ben-Ari and Lt. Aviv Regev, Ret. at the Premier of ‘Beneath The Helmet’ at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Grammy Award-Winning Violinist / female IDF soldier Miri Ben-Ari Gives Spellbinding Performance

NEW YORK, NY – Over 400 Jewish leaders, community members and media attended last night’s Red Carpet Premier of Jerusalem U’s latest documentary film “BENEATH THE HELMET: From High School to the Home Front.”

Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel, addressed the audience.   “We are so grateful to the young men and women of the IDF, the people “Beneath the Helmet”, who bravely serve and protect the people of Israel. This film puts a human face on our soldiers, revealing the humanity, camaraderie and sensibilities of our young warriors.”

‘Beneath The Helmet’ producers Rebecca and Raphael Shore presented the film.

Grammy award-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari mesmerized the crowd with a stirring live performance.   Ben-Ari composed the entire soundtrack to the film ‘Beneath The Helmet.’

“It was an amazing experience for me to work on this project, ” said Ben-Ari.  “I served in the IDF. I felt connected to this film from the beginning. Writing and composing the music came from my heart and it came easily.”

‘Beneath the Helmet’ is a coming of age story from the creators of the PBS-featured documentary film Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference.  The film takes viewers behind the headlines to give exclusive, behind-the-scenes acess into the real lives of 5 recent Israeli high school graduates who have been conscripted to defend Israel in troubled times.

The soldiers featured in the film, come from diverse backgrounds – male, female, secular, religious, natural born Israeli and immigrant.  ‘Beneath The Helmet’ reveals their feelings about protecting not only their homes, but also the values they share of peace, equality, religious tolerance and freedom.

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