Pioneer Valley Premiere
The Tale of Team Israel
Saturday, April 6, 8:00 PM
Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield
A stirring story of sports, patriotism, and personal growth, Heading Home charts the underdog journey of Israel's national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of defeat, Team Israel is finally ranked among the world's best in 2017, eligible to compete in the prestigious international tournament. Their line-up included several Jewish American Major League players - Ike Davis, Josh Zeid, and ex-Braves catcher Ryan Lavarnway - most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, let alone having ever set foot in Israel. With their Mensch on the Bench mascot by their side, the team laughs, cries, and does much soul searching, discovering the pride of representing Israel on the world stage.
Dessert reception at 7:15 PM. Drawing to win Team Israel cap autographed by former Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway. Plus poster giveaways and more!
Winner, 5 Jewish Film Festival Audience Awards
Co-sponsored by Betsey and Malcolm Freedman
DOCUMENTARY | 2018 | 87 MINUTES
USA, ISRAEL, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA | ENGLISH
DIRECTED BY SETH KRAMER, DANIEL A. MILLER, AND JEREMY NEWBERGER