Women are often underestimated. When men think they have played all of their cards, the women reveal the winning hand.
The new film, The Women’s Balcony, tells the story of the members of a small congregation in Jerusalem. In accordance to Orthodox custom, men and women pray in separate sections of the shul. When the women’s balcony is damaged during a Bar Mitzvah service and several members of the congregation are injured, the men turn temporarily to a new Rabbi. This new Rabbi has ideas on how the services should be conducted and how the members of the congregation should comport themselves. Unfortunately, this means the women are completely excluded from services.
This does not sit well with the women, who will not take this new Rabbi and his ideas lying down. Their husbands, meanwhile, seem to be taken in by the Rabbi.
Will this congregation split for good or will they find a way to come together again?
I really enjoyed this movie. I enjoyed it because it is funny, charming, human and still feels very relevant in 2017.
I recommend it.
The Women’s Balcony is presently in theaters.