Join us IN-PERSON at Studio Movie Grill on Wednesday, May 18, 2022
7:00PM-9:30PM EDT

*Arrive early at 6PM to meet the shlichim at the Studio Movie Grill Bar!


In the United States, turning 18 means going to college or in some cases, attending a gap-year program in Israel or elsewhere. In Israel, turning 18 means joining the army for three years. Israelis go from being students to soldiers in a matter of months. Beneath the Helmet provides an intimate glimpse into the transitions, adjustments and challenges of the new recruits. We experience the awesome responsibility placed on soldiers and young commanders who are tasked with turning a bunch of young kids into effective defenders of the Israeli people. Along the way, we learn about brotherhood, sacrifice and so many other values that have informed the Jewish People for the last 3,500 years.

"I was moved to see these young people tested, pushed and challenged in mind, body and spirit - and emerge as strong defenders of democracy." -Michael Oren, Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States

About the film:
Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front is a coming of age story that highlights five young Israeli high school graduates, who are drafted into the army to defend their country. At the age of 18, away from their houses, family, and friends these young individuals undergo a demanding journey, revealing the core of who they are and who they want to be. Beneath the Helmet illustrates how these young men and women are protecting not only their homes, but the shared values of peace, equality, opportunity, democracy, religious tolerance and women’s rights. The lessons they learn along the way, are lessons that can be adapted, understood and appreciated by everyone

Beneath Helmet Trailer

Tickets: $10 per Household

The Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast is pleased to announce the return of the Real to Reel Film Series, back IN-PERSON at Studio Movie Grill (7718 113th St. North, Seminole).

The May screening selection is BENEATH THE HELMET, taking place on Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 at 7PM. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the link above, through the Studio Movie Grill Website (in-person only). The event will feature a community conversation after the film, moderated by Kara Gold-Harris. The film was selected in honor of Yom HaZikaron. 

Join us early to meet the shlichim in the Studio Movie Grill lobby bar at 6PM.


About this event:

The format of the event includes the opportunity to engage live with members from throughout the community. In-person attendees will receive a free dessert of your choosing off the Studio Movie Grill menu. For those not yet comfortable with in-person gatherings, an On-Demand Viewing Link will be available for this film. Please email to inquire. 


Sponsored by Sue Heyman and Mike White.
Phyllis Tauber – committee member.