“Srugim,” the hit Israeli TV show about the lives of five young Modern Orthodox Jews, took the American scene by a storm when The Jewish Channel began broadcasting it last February. Now in its second season in Israel, “Srugim’s” first season continues to be aired on TJC, while its latest episodes are being screened at the JCC in Manhattan once a week, starting tonight.
For those fans who wanted an up-close-and-personal encounter with the series, the opportunity came in August, when Israeli actor Ohad Knoller travelled to Boston, Detroit, San Francisco and New York. Knoller’s trip wasn’t just a celebrity publicity junket, however, but was also a Zionist outreach mission. Meeting with audiences in synagogues, community centers and Federations, Knoller shed his movie star persona and took on the role of emissary for the Zionist movement, as it is being embraced and interpreted by his generation.