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Sunday, January 14 at 5:30pm Temple Beth Am
Tuesday, January 23 at 6pm Miami Theater Center

Israel | 108 minutes | 2023

7 Blessings

Southeast US Premiere

In Israel’s official entry for the Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film, Ayelet Menahemi’s 7 Blessings revolves around an eventful Jewish Moroccan family wedding and the traditional blessings that are pronounced during the ceremony, again at the reception, and then again for the next seven nights with loved ones hosting special dinners in the couple’s honor. Behind the facade of joie de vivre and togetherness, there are secrets, lies, and a painful old wound that forces them to confront the past while wrecking the present, all entwined in this acclaimed story about fury, forgiveness, and food. Added to the mix is a joyous comedy of errors and misinterpretation by numerous members of the family speaking multiple languages, spanning Hebrew, Arabic, French, and the French Moroccan dialect. 7 Blessings won big at this year’s Israel Academy Awards (Ophirs), sweeping the awards ceremony by taking home the Best Picture Award and triumphing in nine additional categories, including Best Director, Best Script, and Best Actress for Reymonde Amsallem, who co-wrote the screenplay.

This special premiere event will also include the attendance of Israeli filmmaker Daphna Awadish Golan, who will present her award-winning short film Swimming with Wings ahead of the main feature.


Israel's official entry for the Academy Awards

Director's Bio

Directed by Ayelet Menahemi

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Ayelet Menahemi is an Israeli film director, producer, writer, and editor. Her feature film Noodle, which premiered at the 2008 Miami Jewish Film Festival, received nominations at the Israeli Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay. Her most recent film, 7 Blessings, which she wrote, edited, and directed, swept the board at this year’s Israel Academy Awards (Ophirs) in all major categories.

Cast and Credits


Ayelet Menahemi


Reymonde Amsallem, Eleanor Sela


Boaz Yehonatan Yaacov


Ayelet Menahemi


Reymonde Amsallem, Tikva Dayan, Eleanor Sela, Yoav Levi

Film Info






108 minutes


Hebrew, Arabic, French with English subtitles
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