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Film: Above and Beyond

Date: 10 April 2018 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Venue: Magen David Sephardic Congregation

Magen David Sephardic Congregation presents a gripping story of American WWII pilots who fought for Israel in the War of Independence, training in secret in Czechoslovakia. Czech Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček and Israeli Deputy Chief of Mission Reuven Azar will open the screening on April 10 at 7:30 pm.

About the film: In 1948, a group of American World War II pilots volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of “Machal,” volunteers from abroad, this band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, preventing the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth, they also laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force. The backbone of the IAF consisted of 25 Avia S-199s purchased from Czechoslovakia. These ace pilots were mostly Jewish-Americans. At risk of losing their citizenship and their lives, they smuggled out surplus planes and ammunition from the US and trained in secret in Czechoslovakia as they made preparations to rescue Israel. Relying on a small squadron of rickety aircraft, a handful of young foreign pilots turned the tide of Israel’s War of Independence. These now-aging wingmen colorfully recount their remarkable mission. A Q&A and a light reception follow the screening.

The event is presented in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of Israel.

This event is supported in part by the Sally & Irving Korobkin Educational Fund.

Event Details:
Date/Time: April 10, 7:30 pm

Location: Magen David Sephardic Congregation 
11215 Woodglen Drive
Rockville, MD 20852

RSVP by April 9