Srugim and Haolim – 2 new Israeli TV shows that I can relate to
Lately, I don’t relate much to the characters in TV shows – doctors with tough decisions to make (Grey’s Anatomy), moms that sell pot to support their kids (Weeds), a secret call girl in London (Secret Diary of a Call Girl), etc.
As Esther points out, Sex and the City comes closest in its understanding of the ups and downs of being single in a city but obviously does not touch on the Jewish scene. Yes, Charlotte converts to Judaism, but it’s not quite telling of the singles scene on the Upper West Side in NYC or the German Colony in Jerusalem.
In contrast, Srugim, a new Israeli drama on Yes!, focuses on the singles scene in the Katamon area in Jerusalem so accurately I feel like I’ll be invited to their next Shabbat meal and end up on the set. The show included shots of Burgers Bar and Coffee Mill on Emek Refaim, so I was even looking for myself in the background somewhere. On top of that, I even knew one of the actresses, Shira Katz, who plays Stacy, the American neighbor. A little too close for comfort? Maybe, but I really got a kick out of it and couldn’t turn away, and I’m definitely waiting for the next episode. You can watch the show online in Hebrew with Hebrew subtitles. Explorer and Safari only. [Update: Available in Israel only]
I first heard about the show from a Twitter friend, and have enjoyed reading everyone’s take on the new show.
- Srugim Show
- Srugim Rave Reviews
- Singles in Jerusalem continued
- Sex and the Holy City – Ynet
- Sex and the Holy City – Israelity
- Sirugim – new online television show
- Katamon drama: Not just for new olim anymore.
The other show, which hasn’t aired yet, but looks promising, is HaOlim – The Reality of Aliyah in Israel, which I first read about on Jewlicious. HaOlim plans to pick 8 people from around the world who are planning to make Aliyah. They’re going to live on a kibbutz, go on crazy adventures around Israel, and the winner gets a pimped out Tel Aviv apartment, car, and their dream job.
I think it should be called Real World Israel, since it looks like it’s more about how 8 people get along, than how they will interact with Israelis. As Molly and I have decided, a real HaOlim show should include missions like a dreaded visit to Misrad Hapnim, BItuach Leumi, and Mas Hachnasa. And all in one day! That’s where the real fun begins and your true character begins to show.
I wonder if this show will touch on the less than glamorous hassles that every Oleh needs to go through. Although, I can only imagine a camera being allowed in to one of these government institutions(yeah right), so I guess it wouldn’t make for very good TV. Although, movie producer extraordinnaire, Molly, did get an inside look at the Misrad Haklita / TV Tax Authority at quite a critical moment…
But I think I’ll definitely be able to relate to arriving in Israel and trying to figure out the language, the culture, and community living.
Here’s the trailer for HaOlim: