A shy and introspective man, Akiva is the youngest of the Shtisel family. He lives at home with his father Shulem, a rabbi at the local yeshiva in Jerusalem where Akiva takes a substitute teaching job. His father is anxious for him to marry (a nice Jewish girl, of course), but still mourning the passing of his mother, the socially awkward Akiva is hesitant. That is, until he meets the enigmatic Elisheva, the twice-widowed mother of one of his students. And that’s the point of departure for the popular Israeli TV drama Shtisel, the story of the multigenerational Shtisel family as they deal with universal problems of love, loss and relationships. What makes them different is that the Shtisels happen to be haredim, ultra-religious Jews.

133 minutes
Alon Zingman

Shown at

  1. 21st Annual Hartford Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  2. 24th Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  3. Boston Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  4. Charlotte Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  5. Ring Family Wesleyan University Israel Film Festival - 2019
  6. Washington Jewish Film Festival - 2016

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  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    Why I Can’t Stop Watching ‘Shtisel’

    At the heart of “Shtisel” is the relationship between Shulem Shtisel, a recently widowed Talmud Torah principal, and his youngest son, Akiva, a bachelor who still lives at home. There is true love between them, but their relationship is fraught with tension over Akiva’s still being single, as well as over his preference for making art instead of studying and teaching Torah. This clash intensifies when Akiva’s paintings gain the attention of a successful secular art gallery owner who secures for him a stipend, a studio and even a solo exhibition at the Israel Museum.

  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    Israel’s Hottest TV Show Is All Black Hats and Beards
    Two seasons in, Israeli TV drama ‘Shtisel’ offers fervently Orthodox viewers a cathartic glimpse into their own community
    By Liel Leibovitz

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