Touchdown Israel

Touchdown Israel explores the fast growing sport of American tackle football in Israel. Started in 1988, American Football in Israel (AFI) has grown to over 90 contact and non-contact flag football teams. In 2005, the AFI established the Israeli Football League (IFL), an offshoot devoted to American-style full-contact tackle football. The league is now sponsored by and known as the Kraft Family IFL. In just five years, the IFL has grown from 25 enthusiastic players in Tel Aviv to a thriving league of over 600 players and 10 teams in a nation roughly the size of New Jersey. The rising popularity of this American import enables die-hard armchair Israeli NFL fans the opportunity to try-out for a team, and play before a crowd. Sports fans, looking for a break from the nationalistic soccer frenzy, benefit from the easy accessibility and a family atmosphere of weekly IFL competitions.

85 minutes
Paul Hirschberger

Shown at

  1. 25th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  2. 25th Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  3. Annual Northern Virginia International Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  4. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  5. Boston Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  6. Cherry Hill Volvo Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  7. Columbia Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  8. Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  9. Houston Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  10. Israel Film Festival New York - 2015
  11. Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  12. JFilm Festival (Pittsburgh) - 2016
  13. Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  14. Maine Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  15. Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  16. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  17. San Luis Obispo Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  18. Savannah Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  19. St. Louis Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  20. Westchester Jewish Film Festival - 2015

1 Response

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    LA Stories: Throwing in the Towels at Hollywood YMCA, Greenway’s Social Entrepreneurship and “Touchdown Israel’s” Peaceful Microcosmic Perspective

    We’re at the Hollywood YMCA. For a hundred years, this historic facility in the heart of Hollywood has been a workout and productive schmoozing place for people from legendary mobster Bugsy Siegel to modern-day Hollywood types, and families.

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