SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains, NJ, will screen Above and Beyond, a film that chronicles the history of the Israeli Air Force by producer Nancy Spielberg. This free event will take place on Sunday, Dec. 20th at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Sholom 1925 Lake Avenue, Scotch Plains. 

Just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain, and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. Their efforts turned the tide of the war. Above and Beyond is their story.

Film critics are raving about Spielberg’s film:

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“Fascinating! Soars with true adventure.” – Los Angeles Times 
“Astonishing!” – Village Voice
“Dramatic, surprising, and above all inspiring.” – New York Post

The event is made possible by a grant from the Ruth Rutenberg fund for Lifelong Learning. For more information, call the temple office at 908-889-4900 or visit  

Above and Beyond Trailer
In 1948, a group of World War II pilots, mostly from America, volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of

Founded in 1913, Temple Sholom is a Reform Jewish congregation led by Rabbi Joel N. Abraham and Cantor Darcie Sharlein. The temple and its religious school are home to more than 250 families from the greater Scotch Plains-Fanwood area. Temple Sholom is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism. For more information about the Temple or joining the congregation, call 908-889-4900, e-mail or visit