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Brigit Grant is the Jewish News Supplements Editor

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FOREIGN SHOWS with unknown stars and subtitles were long considered the preserve of intellectuals – or so we thought, until Nordic noir came along and suddenly everyone could speak Danish.

Of course we can’t, just as we can’t speak Korean, German or Ivrit (some can), but that didn’t stop us watching Parasite, Das Boot or Fauda.

Turns out programmes made in languages we don’t understand are often quite brilliant and none more so than the productions made in Israel.

The quality and originality of the films, documentaries and drama series created in the Holy Land are lauded across the globe and, luckily, speaking Ivrit isn’t necessary to enjoy them.

Of course, the more we see of Israeli productions, the more we want, but most of it isn’t available on the obvious streaming platforms.

There’s nowhere to see the short films, the biographies or the videos of Israeli life that give you the inside story on the country, and you certainly couldn’t just watch Magic Men, a deeply moving and original film about a Greek Holocaust survivor returning to his homeland with his son, a Hassidic rapper played by none other than Shtisel’s Zohar Strauss (Lippe).

Shtisel star Zohar Strauss stars in IZZY’s Magic Men

There are so many reasons to watch this movie, just as there to watch Street Justice an action crime series about a hot-headed police detective. So much to see and you couldn’t … but now you can.

Jewish News is partnering with IZZY, a streaming service that gives you a front-row seat to Israel from anywhere in the world.

IZZY’s mission is to help the global masses better understand and experience all there is to appreciate about Israel and Israeli culture, and no one wants that more than us.

With IZZY, you get 200+ Israeli movies, shows and documentaries on demand, which is an offer you can’t refuse.

Certainly not after meeting the platform’s co-founder Josh Hoffman.

Izzy Stream’s co-founder Josh Hoffman

Born and raised reform in Los Angeles, Josh has a Hungarian father and American mother who kept nagging him to go on the Birthright tour, which he did in 2013. In hindsight, his mum probably wishes she’d suggested work experience in Disneyland, because he fell in love with Israel and stayed there. But staying wasn’t enough.

“I want the rest of the world to see Israel the way I do,” says Josh, 30, and his experience as a social media and online marketing entrepreneur with a journalism background gives him the skill set to promote more than just the home-grown oranges.

Allenby thriller series about Tel Aviv’s underworld

“I felt there was a need for a media platform showing everything that’s happening in Israel, from the movies to dedicated content about the technology and culture. Everyone knows Fauda, but there are other great shows the world needs to see.”

Subscribe here: www.streamisrael.tv

And they will see it, as few start-ups have the big ambitions of IZZY, as Josh wants the platform to be Israel’s answer to Netflix and show original content made by other Israelis and eventually produc them. For now, IZZY offers unique access to historical, army and faith-based documentaries as well as the remarkable docu-series Transkids, an eye- opening education in the agony and joy of raising a trans child in Israel.

Compelling docu-series TransKids

In drama, IZZY has Allenby, a psychological thriller series created by Gadi Taub. Starring heart throb Aviv Alush, it is about a stripper in Tel Aviv who falls victim to an assault. Meanwhile the exciting Red Lines follows an up-and-coming attorney uncovering a huge conspiracy.

IZZY’s content grows daily and offers subscribers an entry to film festivals with its programme of shorts which rarely get seen outside the competitions.

In order to get all this excellent programming for just £3.71 a month or £37.20 a year, all you have to do is go to www.streamisrael.tv to get your membership and you can start viewing today.

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