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Present At The Creation, And Beyond

Yehuda Avner, top aide to five Israeli leaders, stars in first part of film version of his monumental memoir, ‘The Prime Ministers.’
10/14/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Yehuda Avner looks like a round-faced version of Fyvush Finkel and, like the actor, he has an avuncular, twinkly charm, sort of like a Yiddish leprechaun. So it comes as no surprise that his on-camera presence throughout “The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers,” a new documentary here on opening on Oct. 18, is one of the film’s greatest assets. Based on Avner’s enormous memoir of his nearly half-century as an aide to Israel’s leaders, the film, the first of two parts, is a frequently candid look at the inner workings of the Israeli government through war and crisis.

The Prime Ministers, Created by Nimrod Erez. Al Gilbert

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Ambassador Yehuda Avner is the 84-year-old rock star of Jewish media these days.

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Families shopping for kosher l’Pesach food items. Couples marrying under a chupah, signing a ketubah, breaking a glass.

Some recent stories in American newspapers.

Old news.

But none of the above are Jewish.

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