Yesterday, we had the privilege and pleasure of attending the Barshop JCC screening of Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air Force. This is the film conceived, directed, and produced by Nancy Spielberg and Roberta Grossman detailing the stories of four American pilots who went to help Israel during the War For Independence in 1948.
Aliyah Kuchinsky, the JCC Arts and Cultural Director and the co-directors of the Film Festival, Jolene Davis and Alice Thorner, did an outstanding job of getting everyone (it was a sold-out event) checked in and in their seats in time for the 2pm screening.
Having been involved in “the Arts” for most of our 35 years in San Antonio, I am familiar with organizing a complex operation. Seldom have I witnessed a better-organized or better-run operation.
At the film’s conclusion, Gino shared this part of his story as we answered questions about his career in the Israel Air Force and El Al . It was heartening to realize the era is still important in the hearts and minds of those who may have known about it from that time period or those who are interested in the history of the Jewish state.
For those who enjoyed the film and the Q & A session, you may find the article linked below of interest.
Gino Narboni, 90, flew for the French in World War II, for Israel in the War of Independence and for the US in Vietnam
By Bernard Edinger Paris
The Jerusalem Report: June 30, 2014
Thanks also to the JCC for making it possible for us to sign copies of Gino’s story: WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE . . . Local residents are welcome to contact us if they wish to purchase a signed copy. We can be reached by our website or through Facebook. www.whenigrowupginonarboni.com
Copies are also available on the web at all the internet booksellers, including Amazon, Nook, Barnes and Noble.