American television powerhouse David Shore, creator of celebrated drama series ‘House MD,’ will be touching down in Israel in the coming week to attend the launching of a new Jewish cultural center – 'Aish Tel Aviv' – which will be managed by his younger brother, the Rabbi Ephraim Shore.
The siblings will collaborate on a special session under the banner of ‘Hollywood and Judaism – Hollywood and Jews,” which is scheduled to be held at Tel Aviv University on June 18th.
The session will focus on the integration of Jews in the Hollywood film industry as well as the permeation of Jewish elements into entertainment.
Other topics on the agenda include discussion of the complexities involved in combining Jewish faith and a Jewish lifestyle with the world of film and television, and whether the preoccupation with Jewish subject has become a trend or rather part of the natural process of exploration and discovery.
Shore, who often incorporates Jewish elements in his work, will share with the audience his thoughts and doubts as an artist while his brother will present the difficulties of maintaining one's commitment to an observant life against commitment to family and a shared past.
‘House’ is one of the most highly-rated drama series in the US and Shore recently picked up an Emmy for outstanding writing for a drama series in 2005 (the show won for outstanding drama in 2005 and 2007.) Prior to this Shore wrote, directed and produced episodes for various television shows, including ‘Law and Order,’ ‘The Practice’ and 'Due South.'