Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel


Closing Night Film

Date: Monday, May 14, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM | 8:00 PM
Location: National Museum of American Jewish History

Director: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller and Jeremy Newberger
: Documentary Feature
Country: USA | Israel | Japan | South Korea
Year: 2017
Running Time: 1 hr 27 min
Language: English

Sponsored by: National Museum of American Jewish History and Larry and Cindy Rappoport

General Admission:

  • 5:30 PM Screening 
    • General Admission: $15
  • 8:00 PM Screening (*includes post-film panel discussion and reception)
    • General Admission: $20

Pre-sales for the 8 PM screening are now SOLD OUT. To guarantee your ability to view this film, we recommend purchasing tickets for the 5:30 PM screening.  

A rush line will be in effect for the 8 PM screening, but we cannot guarantee any tickets will become available.

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PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE in honor of Israel70
Closing out our 37th Annual Season with bases loaded, we head home with Israel’s national baseball team as they compete in the World Baseball Classic for the first time in history.

After years of defeat, Team Israel proves they are underdogs no longer, finally ranking among the world’s best teams in 2017 and eligible to play in the prestigious international tournament. With a lineup that features Jewish American Major League ballplayers like ex-New York Mets first baseman, Ike Davis, ex-Houston Astro, Josh Zeid, and ex-Braves catcher, Ryan Lavarnway, no one expected Team Israel to make it as far as they did. Proving that they are much more than the has-beens their opponents expected, they take Israel and the world by storm. With their famous Mensch on a Bench mascot at their side, the teammates bond and together discover what it means to represent their homeland on the world stage.

HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL is a warm and inspirational documentary that celebrates the triumphs of a little team that could – and did – pave the way for future generations of Israeli ballplayers who aspire to win the World Baseball Classic for their homeland.

Special Guests:

  • Seth Kramer | Co-director of Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel
  • Jonathan Mayo | Senior writer of MLB.com
  • Daniel A. Miller | Co-director of Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel
  • Jeremy Newberger | Co-director of Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel
  • Ben Werthan | Minor League Information Coordinator, Philadelphia Phillies
  • Josh Zeid | Pitcher for Team Israel


For Fans of:

  • Baseball
  • Documentaries
  • Israel
  • Underdog stories
  • World Baseball Classic

Official Selection:

  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
  • Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival
  • JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival


“Inspirational and exciting…Heading Home is a grand slam even if you don’t know a home run from an infield fly because of the team’s people and how they come together.” (Michael Jacobs, Atlanta Jewish Times)

Community Partners:

Arcadia University Media and Communication Department

Arcadia University Modern Languages and Cultures Program

Drexel University Co-Op Theatre Company

Fegelson – Young – Feinberg Post 697 Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.

Philadelphia Theatre Company

Temple University Jewish Studies Program

UArts Student Affairs


UArts Film & Video