The 2007 Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema opens tomorrow night (Thurs 10/18) at the Pipers Alley Theatre in Old Town & several wonderful films by Israeli schvesters are on the schedule. My top pick in the shorts category is EMPATHY a terrific new film by first time director Adi Refaeli (showing on Sat 10/27 @ 9:30 PM at the Wilmette Theatre). And guess what: I’ll be leading the post-screening Q&A! My top pick in the documentary category is THE ASHKENAZIM co-directed by Dalia Meyerovich (showing on Thurs 10/25 @ 6:15 PM at the Wilmette Theatre). Click here for my complete guide to the CFIC ’07, & check back here for Penny‘s daily updates.