By Abigail Klein Leichman
“I’d love to be in a romantic comedy in Tel Aviv because we had an amazing nightlife there, or maybe I could play Cleopatra at Masada,” mused Sullivan & Son co-star Vivian Bang on the final day of her first trip to Israel.
Bang was part of a Hollywood contingent of visitors led by veteran actress Lea Thompson (Switched at Birth, Back to the Future) and Thompson’s husband, director Howard Deutch, under the auspices of America’s Voices in Israel, a project of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
The cultural, historical and religious adventure from September 30 to October 6 also included C.S. Lee, co-star of the cult hit TV series Dexter; and Anson Mount, lead actor in the TV show Hell on Wheels; as well as Thompson and Deutch’s daughters – Zoey Deutch, star of the forthcoming movie adaptation of Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters; and Madelyn Deutch, a musician and screenwriter.
Guided by America’s Voices for Israel director Irwin Katsof and hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Tourism, El Al Israel Airlines, David InterContinental and Inbal Hotels, the group toured the Golan Heights and Gaza border regions, explored Israel’s high-tech and boutique wine industries, visited Masada and the Old City of Jerusalem, and partied long into the night in Tel Aviv.
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