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Henry Winkler to star in new Israeli comedy about Haredi girl

Veteran Jewish actor to play the father of a Haredi woman who explores the secular treats of Israel in new racy TV series ‘Chansi’

Actor Henry Winkler visits SiriusXM Studios in New York City, October 2, 2019. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
Actor Henry Winkler visits SiriusXM Studios in New York City, October 2, 2019. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

JTA — Jewish actor Henry Winkler will star in a new show on Israeli television in Hebrew and English that is being called a “US-Israel crossover” series.

In “Chansi,” the man who brought us beloved characters like Fonzie from “Happy Days” will play the father of a Haredi Orthodox woman who leaves her community in Brooklyn for Israel.

Once there, according to one Israeli site’s description, she attempts to chart an adventurous new life — and to “sleep with as many Israeli soldiers as possible.”

An unlisted trailer for the series seems to bear out the description, which raised some eyebrows on social media.

The series stars and was created by Aleeza Chanowitz.

It is being filmed in and around Jerusalem, Variety reported, and will air on the Israeli network HOT later this year.

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