Henry Winkler Is Currently Having the Best Time in Israel Kveller – Kveller.com

Posted By on March 8, 2022

Henry Winkler, aka the Fonz, our favorite onscreen and offscreen zayde, a total mensch and the man with the dance moves, is currently visiting Israel to shoot his new show, Chanshi, and he is having the time of his life.

In case you havent heard the good news about Winklers new daring and very exciting Israeli show, Chanshi is about an American Orthodox woman who decides to make aliyah and has a sexual awakening, which involves, according to the shows trailer, a lot of handsome Israeli soldiers. The show will premiere in Israel this year, and will hopefully get an international release soon, as talks are already underway.

Winkler will be starring in the show as Tatty, Chanshis Brooklynite Hasidic father, and by the looks of things, Tatty will be making a visit to the Holy Land along with his wife, Chanshis stepmom Babshi, who will be played by the inimitable Caroline Aaron (aka Shirley Maisel).

Winkler announced he was in Tel Aviv on Twitter this week with a somewhat confusing happy birthday message to Ron Howard. Happy b day my good friend from Tel Aviv !!! he wrote on Twitter, which had many followers questioning whether the famed actor and director was from the Israeli city. To be clear, he is not, but Winklers wishes were tweeted directly from Tel Aviv. (Winkler also later tweeted just the symbol @ which got retweeted over 900 times so yeah, international tweeting is hard for the septuagenarian actor, but we are here for it.)

After shooting Chanshi, Winkler, who was still wearing his Orthodox dad get-up, visited artist Ilan Adars studio.

What a Surprise, Had a special Visitor at my Studio Today, Adar wrote on Instagram. Henry Franklin Winkler is an American actor, comedian, author, executive producer, and director. Initially rising to fame as Arthur Fonzie. What a beautiful Soul. (Agreed!)

In the pictures, you can see Winkler with tzitzit, the fringes of a prayer shawl, peeking through and a black hat, flanked by paintings of Zeev Jabotinsky, a Lubavitcher rebbe, and Golda Meir. I really cant think of a more Jewish picture, and I kind of want it framed in my office.

Also, here are some pictures of Henry with the hair, make-up and costume people of Chansi. They were all very, very excited to meet the Fonz.

After shooting, Aaron and Winkler took some time to enjoy the sights and get windblown by the Mediterranean Sea on their day off. Here they are looking like your adorable Jewish grandparents on a trip, with Winkler double-fisting a fancy camera and a bottle of water, as a zayde does, and Aaron wearing big fancy shades and holding her mask in her hand. I want these two as my new Jewish grandparents, please and thank you.

This is Winklers first visit to Israel, and he didnt just spend time hanging out with his onscreen wife he took his real wife of over 40 years with him. Winkler and Stacy Weitzman visited former Israeli member of the Knesset Dr. Einat Wilf together. They chatted about Zionism, Israel and his important work on dyslexia. Both Winkler, his stepson and his daughter are dyslexic, and Winkler has co-written the delightful Heres Hank childrens book series, which follows Hank, who has dyslexia, on his many adventures and misadventures.

Winkler also met up with Israeli author Etgar Keret, who was clearly star-struck. Hanging out with The Fonz makes me feel 12 again. Thank you, Henry Winkler, for your never-ending good vibes, Keret wrote on Instagram, sharing a picture of the two of them at a restaurant, with Winkler giving the most genuine, heartfelt smile and wearing a fabulous bright green flannel shirt (feeling this unorthodox stylistic choice!).

If that wasnt enough, Winkler also visited the Uri Geller Museum in Tel Aviv, where he met up with the Israeli-British illusionist.

In a video that Geller shared on Instagram, Winkler says, My verdict is that I cant believe that I watched on television years ago this man bend a spoon and I went in my bedroom eeeh [dismissive zayde sound]. Then Im here and this man bends a spoon I now have in my pocket and I no longer go eeeeh, I go [Winkler slaps his forehead] oooh!'

Im included in the items here and I am very proud, Winkler continued, having given a spoon to the museum, which Geller referred to as his Cadillac in the caption.

In case you were wondering, yes, Winkler is sampling the local cuisine. When TV writer Eric Stangel asked his followers how are you holding up tonight? on Twitter this Tuesday, Winkler answered: full of hummus. Is there a better feeling in the world?!

I must say Im pretty impressed with how much Winkler is getting done in one short visit! Im already hoping Chanshi gets renewed for a second season, if only so we can get more adorable pictures of Winkler in Israel.

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