The Rabbi Goes West
March 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm$6 – $12
Road Tripping with GPJFF
General Admission: $12 | *Students: $6
*Because student ID is required, tickets may only be purchased in-person.
Director: Amy Geller and Gerald Peary
Genre: Documentary Feature
Running Time: 1 hr 13 min
Yes, there are Jews in Montana!
There’s an evangelical strand of Hasidic Judaism — Chabad-Lubavitch — spreading across the world. THE RABBI GOES WEST focuses on one Chabad rabbi, 34-year-old Chaim Bruk, who moved from Brooklyn to unlikely Bozeman, Montana to bring his brand of Judaism to the American West. Part of his Chabad mission is to place a mezuzah, an encased prayer offering, on the doorpost of every Montana Jew. That’s less than 2,000 families spread across a state 14 times larger than Israel.
As he travels across this “big sky” landscape, Chaim confronts a terrifying neo-Nazi threat. He also faces objections to his proselytizing from some skeptical Jews and the state’s rabbis, both Reform and Conservative. While they acknowledge that he is beloved by his congregants, they fear his larger goal to put up Chabad centers everywhere in Montana. Will Chaim succeed in his Chabad expansion? And is there a cost? (Description from THE RABBI GOES WEST website)
- March 1
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
- $6 – $12
- Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF)
- (215) 545-4400