Road Tripping with GPJFF
Sunday, March 1, 2020
2 PM @ National Museum of American Jewish History
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
THE RABBI GOES WEST centers on 34-year-old Chaim Bruk, an idealistic Chabad Rabbi who moves from Brooklyn, New York to Bozeman, Montana to bring his unique brand of Judaism to the American West. As the founder of the state’s first Chabad Center, Chaim’s first order of business is to affix a kosher mezuzah onto every Jewish doorpost in Bozeman. While some families are eager to accept the rabbi’s offering, other Jewish locals and Bozeman rabbis are uncomfortable by Chaim’s outwardly proselytizing tactics. There is also a growing fear that Chaim’s larger goal is to expand Chabad to other cities in Montana. Despite the recent rise of neo-Nazi threats and the resistance expressed by some folks in his community, Chaim falls hard for Big Sky Country, eager to raise his family and fulfill his mission in Boseman. With its spectacular Montana scenery and glimpses of small-town charm, this funny and engaging documentary has gotten audiences talking at Jewish Film Festival screenings coast to coast.
- Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
- Boston Jewish Film Festival
- DOC NYC
- Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival
- Miami Jewish Film Festival
- San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
- Seattle Jewish Film Festival