(Virtual) Screening Series

May 24, 2020 10:00 am - June 4, 2020 10:00 pm on Vimeo

NOTE: THE SCREENING PERIOD HAS NOW ENDED. If you rented the film on June 4, or later, you will only have until Sunday, June 7 at 10pm to watch it. No exceptions.

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Watch the Q&A with directors Amy Geller & Gerald Peary and subjects Rabbi Chaim Bruk & Chavie Bruk, recorded Sunday, May 31:

Please join us or the latest film from Amy Geller (THE GUYS NEXT DOOR, IFFBoston 2016) & Gerald Peary (FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES: THE STORY OF AMERICAN FILM CRITICISM, IFFBoston 2009)

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 fourteen 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? If you liked the Israeli TV series, Shtisel or the Netflix series Unorthodox, this one’s for you!

Screening Supported by Boston Jewish Film Festival

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