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The Rabbi Goes West

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Screenings & Events

05Apr

Sunday, April 5, 2020 | 02:55PM - 04:45PM |Regal Bella Bottega

The Stroum Jewish Community Center announced the decision not to proceed with the Seattle Jewish Film Festival scheduled for March 19 – 29 and April 4 – 5. Options are being explored for a rescheduled film festival to take place in the summer or early fall of 2020.

More information: https://sjcc.org/blog/seattle-jewish-film-festival-postponed/

About The Film

Meet the new Frisco Kid. A Hasidic Chabad rabbi moves from Brooklyn to Bozeman, Montana, to bring his brand of Judaism out West across Big Sky country. Traditional values are challenged by his ambitious campaign: to place a mezuzah (small box with a parchment blessing) on the doorpost every Jewish home in town—nearly 2,000 spread across a state fourteen times the size of Israel. As Rabbi Bruk’s prominence grows, he faces neo-Nazi threats and resistance from established and skeptical Jews who object to his proselytizing while acknowledging he is popular and respected.  The delicate balance between traditional values and the libertarian ethos of the American West is explored through one man’s faith and family.


Special Guest

Bruk headshot web  Rabbi Chaim Bruk, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, studied at the prestigious Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, New Jersey. In 2006, he married Chavie and in 2007 they founded Chabad Lubavitch of Montana. 

 

Director Bio

Amy Geller is an award winning director, actress, and producer known previously for BORDERLINE (2017), THE GUYS NEXT DOOR (2016), and STAY UNTIL TOMORROW (2004).

Gerald Peary is an actor, director, and producer known previously for FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES: THE STORY OF AMERICAN FILM CRITICISM (2009), MIDWEST OF EDEN (2005), and FIRST PERSON (2000).

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Film Details:

Director: Amy Geller, Gerald Peary
Country: USA
Language: English
Running Time: 73m
Year:2019
Genre: Documentary

Subjects:

  • Religion
  • Chabad
  • Hasidism
  • Montana

Rating: G

 Sponsors:

  • Jean and Harris Klein