We made our Kickstarter Stretch Goal - Take Us to the Holy Land!
Thanks to you, we will be able to cover travel and accommodations for our key crew to screen “The Rabbi Goes West” in the Holy Land. Next year in Israel!
About the film
Our documentary asks: How can we talk with an open heart to those who seem our political and religious opposites?
This unique, complex portrait of a Hasidic rabbi in the new West will resonate with people across the country and even around the world.
With your help, we can reach our funding goal by August 10. Every donation helps! And with Kickstarter, it's all or nothing!
"The Rabbi Goes West" is fiscally sponsored by Documentary Educational Resources, a 501(c) 3, non-profit organization. So your donation is TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.
Yes, there are Jews in Montana! That’s what we learned, on our first trips ever to this gorgeous state. As our film crew traveled from Bozeman to Missoula to Whitefish to Helena, we met many of the state’s 1,300 Jews who have chosen to live, and worship, in a place of transcendent beauty.
“The Rabbi Goes West” begins with one of them: Rabbi Chaim Bruk, a young, charismatic Hasidic rabbi from Brooklyn, NY, who moved to faraway Bozeman, Montana, to connect all Jews, observant and unaffiliated, to their Judaism.
His mission? To place a mezuzah - an encased prayer offering - on the doorpost of every Montana Jew. As he travels across this “big sky” landscape, Rabbi Chaim confronts anti-Semitism, and also objections to his preachings from other rabbis in the state.
Meeting Rabbi Chaim Bruk, we were struck by his ambitious mission: to bring Jews closer together while putting up mezuzahs all across Montana. We grew to care for Rabbi Chaim and his family. Yet at the same time, we had to acknowledge a disconnect with his Bible-based religious philosophy and some of his politics.
Could we maintain our common ground even when we disagreed?
We are as disturbed as everyone--liberal, moderate, conservative--by the incredible divisions in America today. “The Rabbi Goes West” asks for tolerance and acceptance for a diversity of religious thinking. Through the lens of a camera, we as liberal, secular Jews from Massachusetts, strive for connection with Montana’s observant Jewish community.
In today's ideologically fractured world, how can empathy and compassion find a place?
There’s more than one rabbi who arrived in this western state. Meet the true stars of our Montana-set documentary:
Our film also features many members of the diverse Jewish community of Montana.
We need the funds to finish editing, compose an original score and return to Montana for an additional film shoot. With your help we'll be able to bring this film to audiences in 2019!
And remember: since Kickstarter is all or nothing, we must reach our funding goal by August 10.
PLEASE MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TODAY.
STEP 1: We will screen widely at film festivals in the US, especially the Jewish film festival circuit. There over 135 Jewish festivals globally, including in Israel, Germany, Australia, the UK and even Hong Kong.
STEP 2: Our film will be shown by public libraries and community and religious organizations.
STEP 3: We will partner with an educational distributor to make our documentary is available to colleges and universities.
STEP 4: Our film will be available on DVD and broadcast on public television, and on digital platforms like iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.
We've assembled a stellar team of filmmaking talent, whose award-winning documentaries have screened on public television, Turner Classic Movies International, the Documentary Channel, as well as prestigious film festivals in the US and abroad.
When you support our project, you can choose to receive one of our FABULOUS REWARDS! Whether you're a foodie, a film lover, an up-and-coming filmmaker, or a health nut, there's something fun and exciting for everyone!
Because we have a non-profit partner, Documentary Educational Resources (http://www.der.org), all contributions to this Kickstarter campaign are tax-deductible.
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Risks and challenges
As with any project, there are potential risks involved in the completing of a feature film. With their documentary experience, the filmmakers are confident that they will overcome any unforeseen challenges and deliver “The Rabbi Goes West” to audiences. If we encounter any significant delays along the way, we’ll be sure to let you know.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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