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The Rabbi Goes West

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The Rabbi Goes West - Theatrical Trailer

Overview

Genre
Religion and Minorities
Synopsis

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?

Stage
finished
Running time
78 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Big Sleep Films LLC
Country
United States
Years of Production
2016-2019
Locations
Montana, New York, Boston, MA

Distribution Details

Release year
2019

Photos

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