THE RABBI GOES WEST

Directed by Amy Geller, Gerald Peary
Week 2 – Film rental available Friday, July 17 – Thursday, July 23

Chaim Bruk, a charismatic 34-year-old Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi from Brooklyn, brings his evangelical strand of Judaism to Bozeman, Montana, with the mission to place a mezuzah (encased Jewish prayer offering) on the doorpost of every Montana Jew. As he travels across this “big sky” landscape, Chaim faces obstacles, including a terrifying neo-Nazi threat and objections from some skeptical Jews and the state’s Reform and Conservative rabbis. Will Chaim succeed in his Chabad expansion, and at what cost? 

Gerald Peary and Amy Geller participated in The Doc-a-chusetts Pitch (SFF 2017).