The Rabbi Goes West

Virtual Film Screening and Q&A

  • THE REAL UNORTHODOX: A Chassidic family moves to Montana, adopts five children, including a black son, and is determined to change the landscape of Judaism in the state.

    Chabad Lubavitch of Idaho has partnered with Chabad of Peabody and obtained an exclusive film viewing of the independent film, The Rabbi Goes West .

    We have secured access to the film for 72 hours. Once you register by submitting the form below, a separate email will be sent to you on Monday, June 8th with the exclusive link . You will have 72 hours to watch the film on the platform Vimeo. You can't get this film on Netfilx or any other streaming service.

    Then, on Thursday, June 11 , 2020 at 5:30 pm Mountain Time, we will have a live, Zoom event with the film's main subject, Rabbi Chaim Bruk. You will be able to ask questions to Rabbi Bruk.

    This event is free of charge, with a suggested donation of $10.


    ABOUT THE FILM (from the producers):

    Yes, there are Jews in Montana!

    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?

    Watch the trailer and learn more about the film at .

    Rabbi Chaim, his wife Chavie and their five adopted children

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