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Trembling Before G-d

On Sunday, February 8, 2015, the Social Action Committee will present a special screening of the film “Trembling Before God.” The film will be shown at two in the afternoon at Mishkan Torah.Made in 2001, the film is a documentary about people trying to reconcile their homosexuality with their Jewish fundamental religious beliefs. The film has won a number of awards.

Shot in six countries, this documentary shatters assumptions about faith, sexuality, and religious fundamentalism. The film is built around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian. The film portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma - how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism and the Divine with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbid homosexuality. As the film unfolds, the audience meets a range of complex individuals - some hidden, some out - from the world's first openly gay Orthodox rabbi to closeted, married Hasidic gays and lesbians to those abandoned by religious families to Orthodox lesbian high-school sweethearts. Many have been tragically rejected and their pain is raw, yet with irony, humor and resilience, they love, care, struggle, and debate with a thousands-year old tradition. Ultimately, they are forced to question how they can pursue truth and faith in their lives--and survive--while upholding the universal struggle to belong.


More information about the film can be found on this Wikipedia page.