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Event: Orthodox conversion doc "Leap of Faith" screens in Washington DC

Event: Orthodox conversion documentary “Leap of Faith” in Washington DC

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Time: 7:30pm
Place: The Screening Room, Washington District of Columbia Jewish Community Center | 1529 16th Street NW, Washington DC 20036 | (202) 518-9400

The feature-length documentary, LEAP OF FAITH, is the first film to explore the phenomenon of religious conversion. The film takes an in-depth look at one of modern man’s more dramatic and difficult spiritual journeys: a journey that moves the voyager to forsake the religion of parents, abandon the traditions of childhood and enter into a wholly new, often radically different system of belief and practice of worship. In LEAP OF FAITH we follow four families through their religious conversion from Gentile to Orthodox Jew. It is a decision that some will find courageous, others utterly absurd. We will witness a host of crises and triumphs and often surprising consequences. Seen from one perspective, our story is a story of ultimate devotion, from another ultimate betrayal.

At the New York Film Festival of this film, I asked the directors (whose wives are both converts) when the film would be available on DVD so I could send a copy to each and every one of my family members in the Caribbean (and New York) so it could explain why I had converted in a way that I could never do in words. The film features a young Caribbean convert from Trinidad & Tobago who lets us follow her through the conversion process in New York City.

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