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Fringes: New Adventures in Jewish Living 2013


Distributed by Ruth Diskin Films Ltd., P.O.Box 7153, Jerusalem, 91071, ISRAEL
Produced by Jonathan Lopatin – not so simple productions
Directed by Paula Weiman-Kelman
DVD , color, 88 min.

Sr. High - General Adult
Adolescents, Judaism, United States, Canada, Israel

Date Entered: 09/05/2013

Reviewed by Michael Fein, Coordinator of Library Services, Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg, VA

The title of this work is certainly a play on words regarding the subject matter of the film – three young Jews are portrayed in how they live their lives. One is an ultra-orthodox Rabbi and his family in Montreal; another is part of a young couple who farm in Northern Virginia; the third is a young Jewish man who, with some friends, has started a secular Jewish school in Jerusalem. All three stories are “braided together, like the fringes of a tallit” to portray those living on the “fringes” of modern-day Judaism. All of their life stories are quite fascinating and portrayed sympathetically. The earnestness in each of them shines through in their lives.

The picture quality is excellent and the MPEG 2.0 sound is crystal clear. Hebrew is subtitled in English.

Recommended for all age groups and audiences.