And the Gates Opened: Women in the Rabbinate

Aired 2004-05 on ABC and 2005-06 on NBC. Produced by Diva Communications 

Presented by The Jewish Theological Seminary In May of 1985 Amy Eilberg made Conservative Jewish history as she stood to receive Smicha, rabbinic ordination, from The Jewish Theological Seminary. This landmark event in the history of the 118 year old movement represented a seismic shift for Conservative Jews world wide and the long term impact is only just beginning to be felt. As JTS prepared to celebrate the 20th anniversary of women’s ordination, this documentary explores the history leading up to the entry of women into the rabbinate and investigates the legacy this new paradigm is creating for the next generation of religious and lay leaders. From 1972 when the Reform movement first ordained Sally Priesand to today when a young Bat Mitzvah girl can hope to one day be a rabbi; “women rabbis have gradually begun reshaping the contours of Conservative Judaism, providing fresh perspectives on Jewish tradition and new models of gendered behavior in Jewish practice.” {Tradition Renewed Volume Two "The Politics of Women’s Ordination" Beth S. Wenger}

To purchase a copy of the film call  212 397-7259.

All of the Above: Single, Clergy, Mother

Aired 2013-14 on ABC. Many female rabbis and cantors in the Reform, Reconstructionist and Conservative movements of Judaism face an interesting quandary. On one hand, “Be fruitful and multiply” is the Torah’s first commandment followed later by, “For you shall be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” Imagine the dilemma if you wish to be fruitful and holy, but you’re female, a rabbi or cantor…who is single.

All of the Above: Single, Clergy, Mother highlights the stories of four single, female rabbis/cantors who adopt children or attempt medical procedures to create families of their own. A revealing new film, it explores the choices demanded of Jewish women and the often-competing desires of motherhood and faith.

More than simply a niche film about the confluence of circumstances for four specific Jewish women, All of the Above is a larger rumination on both what it means to be a Jewish-American woman today who wants to “have it all,” (spiritually, professionally and emotionally), and an object lesson for Jewish girls on the rightness and humanity of such a desire.

3 Rabbis and a Cantor 700

Rabbi Lisa Gelber, Associate Dean, The Rabbinical School, JTS Rabbi Felicia Sol, B’nai Jeshurun, New York Cantorial Student Basya Schechter, Musician/Composer, Pharaoh’s Daughter Rabbi Julie Greenberg, Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir, Philadelphia

All of the Above: Single, Clergy, Mother reveals the complicated, intriguing, sometimes frustrating, and ultimately fulfilling journey that is both unique and common to all Jewish- American women: a journey worthy of exultation and one that will define the future of Jewish women for years to come.

Weaving Life

Aired 2012-13. Presented by the National Council of Churches USA; Produced by Eastern Mennonite University

Weaving Life tells how Dan Terry, a United Methodist who worked with numerous Mennonites through the years, wove relationships, joy, partnership, and understanding into his lifelong work in Afghanistan. Terry, 64, was among 10 humanitarian aid workers assassinated in Afghanistan in August 2010. Going against the grain of almost all conventional wisdom, the documentary shows how Terry set out to build bridges where “everyone else was blowing them up,” says production consultant and storyteller Jonathan Larson. “He spans the chasms of suspicion, religious hatred and outright warfare, with patient bonds of trust and openness.”

A DVD of the program is available at 1-800-245-7894