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Yiddish film is a rare look into Hasidic Brooklyn life | The Times of … – The Times of Israel

| August 2, 2017

BOSTON (JTA) With more than a decades worth of experience in the film industry, mostly in documentaries, director Joshua Weinstein has released his first feature-length narrative film. Whats surprising is that Weinstein, a secular Jew, has made a movie entirely in Yiddish.

Uneasy Welcome as Ultra-Orthodox Jews Extend Beyond New York – New York Times

| August 2, 2017

In March, Jackson adopted an ordinance banning school dormitories, which seemed aimed at yeshivas that draw students from afar. Agudath Israel of America, an umbrella group for ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic organizations, filed a federal suit in May arguing that the ordinance violated federal land-use laws intended to protect religious groups against burdensome local restrictions. Jersey City, a manufacturing hub well into the 20th century, never had a significant ultra-Orthodox presence

‘Jesus Camp’ Creators To Release Documentary About Leaving The Hasidic Community – Forward

| August 2, 2017

In Jesus Camp, the premiere documentary by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, we watched as three children dedicated their young lives to Jesus and the teachings of their church: climate change as a hoax, the imminent return of Christ as a given, and Christian heavy metal as a legitimate form of art.

Hasidic Murals Vandalized Amidst Debate About Late Rabbi’s Portrait – Forward

| July 31, 2017

Facebook Three newly-painted public murals of the Lubavitcher Rebbe were vandalized in Crown Heights late last week, exposing an ongoing debate about the image of the movements late charismatic leader who is revered as the Messiah by a vocal segment of the community. The community website Collive uploaded surveillance footage on Friday of two young men vandalizing one mural located on Kingston Avenue, the main artery of Hasidic Crown Heights by crossing out the portrait with black paint

‘Menashe’: The Powerful New Indie That Goes Inside New York’s Hasidic Community – Daily Beast

| July 30, 2017

Making an independent film on-location in Brooklyns Hasidic community, and almost completely in Yiddish, is not the most obvious way to lure people into a theater. When director Joshua Z

WATCH: Hasidic Jews jam with Pope Francis at Vatican …

| July 30, 2017

Pope Francis.. (photo credit:REUTERS) ROME Pope Francis danced with a delegation of Hasidic Jews and discussed with them issues including the protection of Jewish cemeteries in Europe and combating child sex abuse.

Interview: Joshua Z. Weinstein on Making the Hasidic Drama Menashe – slantmagazine

| July 30, 2017

The Hasidim, extremely religious Jews known for their reclusiveness and distinctive clothing, are rarely represented on screen. Their beliefs and values put them at odds with secular culture, meaning they're usually seen from an outsider's perspectiveand when they are seen with an insider's eye, it's almost always that of someone running away from the community. Menashe, written, shot, and directed by Joshua Z

‘Menashe’ Presents a Rare Authentic, On-Screen Depiction of Hasidic Judaism – Algemeiner

| July 27, 2017

Email a copy of "Menashe Presents a Rare Authentic, On-Screen Depiction of Hasidic Judaism" to a friend By Jane Hanser/JNS.org Hasidic father Menashe and his son Rieven in the film Menashe. Photo: Federica Valabrega. JNS.org In the filmMenashe, which debuts across America onJuly 28, director Joshua Weinstein has delicately crafted a work that emanates a rarely seen authenticity, tenderness and depth sadly lacking in other mainstream films about Hasidic Jews and their communities.

Jewish group prepares for legal fight over religious boundary – NorthJersey.com

| July 27, 2017

An explanation of the Orthodox Jewish custom of an eruv. Wochit An Eruv remains on a utility pole on West Saddle River Road at Applewood Drive in Upper Saddle River on Wednesday afternoon after the noon deadline passed to have it removed.(Photo: Tariq Zehawi/NorthJersey.com) Amid an increasingly ugly battle that has prompted accusations of anti-Semitism, an Orthodox Jewish group seeking to expand a religious boundary into northwest Bergen Countyhas hired a Manhattan law firm to defend itself against threatened legal action

A widowed Hasidic father faces a custody battle in the New York drama Menashe – A.V. Club (blog)

| July 27, 2017

Before making the film Menashe, documentarian Joshua Weinstein donned a yarmulke and explored Brooklyns Borough Park, getting to know the stories and personalities of New Yorks Hasidic Jews. That was the easy part of the process. It was trickier when Weinstein returned to the neighborhood with a camera crew to work with the locals hed hired for his cast.


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