A Life Apart: Hasidism in America

The documentary film "A Life Apart: Hasidism in America" looks at the history of Hasidic Jews in the United States, especially New York City, and the modern-day life of three Hasidic families from different classes, backgrounds and countries of origin. The film tells the story of Hasidic Jews in the United States, Ukraine and Russia through interviews with subjects, discussions from scholars and photos and videos from the past. The film delves deeply into the everyday experiences of Hasidic Jews as they balance longstanding religious and modern traditions. The documentary touches on the music, religious devotion, community and family focus, matchmaking practices, style of stress, navigation of secular education and separation of the two sexes in many Hasidic communities.

TV-PG
| 1997 | 1 hr 35 min | 6.7/10
Cast
Leonard Nimoy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zeldy Abromowitz, Yaffa Eliach
Language
English
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Also directed by Menachem Daum, Oren Rudavsky