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  • New Adventures in Jewish Living
(Doc 72 min. MINIDV/DVD, 2013)
  • Written and Directed by: Paula Weiman-Kelman
  • Produced by: Jonathan Lopatin – not so simple productions
  • Language: English and Hebrew with English\Hebrew subtitles


In this new documentary, Paula Weiman-Kelman tells three stories of spiritual innovation, focusing on young Jews in Israel, Canada and the US. These stories – vibrant, quirky, moving – are braided together, like the fringes of a tallit, to create an inspiring portrait of cutting-edge Judaism in the 21st century.



  • Hadassah Israel, 2015
  • Gvanim Jewish & Israeli Cultural Center, Israel, 2014
  • Westchester Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2014
  • Budapest Jewish Film Festival, Hungary, 2013
  • Bucharest Jewish Film Festival, Romania, 2013
  • Vassar International Film Festival, USA, 2013
  • B'nai Jeshurun Synagogue, NYC, 2013
  • Manhattan JCC, 2014
  • Religion Today Film Festival, Italy, 2013
  • Congregation Tikvat Jacob, USA, 2013
  • The Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, 2012


  • McMaster University, Canada
  • Rowan University
  • Days of Jewish Discussion, Tucson, USA
  • Arizona State University
  • Stern College for Women
  • Duke University
  • Yale University
  • Harvard University
  • Library of Congress
  • Bard College
  • Library of Congress
  • Hebrew University
  • University of Pennsylvania

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We are inventing a life…

for the full article:

The movie, by Jerusalem-based documentary filmmaker Paula Weiman-Kelman, focuses on two American Jewish couples: Rabbi Liebish and Dena Hundert are an unusually creative, Orthodox pair who start a student-oriented synagogue/music café in Montreal near McGill University. After more than a decade of the grueling work of raising money to pay the rent and salaries on the endeavor they leave to pursue other options. Pablo and Esther Elliott are a young couple — she spent her early childhood in the former Soviet Union and he grew up Catholic, converting to Judaism shortly before they married — striving to lead a religiously observant life while tending the family farm in rural Virginia.

Debra Nussbaum Cohen, Ha’aretz, November 2013

“the life stories are quite fascinating and portrayed sympathetically. The earnestness in each of them shines through in their lives”.

For the entire review in EMRO, check:

Jews are portrayed in how they live their lives:

Wherever you’re coming from, if Weiman-Kelman’s movie is playing in a theater near you (maybe at your next Jewish Film Festival), you certainly won’t be on the fringes if you rush out and buy a ticket.

For the entire review by Brian Blum, check:

This is a loving and empathetic film about contemporary Jews who are seeking to be Jewish -- and creating Jewish communities -- in new and different ways.

FOR THE ENTIRE REVIEW BY Amy Kronish, check:

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