Out of Faith

A three-generation saga is a popular formula for fiction as well as film. So it is not surprising to see it in the new feature-length documentary Out of Faith. The film asks the question: how does an interfaith marriage impact upon three successive generations within the same family? After members of one generation are rejected by their Holocaust survivor relatives for “marrying out” and “finishing Hitler’s job (the film is replete with a visit to Auschwitz),” the next generation tries a different response when another family member intermarries.

Love seems to conquer more than hate. Out of Faith looks like a moving, poignant film ripe with real questions about Jewish essentialism and existentialism. While it can simply serve as an evening of “entertainment,” it offers viewers a lot to talk about in informal as well as formal contexts, such as the synagogue classroom and sanctuary.

The film is being screened in various locations: Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood, California at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2006; at the Washington Jewish Film Festival in November; and for film industry personnel at the Angelika in the New York City at 11:30 am on September 21.


  1. As Rabbi Olitzky’s entry states, we will be screening OUT OF FAITH at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, September 12. Although the film is deeply moving and presents many compelling questions, the Q&As after our screenings offer opportunities to truly begin dialogues about what the future holds for Judaism in the United States. We have the great honor of having Dr. Michael Berenbaum as our moderator for the post-screening discussion. Tickets are available at the Laemmle website at . Thank you for your interest.

    Comment by L. Mark DeAngelis — September 7, 2006 @ 1:35 am

  2. Also, please feel free to weigh in on the OUT OF FAITH blog as well! Click Here.

    Comment by L. Mark DeAngelis — September 7, 2006 @ 2:29 am

  3. Sorry. The html link for the OUT OF FAITH blog in my last post did not work. Here it is:

    Comment by L. Mark DeAngelis — September 7, 2006 @ 2:31 am

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