Film At Ithaca College To Examine Experiences Of Gay And Lesbian Jews

ITHACA, NY — The Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen film series at Ithaca College will offer a showing of “Trembling Before G-d,” a documentary on Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, on Thursday, Oct. 23. The screening, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Textor 102.

“Trembling before G-d” shatters assumptions about faith, sexuality and religious fundamentalism. The film portrays a group of people who face the profound dilemma of how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbid homosexuality. It examines a range of complex individuals—the world’s first openly gay Orthodox rabbi, closeted, married Hasidic gays and lesbians, those abandoned by religious families and Orthodox lesbian high-school sweethearts.

The film has garnered numerous honors, including a Teddy Award for Best Documentary at the 2001 Berlin Film Festival and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Award for best documentary in 2003.

The screening is being held in collaboration with the Jewish studies program. The Out of the Closet series is sponsored by the Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services. For more information, contact Lisa Maurer, LGBT center coordinator, at (607) 274-7394 or

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