Kol Shalom Movie Night celebrates Spring’s warmth and resurgence of flowers by presenting “Loving Leah”, a uniquely Jewish love story, on Thursday, May 20 at 7 PM. Click here
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When his estranged orthodox brother Benjamin dies suddenly, handsome, single, and non-observant cardiologist Jake is confronted with an old Jewish custom (see Deuteronomy 25:5-25:10). In biblical times, a single man was expected to marry his deceased brother’s childless widow, but it is now customary to perform a ceremony releasing the pair from the obligation. During the Halizah ceremony, Jake feels uncomfortable renouncing his brother’s memory. Additionally, Leah wishes to escape the confines of her orthodox community, avoid her mother’s matchmaking, and pursue a college degree. On the spur of the moment, Leah and Jake decide to enter a platonic marriage of convenience.
In the spirit of the May 9th holiday, Jake and Leah’s mothers play an integral part in this love story within the context of conflict between observant and secular Jews. This 2009 PG-rated, 95-minute-long, Hallmark Hall of Fame film was shot in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington DC and in Brooklyn, NY. Have tissues or a handkerchief available while watching this movie, especially the ending!