November 14, 2008
16th of Marcheshvan, 5769
This is an email announcement regarding the documentary film, Lonely Man of Faith: The Life and Legacy of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik
Welcome to everyone who has joined the list since the last mailing.

There are two screenings coming up, next week, and lots of new screenings to announce!

November 22 (25th night of Marcheshvan) will be the Five Towns Premiere at Young Israel of Woodmere, 859 Peninsula Blvd.  The Screening will begin at 7:30 PM.  The event is co-sponsored by Congregation Bais Tefilah, Congregation Beth Sholom, Ohr Torah, and Young Israel of North Woodmere.  The Facebook event is here.   Please pass it around.
Please note that the date has again been changed, from November 23 (and November 9).

 November 23 (26th night of Marcheshvan) will be the Seattle Premiere.  The screening will take place at 7 PM, at the McEachern Auditorium, in the Museum of History and Industry, 2700 24th Ave E.  The screening will be preceded by a reception at 6 PM in the McCurdy Gallery, and will be followed by Q/A with me.   To order tickets (only $5!), click here.  The Facebook event is here.  Please pass it around.

The event is presented by the Seattle Hebrew Academy, and was made possible by a grant from Martin Selig & Catherine Mayer, and through partnerships with Northwest Yeshiva High School, Torah Day School of Seattle, Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath, Ezra Bessaroth, Sephardic Bikur Holim, and Congregation Shevet Achim.

I will be in the Seattle community, over the Shabbat beforehand, as scholar-in-residence.  Friday night, November 21 (24th night of Marcheshvan) I will be speaking at a dinner taking place at the social hall of Sephardic Bikur Cholim at 6500 52nd Ave S.  Dinner will begin at 5:30 PM, followed by the lecture at 7:00 PM.   The dinner is organized by Seattle Hebrew Academy.  Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children.  Please contact Erica Curnutte by the end of the day, at or 206-323-7933 x 260.
New: I'm happy to finally announce the long-awaited U.K. Premiere
December 9 (13th night of Kislev) the film will premiere in London at St. Johns Wood United Synagogue, 37-41 Grove End Rd., NW8 9NG.  And I'm excited to announce that I will be joined at the screening by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the U.K., and Dayan Lichtenstein, Rosh Beth Din of the Federation of Synagogues
I'm also working on putting together some screenings beyond London, while I'm in the U.K., in places such as Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham, Southend, Bournemouth, and Glasgow.  If you have connections in any of these places, or if you have other ideas, please reply to this email.
New: December 18 (22nd night of Kislev) will be the Great Neck, NY Premiere at Great Neck Synagogue, 26 Old Mill Rd.  The screening is co-sponsored by Young Israel of Great Neck.  More information to follow.

Once again, I'd appreciate it if you could forward this email to anyone else who might be interested in this information.  And here's a link to the Facebook group for the film.
Save the date:
We're also in the process of arranging screenings in Philadelphia, PA; West Hempstead, NY; New Rochelle, NY; Silver Spring, MD; White Plains, NY; and Denver, CO.

More information to follow about all these screenings.

There was a tremendous turnout at the two screenings that were held last Saturday night, November 8 (11th night of Marcheshvan).  Over 300 people attended the Brooklyn Premiere, at Congregation Talmud Torah of FlatbushRabbi Kenneth Auman shared his memories of the Rav, along with a couple of other former students, and I understand that barely anyone left early!
Meanwhile, 350 people attended the Edison / Highland Park, NJ Premiere, hosted at Congregation Ohr TorahThe screening was presented by the Orthodox Forum of Edison/Highland Park, in cooperation with Congregation Ahavas Achim.  Afterwards, Dr. Arnold Lustiger, author of Before Hashem You Shall Be Purified and Derashot Harav, and editor of the High Holiday Soloveitchik machzorim, shared his thoughts.

If you have an interesting experience or story connected to the film, please don't hesitate to share them with me.  You can simply reply to this email (don't worry, it will only go to me). 

If anyone is interested in organizing a screening outside of Israel, please contact
For screenings within Israel, contact Hedva Goldschmidt, of Go2Films.
Shabbat Shalom,
Ethan Isenberg