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Yehuda

1994 26 min
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This short documentary introduces us to 10-year-old Yehuda, a radiant example of the Hasidic belief in the joy of prayer. Living with his parents and 10 brothers and sisters in West Jerusalem, Yehuda brings old customs and traditions to life as he prepares to celebrate the Sukkot festival.

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Yehuda
  • Children of Jerusalem
    Children of Jerusalem (1991–1996) is a collection of seven films by multi-award-winning filmmaker Beverly Shaffer. The series offers portraits of life in Jerusalem as experienced by seven children from diverse social, cultural and religious backgrounds.

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This short documentary introduces us to 10-year-old Yehuda, a radiant example of the Hasidic belief in the joy of prayer. Living with his parents and 10 brothers and sisters in West Jerusalem, Yehuda brings old customs and traditions to life as he prepares to celebrate the Sukkot festival.

  • director
    Beverly Shaffer
  • producer
    Beverly Shaffer
  • executive producer
    Don Haig
  • camera
    Kent Nason
  • animation camera
    Pierre Landry
    Lynda Pelley
  • sound
    Jacques Drouin
  • editing
    Rita Roy
  • sound editing
    Danuta Klis
    Jackie Newell
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
  • music
    Stephen Glass

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Ages 10 to 14
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Brief “lesson launcher type” activity or a series of inquiry questions with a bit of context:

  • Documentary profiling the day-to-day life of Yehuda, a Hasidic Jew in Grade 6 in Jerusalem.
  • Yehuda has 10 siblings. Is that typical of most families nowadays? Why might some families have more children than others?
  • How is Yehuda’s typical day at school similar to that of a Grade 6 student in your city? How is it different?
  • How do Yedhuda’s religious beliefs affect many parts of his day? What joys do they bring him?
  • Would growing up in the Hasidic community be drastically different for a child’s development than growing up as part of another religion or community? Why or why not?
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