“A Third Way – Settlers and Palestinians as Neighbors”

$6,810   raised
GOAL: $6,700

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The Jewish Innovation

We followed Rabbi Menachem Froman, the “settler rabbi for peace,” with our camera for more than five years. He told us with a grin, “I am a resident of the state of…God. It’s not so important who is the government.” His younger proteges, both Israeli and Palestinian, struggled along with him. We saw the love between teacher and students, spending time especially with Nahum, Ziad, and Shaul. We videod the amazing landscapes of the West Bank, the cradle of the Jewish story.

Many days we started in a settlement, then traveled 5 minutes to a neighboring Palestinian village. One of Froman’s students summed up for us, “1-state, 2-state, 3-state, 7-state – no matter what the eventual outcome, it won’t last if there aren’t good relations on the ground.”

After he died early last year, Rav Froman’s students struggled to continue his legacy. Ali Abu Awwad, a very charismatic Palestinian activist, began to work together with Hadassah Froman, his widow. A piece of land was finally found where there could safely be regular meetings between settlers and Palestinians. Rav Froman’s work is bearing fruit.

We want the world to know the hope and courage of Rabbi Froman’s vision. Join us in creating a global community of people who know we can get beyond ideology, left and right. We can create, as Froman said simply, “A good neighborhood.”

The Impact

Rabbi Froman brought people of all sides together. Even though he was sometimes controversial, when he met someone he disagreed with, his love (and humor) built bridges. When Froman died in March, 2013, over 5000 people came to his funeral in Tekoa – left and right, secular and religious, Jew and Palestinian, and all points in between.

These days, especially after the recent war between Israel and Hamas, it seems like all of us – Jews and non-Jews – are splintering apart more and more. Political discussion is often banned when families get together, because people immediately take sides. Froman taught again and again – often from the ideas of his own mentor, Rebbe Nachman of Bratslav – that the most important thing for t’shuvah (repentance) is not to despair, not to be cynical. Froman said that “opening hearts is more important than ‘my truth’ .”

What may be most amazing is the Palestinian activists who were attracted to Froman and his ideas. Ali, whose older brother was killed by Israeli soldiers, nevertheless tells us, “After years, I found that Palestinian freedom should pass through Jewish hearts – if we can create trust and overcome the fear, we will be the happiest two nations on the planet.”

Froman, living in a settlement surrounded by many Palestinian villages, and knowing that he could never leave the land of his ancestors, concluded, “The essence of my religion is to love the Palestinians.” Sound impossible? Not according to this rabbi who lived in Tekoa, the home of biblical prophet Amos.

What Will You Do with the Money?

We have finished shooting our feature documentary. This campaign will allow us to do all the things necessary to create our final movie, and to start sharing it with the world. This includes:
– finish editing
– sound mix, color correction, titles, subtitles (including Hebrew and Arabic), final print
– marketing and publicity, film festival entry feesIf we surpass our goal, it will allow us to spend even more time doing outreach, which will help secure more screenings, both in the United States and in Israel/Palestine. It will also allow us to offer screening discounts to selected schools and other institutions, and to create our Study Guide.

Support this cause and make a difference

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Coexistence & Multiculturalism | Film & Music

“A Third Way – Settlers and Palestinians as Neighbors”

$6,810   raised
GOAL: $6,700

140

 Donors

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Campaign by
Harvey Stein

I grew up in New York City, & in 2006 made aliyah to Israel. Over the last 10 years I have made over 100 short videos for Time Magazine, GlobalPost, Tablet, Forward, and others. My work allows me to meet many inspiring and courageous people. I'm happy to be raising money on Jewcer to finish my documentary "A Third Way" on the inimitable Rabbi Menachem Froman and his proteges on both sides. My deepest belief is that for us Israelis and Palestinians, our future can be very different than our past. Rabbi Froman told me: "Yes, there are difficulties, but as my neighbors say, 'Allahu Akbar', 'God will overcome' - or as you Americans say, 'Yes we can'". Then he made a really big smile.

  • Big Thanks
    5 claimed

    You get a shout out on our Facebook page.

  • Signed postcard
    11 claimed

    Signed postcard of a still from our movie, mailed from Israel or Palestinian terrotories (you choose, different stamps of course).

  • Digital download
    37 claimed

    You receive a digital download of our completed film.

  • Packet of postcard stills
    4 claimed

    Packet of 5 postcard stills from “A Third Way”, including one of Rabbi Froman.

  • Ali Abu Awwad's book!
    11 claimed

    Ali Abu Awwad is writing his life story, with his thoughts and strategies on reconciliation and non-violence work in Palestine/Israel, called "Painful Hope." You choose between English, Arabic, or Hebrew edition.

  • Signed DVD
    11 claimed

    A signed DVD of "A Third Way."

  • Skype with Director (& Digital Download)
    0 claimed

    You get a Digital Download, AND a group skype with Harvey Stein, "Third Way" director. All questions answered, from details of the political scene in Israel (with new elections), to questions about the ongoing activities of our characters.

  • T-shirt with our logo
    6 claimed

    Custom-designed t-shirt, either on white or grey.

  • Coffee Care Package
    3 claimed

    Half a pound of Third Way Special fine ground Turkish (as Israelis call it) or Arab (as Palestinians call it) coffee, direct from Jerusalem - and any ONE of above: tshirt, signed DVD, or Ali's book.

  • Group skype and more.
    6 claimed

    You participate in a small group skype with the director and two of the characters. Bring your questions. AND any one of: t-shirt, Ali's book, or DVD.

  • Expanded Coffee Care Package
    3 claimed

    Half a pound of Third Way Special fine ground Turkish (as Israelis call it) or Arab (as Palestinians call it) coffee, direct from Jerusalem - and ALL of above - tshirt, signed DVD, and Ali's book (you specify English, Arabic, or Hebrew).

  • Coffee date with a producer
    1 claimed

    Invitation to a cafe meeting with Harvey Stein (in Jerusalem) or Brad Rothschild (in New York), on screen "Thanks", and either a digital download or DVD (you choose).

  • Invite to Private Screening
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    Invitation to private NYC or Jerusalem screening (plane fare not included to either place) , plus t-shirt, on screen “Thanks”, and either digital download or DVD (you choose).

  • Third Way Block Party Special
    0 claimed

    A public performance license for the finished documentary film. Show the film for a fundraiser or a theatrical screening for your organization or your friends. BluRay DVD provided, PLUS one pound of Third Way Special fine ground coffee, 2 t-shirts, and 2 sets of postcards.

  • Sponsor West Bank Screening
    0 claimed

    We will set up a free West Bank screening of our movie, thanks to you - with an audience of Israelis and Palestinians, including discussion and snacks afterwards. This is how peace is made on the ground.

  • Angel Especiale
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    You get "Associate Producer" credit in the film, a DVD, T-shirt, Ali's book, and pound of Third Way coffee.

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