Shekinah Rising

Women will lead the way into the new era

There is a belief in the Lubavitch movement of Hasidic Jews that the coming of the Messiah is imminent. But before the Messiah can transform the world into a paradise, the Shekinah – the feminine aspect of God – must rise. Women will lead the way into the new era.

Shekinah Rising offers a rare opportunity to understand the lives of largely misunderstood orthodox women and the challenges they face in their early years of womanhood. The film brings us to Ste. Agathe, Quebec, to a seminary for young Hasidic woman; to Crown Heights, New York to hear a Hasidic alternative-rock women’s band; to Jerusalem for an orthodox-Jewish-feminist spoken word performance; to Paris where four Jewish hostages were murdered in a kosher grocery; to London to revisit a seminary student who is considering whether she should remain in the fold; and to a gathering of over 3000 community leaders, teachers, artists and pioneers committed to bringing peace and tolerance to Earth for all people. One more good deed, they believe, may be all that’s needed.

The Jewish mystics say the Shekinah is rising. The times are changing and these women are taking their rightful place in the new era.

Film information
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directed by
Abbey Jack Neidik

produced by
Abbey Jack Neidik
Irene Lilienheim Angelico
Ina Fichman

written by
Abbey Jack Neidik
Irene Lilienheim Angelico
Martin Nault

edited by
Martin Nault

original music
Henri Oppenheim

Abbey Jack Neidik

Margaux Ouimet
Toben Neidik

additional sound
Monika Lightstone

Bracha Feldman
Irene Lilienheim Angelico
Yael Silman
Monika Lightstone

production manager
Christine Rocheleau

production coordinator
Michael Czemerys
Ethan Maharaj

Chana Carlebach
Rabbi Yisroel Bernath
Maurie Alioff

Digital Cut Montreal

online editor/colorist
Patrick J. Clune

post-production sound
Studio Harmonie

Éric Tessier

sound editors
Éric Tessier
Steve Cordeau

narration recording
Mathieu Roy

Henri Oppenheim
Bronna Ghita-Levy
Gabriel Paquin-Buki
Vanessa Marcoux
Joel Kerr
Thomas Carbou

additional music
Vchol Karnei
arranged and performed by Perl Wolfe
Perl Wolfe – vocals and piano
Mike Levin – drums
David Forman – bass

digital media
Smiley Guy
AP Images

Sassonique Productions

Weisbord, Del Gaudio, Iacono

production accountants
Claude Desrochers
Constance Cook
Nathalie Arel
Sylvie Krasker

legal services
Lussier & Khouzam

member of Front Row Insurance Brokers

travel services
Voyages GPS

the producers wish to thank
Bruce Cowley
Michel Scheffer
France Nault
Sarita Bross
Honey Dresher

and a special thanks to all the participants
Chana Carlebach
The Seminary BMC Students
Chaya Mushka Stern
The Stern Family
Rabbi Yisroel Bernath
Perl Wolfe
Dana Pestun
Elisheva Maister
Quinn McCarthy
Creamery Studio
Rabbi Manis Friedman
Chaya Lester
Hillel Lester
Beila Brami
Rivka Abrahami
Nehama Uzan
Solline Abenhaim-Feld
Rose Adelson

produced with the participation of
Canada Media Fund
Quebec Credit Impot
Canada Tax Credit
Rogers Documentary Fund

in association with
Documentary Channel

Sandra Kleinfeld
Senior Director, documentary Channel

Jordana Ross
Production Executive, documentary Channel

Ici Télé

Jean Pelletier
Senior Director, TV Information, French Services

Georges Amar
Executive Producer, Special Reports and Documentaries, TV Information


a production by
DLI Productions
Intuitive Picures

All Rights Reserved
© 2019 Shekinah 2 Productions Inc.
a subsidiary of DLI Productions Inc. and Intuitive Pictures Inc.