Price: $310.00

    Code: 2300

    Directed by John Mounier
    2006, 72 minutes
    Purchase: $310 Classroom Rental: $125

    Hasidic communities in the U.S. and elsewhere are enclosed by an Eyruv: a thin wire hung high above their streets and homes, serving as a ritual boundary between the Hasidim and the secular world. Beyond Eyruv follows the journey of a young man's life after choosing to leave the ultra-orthodox Hasidic community, the only world he's ever known.

    Moshe left his secluded community in Israel when he was eighteen years old to live with his non-religious grandparents in Brooklyn, New York. Driven by curiosity for the "world out there" and the need to escape the limitations inherent in such a closed community, Moshe struggles to balance his desire for a new life with his love for his faith and family. He quickly learns how unprepared he has been when the responsibilities of the outside world immediately overwhelm him.

    As the story unfolds, we see that he is living in between these two worlds - without finding comfort in either. Ultimately, if he's unable to fit in, find work and become self-sufficient, he may have to accept that his only option is to return to the Hasidic community - if they will have him.

    An exploration of not only religion but a universal longing to find one's place, Beyond Eyruv serves as an excellent tool for religion and Jewish studies, but also psychology and cultural studies.

    Subjects & Collections

    Festivals & Awards

    * Winner, Best Feature Documentary, Woodstock Film Festival, 2006
    * Official Selection, SilverDocs AFI Film Festival, 2006
    * Official Selection, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, 2006
    * Official Selection, San Diego Jewish Film Festival, 2006


    Beyond Eyruv is highly recommended for Jewish studies programs and could also be useful to anyone working with young people from orthodox religious backgrounds. Director Mournier’s documentary work is informative, emotionally moving and at times even suspenseful.” - Educational Media Reviews Online

    “A deeply moving and fascinating look into the Chassidic world. It’s remarkably alive and sometimes feels like a feature film with great twists and turns – but it’s all real. Bravo.” – Paul Mazursky