A documentary . . . about love stories.

LEAPS OF FAITHS is about interfaith (Jewish-Catholic) marriage, with implications for other kinds of intercultural families. In the film, love is tested by faith, and faith is tested by love. A Jew and a Catholic may have grown up looking at the other faith as ‘over there’ or ‘the other’ … but when they fall in love, that’s no longer possible. Now they’re family, and that’s when things get really interesting. 80% of Reform Jews who got married in the last 5 years intermarried, and a majority of American Jews today are partnered with someone of a different cultural or religious background. In a world that can seem increasingly polarized and tribal, interfaith families are crossing borders.

LEAPS OF FAITHS is produced by Rhythm & Light for broadcast on WTTW Chicago and streaming platforms. It was an official selection of the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival where it sold out, and is being considered for other festivals. It’s attracting large audiences at screening and post-discussions in the Chicago area.


The Voices
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Clergy - Chicago Interfaith Family School
Rabbi Chava Bahle
Family School Founding Clergy, now retired
Fr. John Cusick
Congregation Sukkat Shalom, Wilmette, IL
Rabbi Sam Gordon
Pastor, Old St. Patrick's Church, Chicago, IL, Family School Clergy
Fr. Tom Hurley
Author, Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family
Susan Katz Miller
Director, CoHere Chicago, Family School clergy
Rabbi Ari Moffic
Makom Solel Lakeside, Highland Park, IL
Rabbi Evan Moffic
Family School Founding Clergy, now retired
Rabbi Allen Secher
Makom Solel Lakeside, Highland Park, IL
Rabbi Ike Serotta
Saint Anne Catholic Community, Barrington, IL
Fr. Bernie Pietrzak



"By living in community,
we can do
almost anything."

- Rabbi Chava Bahle

 

"We can be gifts to each other
and continue to live in the mysteries
in our traditions."

- Fr. Tom Hurley