Sacred Sperm
זרע קודש

Part of our Documentary Double Feature
with “The Polgar Variant”.

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7:00 pm

A fascinating, eye-opening documentary exploring the concept of sacred sperm within the ultra-Orthodox  Hasidic community which considers new life pure if born of “sacred sperm” and the spilling of sperm murder. In this documentary Director/Narrator Ori Gruder shares his journey as he tries to fully understand the concept and come to terms with how to raise his son in good faith. This sensitive film also explores the difficulties worshipers face, and how they work through them with support from a genuinely loving community. The film highlights how we are all vulnerable in some way: we watch as Gruder, who became Orthodox as an adult, asks himself, “Am I worthy of teaching my son?”.

Review: Time Magazine hails Sacred Sperm as “an intimate, informative and at times awkward look at the insular religious community”.  Read more >>

Screening Location
Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
272 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Brywn Mawr, PA 19010
Movie Info
Israel, 2015, 60 minutes
Hebrew with English Subtitles
Ori Gruder