Film questions marrying ‘Out of Faith’

Their grandmother survived the holocaust, but their family might not survive an interfaith marriage.

“Outof Faith,” a documentary featured at a pre-release screening tonight at Adath Israel Congregation in San Francisco, chronicles the conflict between a grandmother who considers intermarriage an unforgivable betrayal and grandchildren who choose to marry partners who are not Jewish.

“I paid the highest price possible for my Jewish faith,” says Leah Welbel, who survived three years in Auschwitz. “I paid it with blood. And that alone reminds me, stick to your faith.”

At the start of the film, Leah has not spoken to her first grandchild to “marry out” in six years. Then her granddaughter decides to marry a Christian and Leah is forced to reconsider her position.

At the center of the documentary is one of the basic issues facing our nation of immigrants; does our strength lie in assimilation or heterogeneity? Are we better off as a melting pot or as a mosaic?

IF YOU GO

“Out of Faith”

When: Tuesday, July 24

Where: Adath Israel Congregation, 1851 Noreiga St., San Francisco

Tickets: $10

Contact: 415-564-5665

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