New Film Helps People Advocate for an Israeli Jerusalem
Why is it so important for the United States to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel? Why does Jerusalem mean so much to the Jewish people and the Jewish state? And why must all of its holy sites remain under Israeli control?
These are questions filmmaker and rabbi Nolan Lebovitz seeks to answer in his new, 26-minute documentary, Roadmap Jerusalem, now available on the website roadmapjerusalem.com, as well as on Amazon.com.
Rabbi Lebovitz said the world’s new and nefarious tactics to delegitimize the Jewish state motivated him to make the film to help people advocate for Jerusalem and articulate both its importance and its Jewish heritage “through history, politics, and the Bible.”
The website, where a two-minute trailer is available for viewing, says the film follows Rabbi Lebovitz “as he travels the streets of Jerusalem, walks the corridors of the Knesset with former Knesset Member Rabbi Dov Lipman, learns about our [the Jewish people’s] archaeological and historical connections at the Temple Mount with Dr. Jon Seligman from the Israel Antiquities Authority, and studies biblical texts with Vered Hollander-Goldfarb at the Conservative Yeshiva. Rabbi Lebovitz captures the spiritual qualities of our ancient holy city to shine a great [light] on its strong ties to our past and its crucial importance for our future. It’s time to advocate for Jerusalem.”
Jim Showers, executive director of The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, said the film “makes the case that Jerusalem is important, not only for Jewish people but for the world.”
“While there are many organizations, thank goodness, that advocate for the State of Israel,” Rabbi Lebovitz told Israel My Glory, “I don’t know of any project solely devoted to advocating for Jerusalem as the historical and rightful, spiritual and political capital of the Jewish People. Roadmap Jerusalem makes the case for all peoples of faith to advocate for Israeli control of Jerusalem. The State of Israel insures unfettered access for all to all of our holy sites.”
Lebovitz spent 10 years in the Hollywood film industry before reading the Torah (Five Books of Moses). “I found myself looking for meaning [in life],” he said. “Abraham’s narrative in Genesis resonated with me in a deep and profound way as an adult, husband, and father. That drove me to begin studying the texts of the Jewish tradition, moving my family to Jerusalem for a year so I could study there, and ultimately being ordained as a rabbi.”
His study led to his previous film, Roadmap Genesis. Today he leads Adat Shalom, a synagogue in Los Angeles.