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Thank You Rebbe is a short film inspired by true events that happened in the Chicago downtown Chabad community.

Synopsis. A Ba'Al Teshuva (a secular Jew that turns to embrace Orthodox Judaism) walks into a Chabad House to write a letter to the Rebbe OBM. Key moments of a lifetime unfold with an upbeat narrative. A man and woman are able to fill with meaning and joy every day, despite unfair challenges and pain.

It was produced in July 2016 and has received a warm welcome in the film festival circuit being selected and screened at the Glendale International Film Festival in Los Angeles, at the Chelsea Film Festival in New York, the Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival in Santa Monica, and the Malibu Film Festival. It also won the 2021 Best Jewish Film award at the Cannes World Film Festival - Remember the Future competition.

Disclaimer. This film does not pretend to present an accurate description of religious life. It is a narrative fiction and a tribute inspired by true events.

About the project.

Interview with the author by the
Cannes World Film Festival - Remember the Future competition / Link


The Chicago downtown Chabad House

A special thank you to Rabbi Meir Chai Benhiyoun and to all the Chabad downtown community on Dearborn Pkwy.

An amazing community and an extraordinary Rabbi. A place and a community that makes good things happen and inspired me to write, produce and direct the short film 'Thank You Rebbe'. May you always encounter success in all your initiatives.


Daniel Vital

writer & filmmaker, official website

Carmel, CA USA

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