IMDb > Trembling Before G-d (2001)
Trembling Before G-d
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Trembling Before G-d (2001) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 4 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
Trembling Before G-d -- Built around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian.
Trembling Before G-d -- Trailer for this documentary about the difficulties of being gay and jewish


User Rating:
7.2/10   813 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Up 21% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
View company contact information for Trembling Before G-d on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
6 December 2001 (Israel) See more »
The hidden lives of gay and lesbian Orthodox and Hasidic Jews.
A cinematic portrait of various gay Orthodox Jews who struggle to reconcile their faith and their sexual orientation. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
8 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A moving eloquent film. See more (16 total) »


Shlomo Ashkinazy ... Himself - Psychotherapist
Steve Greenberg ... Himself (as Rabbi Steve Greenberg)
Nathan Lopes Cardozo ... Himself (as Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo)
Naomi Mark ... Herself - Psychotherapist
Shlomo Riskin ... Himself (as Rabbi Shlomo Riskin)
Yaakov Meir Weil ... Himself - Psychiatrist (as Dr. Yaakov Meir Weil)

Directed by
Sandi Simcha Dubowski 
Produced by
Sandi Simcha Dubowski .... producer
Philippa Kowarsky .... co-producer
Marc Smolowitz .... producer
James Velaise .... co-producer
Original Music by
John Zorn 
Cinematography by
David W. Leitner 
Film Editing by
Susan Korda 
Production Management
Lizzie Donahue .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Shlomo Ashkinazy .... props
Pascal Willi .... graphic designer (as Pascale Willi)
Sound Department
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Lora Hirschberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Judy Karp .... additional sound recordist
Claudia Katayanagi .... additional sound recordist
Glenn Kiser .... post-production sound
John Mardesich .... post-production sound
Alex Noyes .... assistant sound editor
Stephen P. Robinson .... additional sound recordist (as Steve Robinson)
David Roche .... additional sound recordist
Bill Seery .... supervising sound editor
Peter Toole .... additional sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Nily Aslan .... additional cinematographer: Israel (as Nili Aslan)
Adam Bailey .... additional camera
Robert Bennett .... additional camera
Yael Bitton .... camera assistant
Sandra Chandler .... additional cinematographer: USA
Mik Cribben .... additional cinematographer: USA
Jim Denault .... additional director of photography: New York
Liz Dory .... additional camera
Ken Druckerman .... additional cinematographer: USA
Sandi Simcha Dubowski .... additional cinematographer: USA, UK, Israel (as Sandi Dubowski)
Issa Freij .... additional cinematographer: Israel
Kirsten Johnson .... additional cinematographer: USA
Gerald Jones .... additional camera
Kevin Keating .... additional cinematographer: USA
Karen Kramer .... additional cinematographer: USA
Jennifer Lane .... additional cinematographer: USA
David W. Leitner .... additional cinematographer: USA (as David Leitner)
Jack Louth .... set photographer
Marcia Machado .... additional camera
Jackie Matithau .... additional cinematographer: Israel
Yoram Millo .... additional cinematographer: Israel (as Yoram Milo)
Michael Pearlman .... additional camera
Marie Pedersen .... additional cinematographer: USA (as Marie Pederson)
Itzik Portal .... additional cinematographer: Israel (as Yitzhak Portal)
Abigile Sperber .... additional cinematographer: Israel (as Abigail Sperber)
Benjamin P. Speth .... additional cinematographer: USA (as Ben Speth)
Amy Steiner .... set photographer
Chloe Steward .... additional camera (as Chloe Stewart)
Shiri Vilk .... additional camera (as Shiri Wilk)
Maggie Warwick .... additional camera
Fawn Yacker .... additional cinematographer: USA
Andrew Yarme .... additional cinematographer: USA
Chris Carr .... camera operator: documentary segment (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shlomo Ashkinazy .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
David Baum .... assistant editor
David Beatrice .... post-production assistant
Johathan Berman .... post-production assistant
Yael Bitton .... assistant editor
Ron Demartin .... post-production assistant
Lizzie Donahue .... assistant editor
David Ebmeier .... post-production assistant
Akiko Iwakawa-Grieve .... assistant editor (as Akiko Iwakawa)
John Johnson .... post-production assistant
Egon Kirincic .... on-line editor
Monte Matteotti .... post-production assistant
Johanna Prenner .... commissioning editor
Jill Silverman .... post-production assistant
Julisa Sorvino-Castro .... post-production assistant
Aljernon Tunsil .... assistant editor
Music Department
Carol Sue Baker .... music supervisor (as Carole Sue Baker)
Jon L. Fine .... music supervisor
Frank London .... music consultant
Lorin Sklamberg .... music consultant
Other crew
Benton Bainbridge .... tape-to-film transfer
Lynn Bernard .... transcriber
Sagheer Bin Faiz .... production assistant
Alexander Bing .... production assistant (as Alex Bing)
Yael Bitton .... production coordinator
Suzanne Bultmeyer .... production assistant
Andrew Capelli .... title designer
Elaine Chapnik .... transcriber
Ari Chesir .... production assistant
Maya O. Cohen .... production assistant (as Maya Cohen)
Eugene Corey .... transcriber
Erin Edmison .... production assistant
Thomas Edmon .... tape-to-film transfer (as Tom Edmon)
Dana Friedman .... technology consultant
Alexander Georges .... production assistant
Caroline Ghienne .... production assistant (as Caroline Ghiennes)
Steve Goldstein .... production assistant
John Grauwiler .... production assistant
Yaffa Grinblatt .... production assistant
Malachi Handler .... production assistant
David Harris .... production assistant
Avram Heilman .... production assistant
Lawrence Inglee .... production assistant
Nurit Jacobs .... production assistant
Susan Korda .... creative collaborator
Claudia Cala Levin .... archival researcher: Israel
Avital Levy .... production assistant
Robert Luttrell .... tape-to-film transfer
Tara Mateik .... production assistant
Astrid Menze .... production assistant
Ileana Montalvo .... transcriber
Saul Nachshen .... production assistant (as Saul Nachsen)
Yigal Nizri .... production assistant
Pat O'Brien .... additional legal services
Eugene Patron .... production assistant
Nathalie Petersen .... production assistant
Sharon Roling .... production coordinator
Janelle Rothenberg .... production assistant
Dan Schmeltzer .... production assistant
Kris Schumacher .... tape-to-film transfer
Sara Scully .... production assistant
Robert L. Seigel .... production counsel
Michal Shemesh .... transcriber
Nike Silberstein .... production assistant
Eric Solstein .... tape-to-film transfer
Alexandra Stoll .... lead transcriber
Kelly Stupple .... production assistant
Heather Tenzer .... production assistant
Pieter Valk .... production assistant
Daniel Wagner .... production assistant
Micha Wald .... production assistant
David Boone Wilson .... production assistant (as David Wilson)
Owen Wolf .... production assistant
Danny Wool .... production coordinator
Mindy Affrime .... special thanks
Jonathan Berman .... thanks
Lynda Hansen .... special thanks

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Mercer Street Sound  post production sound services (uncredited)
  • Skywalker Sound  post production sound services (as Skywalker Sound, A division of Lucas Digital, Ltd.)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Germany:80 min | Germany:94 min | UK:84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The spelling of the last word in this movie's title comes from the Jewish tradition of treating any written representation of the name of God with respect, and not writing it on any document that might be treated carelessly or accidentally or deliberately defaced, destroyed, or erased (a longstanding Rabbinical interpretation of Deuteronomy 12:3). Since this movie, like most, had posters, sales materials, contractual paperwork, DVD covers, and other ephemera with its title on them go out into public hands, the filmmakers used the G-d spelling out of respect and recognition that there was no way to know how the documents on which the name would be treated outside of their presences.See more »
Rabbie Meir the Jew who is gay by choice... work like mad to overcome it... a Jew who is, as we might say, wall-to-wall gay... I will hold his hand, figuratively... and do the best I can to give him strength to serve G-d.See more »
Movie Connections:


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A moving eloquent film., 8 July 2005

This film is wonderful. It's a moving account of devout Jewish LGBT people. They tell their stories with honesty, humour and candour. The film is beautifully shot and the score becomes an integral part of the film (almost another character). The whole package is really very moving, but, to be honest, the footage can verge on the grainy (although the silhouette scenes are incredibly beautiful), and the subjects can verge on the irritating. (Some of the Rabbis need a holy kick to the head!) Nevertheless, really worth watching. The extras with the DVD are also a nice bonus. This film has become a movement in itself bringing healing and discussion of this important issue within Jewish circle. (There needs to be a Christian version of this film! A dialogue about the question of how to reconcile LGBT Christians passionate love of their faith and the Divine with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbid homosexuality.)

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (16 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Trembling Before G-d (2001)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
gay and jewish are not necessarily mutually exclusive neon1155
Religious orthodoxy is always blind. RandyL712
a message board for gay jews alexfred
Foam dumpyspice
The Orthodox Position shneur
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Family Fundamentals Religulous Flawless My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument Munich
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Documentary section IMDb Israel section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.