Seeking the 36

Seeking the 36 is a quixotic quest by teenage seeker Nico Lanson to find the Lamed Vov, the Thirty-Six Just Souls of Jewish folklore, in the world today. According to the legend, there are 36 anonymous individuals so righteous that they counterbalance all the sins and follies of mankind, and keep our troubled world afloat.

Nico meets a mysterious guide at the Holocaust Memorial in Boston who tells her of the legend. Nico’s search leads her from ordinary folk in Boston Common, to potential candidates known for their good works, and finally to Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement.

Images from Seeking the 36

Pandro Zandy
Rabbi Zalman and Nico
Rabbi Zeller
Lady in the Park

Tikkun Magazine article on Seeking the 36

Rabbi Zalman and the Making of Seeking the 36

Previous Showings

Seeking the 36 movie marquee

Beth Sholom B'nai Israel
Manchester, CT
Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Limmud Boston
Congregation Mishkan Tefila
Chestnut Hill, MA.
Sunday, December 4th, 2012

Utopia Film Festival
October 25-31, 2010
Greenbelt, Maryland

Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival
Sunday, March, 14th, 2010
3:00 p.m.
Seelye 106
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Quaker Friends Worship Serivce
September 26th, 2009

U.S. Premiere!
Sunday, February 1st, 2009
1:00 p.m.
Temple Israel
27 Pierce Street
Greenfield, MA

First public showing of the documentary in the United States.

A Showing in Mexico
Feb. 26th, 2009
5:30 p.m.
Meditation Center of San Miguel

Quaker Friends Worship Serivce
Saturday, March 28th, 2009
5:00 p.m.

Cape Ann Jewish Film Festival
Monday, March 30th, 2009
7:00 p.m.
Gloucester Main Stage Building
267 East Main Street
East Gloucester, MA

Woodstock Jewish Community Shavuot Retreat
Saturday, May 30th, 2009
Woodstock, New York

Aleph Kallah - Annual Gathering of the Jewish Renewal Movement
Ohio Wesleyan University
Sunday night, June 28, at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday afternoon, June 30, at 2:15 p.m.

Recent Press Coverage

Greenfield Recorder, January 29, 2009 Greenfield Recorder, March 11, 2010 Daily Hampshire Gazette, March 11, 2010 J ewish Ledger, February 25, 2010

View the Trailer

Watch the Full Video on YouTube

Notable Quote

"Every time I see this film, it makes me want to be a better person." Bela Breslau

For more information or to arrange showings, please contact Stephen Billias at 413 773-1926

Email: Stephen Billias


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