This production was created by Owen Kindig in 1994 for Lena Romanoff and her company, the Jewish Converts and Interfaith Network. It was shot on videotape and 16mm film in San Antonio, Philadelphia, and Columbus Ohio.
Its purpose was to communicate the results of Lena's extensive research into the impact of dual-religion parenting on the children. Its tone is both celebratory of the benefits of Judaism in teaching children about God, and the difficult emotional pathways that interfaith couples face as they try to find their own personal and family identity.
My special thanks to David and Lena Romanoff, my clients and the executive producers and visionaries behind this film. It features a number of Columbus residents including members of Tifereth Israel, Rabbi Harold Berman and Cantor Jack Chomsky, residents of the Wexner Heritage Village who shared their hearts with me, Florence Melton of blessed memory, and the faculty and students of Columbus Torah Academy of Columbus and Akiba Hebrew Academy (Now Jack M. Barrack) of Philadelphia. The shtetl photographs were by Roman Vishniac, from his book A Vanished World, and are reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc. The theme music was written and performed by Harris Romanoff, one of several talented sons of Lena and David. My daughters Rachel and Lydia also appear in the film.
In addition to directing, writing, shooting, and editing the film, Owen also helped market it, including the design of the logo, packaging and creation of teaching seminar books and magazine ads.
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