ABOUT THE FILM
“Roadmap Jerusalem” is a documentary that tracks the connection of Jerusalem to the Jewish people by exploring the biblical, archaeological and political history of the city. Rabbi NolanLebovitz initially began creating the documentary to encourage the American Jewish community to advocate for Jerusalem. Over the course of production, Rabbi Lebovitz came to realize that only under the control of the modern state of Israel can all religions have unfettered access to their holy sites. Therefore, the documentary really makes an argument for all people – of all religions – to support and fight for Israeli control of Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is a topic in the news that will only become more and more timely in the coming year and we must prepare our communities with the facts and the ability to defend her importance as Israel’s capital city. That is the reason why Rabbi Lebovitz felt compelled to travel to Jerusalem and make this film.
"Roadmap Jerusalem" 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 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 on its strong ties to our past and its crucial importance for our future. It's time to advocate for Jerusalem.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
"Roadmap Jerusalem" is a film that combines two of Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz's great passions -- love of filmmaking and love of Israel. He feels this is an important time for all peoples in general, and especially American Jews, to stand proudly and advocate for a truth based historically justified argument for the holy city of Jerusalem as the State of Israel's capital.
Currently, Rabbi Lebovitz is thrilled to serve as the Rabbi of Adat Shalom in West Los Angeles. Since his arrival, Adat Shalom has presented innovative programming, has grown its membership by approximately thirty percent, and has once again established a religious school in the form of the Adat Shalom Jewish Education Center. Nolan was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in May, 2016.
While in Rabbinical School, Rabbi Lebovitz became a national board member of MERCAZ, the Zionist political arm of the Conservative Movement, and he proudly served as a delegate at the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem in 2015. Currently, he also serves as a member of the Masorti Rabbinic Cabinet, which strengthens Conservative Masorti Judaism in the State of Israel.
Rabbi Lebovitz began attending Ziegler in 2011 after a 10-year career in the film industry. While at Rabbinical School, he decided to merge his two passions of Torah and film to make "Roadmap Genesis." It is a film documentary that makes the case that the Book of Genesis remains relevant in American society today. Interviews in the film range from Gov. Mike Huckabee to Rabbi David Wolpe, from Alan Dershowitz to the late Archbishop of Chicago Francis Cardinal George, and many, many more. “Roadmap Genesis” was released in 2015 and is currently available through the website www.RoadmapGenesis.com and through iTunes. Rabbi Lebovitz appeared at roughly thirty promotional speaking engagements with the film in 2015 and 2016.
Rabbi Lebovitz also enjoys writing a blog for JewishJournal.com, which is titled “Israel, Torah and Me.” It has been picked up several times for the print edition as well.
During his career in Hollywood, Rabbi Lebovitz worked as a writer, director and producer. In 2009, he sold a webseries called “Bloody Knuckles” to Fox TV Studios and in 2010 he was a producer attached to a pitch sold to Fox Network for a sit-com titled “How To Feel Manly In A Minivan.” Most notably, in 2008 Sony released his film “Tortured,” starring Laurence Fishburne, Cole Hauser and James Cromwell. It was a suspense thriller Rabbi Lebovitz wrote and directed. In 2001, he graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television.
A grandchild of four survivors of the Holocaust, Rabbi Lebovitz was born and raised in the suburbs outside of Chicago. He is married to his wife Blair, and they have three children. He tries to live his life as an example for his own children that life is a journey and nobody is ever stuck in their path. Rabbi Lebovitz and Blair encourage their children to follow their dreams – even in elementary school.