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"Praying with Lior shows clearly how much is possible when a community cares enough and is invested enough to create a nurturing and supportive environment for people with disabilities. What is so clear in the film is that this investment isn't a question of denomination. In all the environments Lior is lucky enough to experience, from his home to his Reconstructionist prayer community to his Orthodox school, it is the real care and effort of the leadership, teachers and parents that make Lior's story so impressive."

- Rabbi Dov Linzer, Rosh HaYeshiva and Dean
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School

"Praying with Lior touches the heart, mind and soul of the viewer in equal measure."

- Rabbi Jeffrey Schein
Director, Department of Jewish Education
Siegal College of Judaic Studies

"Ilana Trachtman's presentation was captivating... she had the audience in the palm of her hand. Her advocacy and passion for the special needs community comes through loud and clear…not only has she mastered the art of film making, but through the dialogue with her audience, she has mastered the ability to bring the uplifting story of Lior to the heart and soul of anyone who hears it."

- Meyer Denn, Executive Director
Jewish Education Department
Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas


"Pamper your soul and watch Lior."

- Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi


"This film is more than touching. It is an amazing portrayal of Jewish family life, of human emotion, parents and children, friendship and community. The love and caring simply leap off the screen."

- Rabbi Art Green, Dean of Hebrew College


"Praying with Lior gave me one of the fullest moments of hope for the human race, and joy in being Jewish, that I have had for many years."

- Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Shalom Center

"Praying with Lior shows how inclusive our Jewish community can be - and how powerful and meaningful this ancient Jewish coming of age ritual can be. Every 13-year-old about to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah -- and their whole family -- should see it together!"

- Rabbi Andrew Vogel, Temple Sinai, Brookline

"Rarely does a film capture the sweetness and acceptance of Jewish life lived as a renewed experience. Those who prayed with Lior offered him a great deal of support which he returned in style, grace and humor. Three cheers to Lynne, Mordechai and the family for providing all of us with examples of nurturing we all can use."

- Rabbi Moshe Waldoks, Temple Beth Zion, Brookline MA


"As a rabbi, I am confident that Praying with Lior will be a powerful force in the Jewish world - and help Jewish communities to ask the difficult questions regarding special needs and integration that the subject matter provokes. As the director of an interreligious center, I am also certain that this film will teach Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists about Judaism in a way that is honest and meaningful. This is a film that transcends many differences and celebrates human dignity in the face of serious challenges. . ."

-Rabbi Daniel Brenner, Director, Center for Multifaith Education,
Auburn Center for Media and Religion

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