THE RABBI GOES WEST focuses on one Chabad rabbi, 34-year-old Chaim Bruk, who moved
from Brooklyn to unlikely Bozeman, Montana, to bring his brand of Judaism to the American
West. Part of his Chabad mission is to place a mezuzah, an encased prayer offering, on the
doorpost of every Montana Jew. That’s less than 2,000 families spread across a state fourteen
times larger than Israel.
As he travels across this “big sky” landscape, Chaim confronts a terrifying neo-Nazi threat. He
also faces objections to his proselytizing from some skeptical Jews and the state’s rabbis, both
Reform and Conservative, though they all acknowledge that he is beloved by his congregants.