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Wendy's Shabbat

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Wendy's Shabbat[1] is a 2018 documentary film directed and produced by Rachel Myers. It stars Roberta Mahler, Lou Silberman, Sharon Goodman, Gerri Gussman and Rabbi Isaiah Zeldin. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2018 [2]and Palm Springs International Film Festival 2018[3], and over 50 other film festivals world wide where it won Audience Choice Awards at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival 2019, Jewish & Israeli Film Festival 2019, Audience Choice Award Winner Gold Coast International Film Festival 2018. Wendy's Shabbat theatrically premiered at Leammle Theatre[4]- Music Hall [5]and qualified for 2018 Academy Awards. [6] The film was critically appraised for it's subject and depiction of documentary subjects featured in the film.


Shabbat dinner gatherings for these Jewish senior citizens is at the Wendy's Fast Food restaurant where they say prayers and light candles over hamburgers and fries.


Roberta Mahler, Sharon & Michael Goodman, Lou Silberman, Rabbi Isaiah Zeldin, Gerri Gussman, Winston Barrister, Pat Cochrane, Anne Arone, Shirley & Murray Axelrod, Annabel Goldstein Barbara & Kenneth Baron, Helen & Harry Binder, Ernie & Renee Charney, Andrea Goodwin, Hal Grimm, Anne Miller, Judy Moordigian, Lili & Dan Shaps, Brenda Parvim, Annette Wilson, Sandy & Marlene Warner, Felix Zygielman, Rose Sharf, Bea Goldberg


It was broadcast on PBS television on March 18, 2019[7] and POV. [8] Topic Video purchased the film for release in 2019 on their streaming platform. [9]

Critical Response[edit]

Wendy's Shabbat was Featured in the New York Times[10], On The Today Show [11], The Forward [12]

"Their cherished tradition has been documented in an adorable short film. Wendy’s Shabbat is a documentary that follows the crew, nearly all in their eighties and nineties, as they relay the tale of their community’s tradition."[13]




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  2. "Wendy's Shabbat | Tribeca Film Festival". Tribeca. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  3. "Wendy's Shabbat | Palm Springs International Film Festival". www.psfilmfest.org. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  4. "Wendy's Shabbat - Laemmle.com". www.laemmle.com. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  5. "LAJFF - Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel / Wendy's Shabbat - Laemmle.com". www.laemmle.com. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  6. "Tribeca". Tribeca. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  7. "POV: '306 Hollywood' | Press Kit | American Documentary". www.amdoc.org. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  8. "POV Season 31: Season 31 Episodes | Austin PBS". Austin PBS Video. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  9. "Wendy's Shabbat". Topic. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  10. Barnes, Brooks; McDermid, Charles (2018-04-20). "California Today: Shabbat at a Wendy's in Palm Desert". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  11. "Seniors gather to observe the Jewish Sabbath every week – at Wendy's". TODAY.com. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  12. "When Shabbat Dinner Means Bacon Cheeseburgers At Wendy's". The Forward. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  13. Hare, Holly Van (2018-03-20). "Elderly Jewish Friends Eat Shabbat Dinner at Wendy's: Watch the Adorable Video". The Daily Meal. Retrieved 2020-01-12.

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