The Prayer That Leads

A two year program held at the Jewish retreat center of isabella Freedman in the Conn Berkshires where Jewish Laypeople are trained to be spiritual leaders in their respective communities without formal clergy leadership.

  • William Kahane
  • Raphael Rice
  • Nancy Kahane
  • Rabbi Shawn Zevit
    Key Cast
  • Rabbi Marcia Prager
    Key Cast
  • Raphael Rice
  • Nancy Kahane
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Hebrew
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital mini dv tape
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - William Kahane, Raphael Rice

Will Kahane is married to Nancy and has five children and lives in Ventnor NJ. He graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick with a BA in English Literature, and an MA from Stockton College in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. He attended film and television courses at NYU. He worked in TV production at WDCA TV in Washington. He attended the US Army Motion Picture Television Production School at Ft Monmouth, NJ and served as a Motion Picture TV Officer at the US Army Photo Agency in The Pentagon and also served in Vietnam. He was the campaign cinematographer for the Hubert Humphrey Presidential Primary Campaign against George McGovern and filmed the presidential primary campaign for candidate, Vice President Hubert Humphrey. He was Audio Visual Director of Jack Morton Productions in Washington DC. Producing films and multi-image shows for a variety of clients including the Bnai Brith Women, The National Federation of Republican Women, National Automobile Dealers, etc.. He received the Cine Eagle for his documentary film “Alfredo Halegua Sculptor” and was nominated for an Emmy Award for his cinematography on local news coverage in Wash DC. He has directed and produced the holocaust-related documentaries, “Auschwitz Memories”, “The Seventh House”, and “Lest We Forget” shown at film festivals nationally and internationally. He is currently affected with pancreatic cancer, for which there is no known cure.

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Director Statement

"The Prayer That Leads" examines the "Davenin Leadership Training Institute" following Jewish Renewal practices in the ways of spiritual leader, Rabbi Zalman Shalomi Schechter