Attending this event

Anne Joseph

Anne Joseph is a freelance journalist. She is a regular contributor to the Times of Israel and the Forward. Her work has also appeared in The Jewish Chronicle, The Jerusalem Post, as well as The Times Educational Supplement Magazine and The Guardian.

She has a special interest in Israeli cinema and has an MA in World Cinema from Birkbeck, University of London.

Rabbi David Mitchell

Rabbi David Mitchell is part of the rabbinic team at the West London Synagogue of British Jews.  Ordained in 2009 at Leo Baeck College, where he is on the faculty, Rabbi David is passionate about Jewish education, LGBT activism and teaching Biblical narrative through a contemporary lens.  He is currently researching for a PhD in Bible and Gender at Durham University, and holds Masters degrees in Jewish Studies, Jewish Education and an MA Oxon.  He is a patron of Save the Congo and a brand ambassador for Ted Baker.

Rabbi Roni Tabick

Rabbi Roni Tabickis a recent graduate from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He is the rabbi of the New Stoke Newington Shul and assistant rabbi at New North London Synagogue. With a Masters in Ancient Judaism, his main interests are in Jewish mythology and mysticism. Rabbi Tabick will take part in a discussion after the screening of Sacred Sperm.

Films screening at this event

Sacred Sperm

Ori Gruder
74 min

Sensitive and deeply complex, Sacred Sperm explores one of the most suppressed and hidden issues of the Orthodox Jewish Community: the sin of ‘wasting sperm’. Opening a rare window onto the taboos of sex and masturbation, director Ori Gruder sets out to understand the prohibition of male self-pleasure. Is it possible to honour this Mitzvah (commandment) in today’s society? Gruder, himself an Orthodox Jew, takes us on a personal journey of moral and parental duty as he struggles to clarify the sacred covenant to his young son.

Daily Mail article “An intimate, informative and at times awkward look at the insular religious community and its approach to sexuality.

The Guardian article “The most important issue of the film and human beings: how we cope with something that does not go according to the laws we were taught.”

The Jewish Chronicle article “A rarity — a film made about a normally-taboo subject in the community, by a member of the community and with the blessing of a rabbi.”

Variety article “An 80-minute docu that became a sensation in Israel.”


Nominated: Best Short Documentary – Ophir Awards