A film by Sandi DuBowski

SABBATH QUEEN, a feature documentary filmed over 20 years, follows Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie’s epic journey as the dynastic heir of 39 generations of Orthodox rabbis including the Chief Rabbis of Israel. He is torn between rejecting and embracing his destiny and becomes a drag-queen rebel, a queer father, and the founder of Lab/Shul – an everybody-friendly, God-optional, artist-driven, pop-up experimental congregation ( SABBATH QUEEN joins Amichai on a lifelong quest to creatively and radically reinvent religion and ritual, champion interfaith love and challenge patriarchy and right-wing orthodoxies. The film interrogates what Jewish survival means in a difficult rapidly changing 21st century.


After 20 years of filming, DuBowski is in post-production and raising funds to complete the film. All donations are tax-deductible.

Funding provided by The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program as well as The Sundance Institute Catalyst Program and Talent Forum, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Catapult Film Fund, The Hartley Film Foundation, The Lynn & Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Films, The Dorot Foundation, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Reboot, Jeff Schoenfeld, Carla Solomon, Barbara Dobkin Foundation, Daryl and Steven Roth Foundation, The Jeannie Blaustein and Peter Bokor Fund of The Jewish Communal Fund, Bertha Foundation, Influence Film Foundation, Genuine Article Pictures, and an intergenerational team of Executive Producers from their 20’s through their 70’s from Broadway, film, advocacy, government, and philanthropy, including Jeffrey Solomon and Audrey Weiner, Adrian Salpeter, Jen Chaiken, Ben Lowy, Jess Jacobs and Audrey Rosenberg, Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin, S. Asher Gelman, and Matt Nosanchuk.


How To Donate

All donations for the production and distribution of SABBATH QUEEN are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

If you would like to make a donation online, please click here:

For More Information

For more information, you can contact Laura Healy, Program Administrator at Auburn at:

Phone: 212-870-3155 or 212-662-4315
E-mail: [email protected]

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