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A Year of Joyful Praying with Lior

200 venues, 60 articles, 42 states, 7 awards, countless surprises and SO MUCH MORE TO COME - with your help!

Praying with Lior

Watch The Trailer

Read Ilana's Op-Ed in the Jewish Week


LIOR on a screen near YOU
In Jan and Feb, catch the movie in Tucson, Roslyn, Rockville, Vegas, Tulsa, Jackson, Virginia Beach, Austin, Savannah, Briarcliff Manor, Sacramento, Ft. Lauderdale, Louisville, Auckland and Minnetonka.

We're especially excited for the Feb 2009 Special Olympics Winter Games, in Boise Idaho.

Find out more...

Study Guide
We still need funds for a comprehensive study guide. Managed by Peg Kolm of the DC Archdiocese's Office for the Ministry of Persons with Special Needs, there will be sections by Christian, Jewish, and Muslim clergy. It'll be free through the website.

We've been collecting lots of stories of special Bnai Mitzvah, and we found the ideal partner, Howard Blas, to co-write.

Home DVD
The home video comes out on March 24th... and we'll take pre-orders soon.

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We hope you'll take great pride in enabling this wonderful journey. It's been an unbelievable year, and next year promises so much already. Thank you for "being at" Lior's Bar Mitzvah, and supporting other people with special needs, in all communities.

We've been told, "everyone should see this movie" -- we hope they will. You can book a screening by

And if you can, please consider giving as generously as possible.

A $36 donation really helps...

Dear friends of LIOR: THANK YOU - for telling friends and opening hearts to the message of Praying with Lior. Look what you made possible!

The Forward 50
Filmmaker Ilana Trachtman was named to the newspaper's list of 50 most influential American Jews.


American Documentary Showcase
The State Dept chose PWL to screen at embassies around the world as an "ambassador" of American culture and filmmaking.

The Lior Effect
Countless emails, calls, and letters sharing the movie's impact: inclusion committees, adaptations of life cycle rituals, and hope for people with disabilities and their families.

And there's lots more to do.

How You Can Help
The organizing, promoting, producing, and speaking requires a dedicated office staff. Please help us keep doing this work, by making a tax deductible year-end contribution of $36 or more.

Donate Online by clicking here...

Or mail a check to: THE HARTLEY FILM FOUNDATION, 49 Richmondville Ave, Suite 204, Westport, CT 06880.

When donating online or by check, please indicate the donation is for Praying with Lior.

Thank you!

More News
The Liebling-Isers: Mordechai, Lynne, Lior, and Anna spent the summer volunteering in India. Lior is now a junior in high school, and on the honor roll.

Lior and Anna in India
Summer 2008

Educational DVD
The educational version of the DVD is here! We added new bonus features such as pieces about inclusion across faith communities, advice for siblings of a special needs child, captions, audio description, optional Spanish subtitles, and follow-up interviews with the family 4 years later. Ask your organization to order.

Our fall screenings in Israel were fantastic! We were on the Israeli news, packed theaters in Haifa, Jerusalem, Ra'anana and Tel Aviv, and were able to spotlight wonderful Israeli programs for people with disabilities.

Read more about it on the blog...

PWL on Film
With your help, we made it to film! The beautiful 35mm print enables us to present in more international venues, including theaters in South Africa (stay tuned).