William Wolff is in his late 80's and is probably the most unconventional rabbi in the world.
The small gentleman was born in Berlin, carries a British passport and lives in a countryside bungalow south of London. His regular commute takes him midweek from Heathrow to Hamburg, from where he boards a train and travels to his Jewish communities in Schwerin and Rostock. After the Saturday service it’s back home to London for the rabbi, unless of course he’s visiting relatives in Jerusalem, at a fasting retreat in Bad Pyrmont or at the races in Ascot. After all: life should be fun, says Willy Wolff.
With his free-spirited flair and heartwarming laugh, the State Rabbi from Mecklenburg- Vorpommern wins audiences' hearts. Wauer’s new film portrays the turbulent daily life of Willy Wolff and unwraps the folds of his eventful past, from fleeing Nazi Germany with his family as a child, to leaving behind his London based career as a political correspondent to become a most respected, multilingual rabbi.