Anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff was fascinated by the way culture, religion, and neighborhood work together to make a community. In 1981 she began a film study of Los Angeles's Fairfax district, a rich subculture of Orthodox Jews. While making the film Dr. Myerhoff learned she had cancer. This discovery took the film beyond its original intent. As she faced her own death Myerhoff began to explore her relationship to Orthodox Judaism by participating in traditional rituals. IN HER OWN TIME follows a deeply felt quest for personal meaning as it movingly portrays the dialogue between the secular and the spiritual.