Featured Artists: Janet Shafner, Adi Nes, Amy Sunners, and D. Jeanette Nichols
When I am called to the Torah, I am called as Sarah bat Avraham v’Sarah. While my birth name signals the Sephardic roots of my father, Carlos Luria, announcing my Hebrew name before the congregation outs me: I am a convert.
Edgar M Bronfman & Beth Zasloff
Whether people choose to make a commitment to Judaism has a lot to do with the quality of the welcome they receive…It’s not enough to say, “Come in and sit”; we must say, “Come in and sit with me.”
The last two years have been a trying time for converts to Judaism in both the United States and Israel. With very little warning, the status of individuals who make the highly personal and private decision to convert to Judaism has become the lynchpin in a massive shift in Israeli rabbinic authority and, through a new kind of religious imperialism, a robust assertion of power over both Israeli policy and the American rabbinate.
Began this film project by talking to people who had decided to become Jews. Sharing their journeys gives us a new appreciation of what the newest Jews bring to the Jewish people.
As part of my work, I regularly introduce Jewish high school students to homeless people on the streets of Washington, DC.
How does our understanding of Judaism — as a people, an ethnicity, a religion — impact the process of conversion? Can Judaism be more solicitous of the hyphenated identity of Jews-by- Choice? Is the “doorway into Judaism” a welcoming experience? How so, or if not, why not?