Young, Jewish and Left

Where have you been all my life!? (Or the past two years, anyway?)

Young, Jewish and Left: A Documentary by Irit Reimheimer and Konnie Chaimedes

A celebration of diversity, Young Jewish and Left weaves queer culture, Jewish Arab history, secular Yiddishkeit, anti-racist analysis, and religious/spiritual traditions into a multi-layered tapestry of Leftist politics. Personal experiences from many of today’s leading Jewish activists reframe the possibilities of Jewish identity. It presents a fresh and constructive take on race, spirituality, Zionism, queerness, resistance, justice, and liberation.

Watch the trailer (on dial_up)

An excerpt from the film’s study of antisemitism on the Left:

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3 Responses

  1. I’m definitely interested in the parts about anti-Semitism – there seems to be this incredulity that Jews would have to be divorced from their own identity to be accepted into leftist politics, at least from what I’ve encountered.

  2. Yeah, definitely.

  3. the torah allows for jews to agree with the left more than does any other religion. for example it states that a man cannot lay with another ( i personaly object to this but…) however, NO WHERE DOES IT SAY THEY CANT GET MARRIED. ive gotten alot of heat at bible study groups that were not jewish when i brought this up, largely because christians view the torah differently. i mean, they do have another name for it- the bible. they ask me why i support gay marriage when i am not myself gay, when it goes against g-d. i tell them that according to the torah- g-d wants up to challenge. take the story of abraham almost sacraficing isaac. this was the only time that abraham did not argue with g-d, the only time he just did what g-d told him, and the reward- he almost kills his son, and g-d never again speaks to him. he even sends an angle to do his bidding. talk about lack of interest. its like in a class, when you disagree with a text, and state why, you show you’ve read it. the same goes for the torah, except we’ve got the ultimate teacher.

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