More of the burgeoning conversation among young Jews. Ali Kriegsman and Jana Kozlowski seek funding for a documentary about the Jewish Day Schools’ failure to educate young Jews about Israel. “Before coming to Penn, I never even heard the word occupation mentioned,” says one student. The students are shocked and embarrassed to enter a critical environment where others are better informed, they say. Ian Lustick, professor at Penn, is the eminence grise of the show and says that Jews have a great responsibility, by heritage and for realistic survival reasons, to learn as much as they can about the actual relations of Jews and Arabs in the Middle East.
The documentary appears to have a We-still-love-Israel theme. From the Indiegogo campaign, which has raised $385 or so so far:
On a larger scale, we hope this documentary motivates Jewish communities around the country – synagogues, camps, schools, programs – to stray from a whitewashed Israel narrative and instead engage alternative perspectives and current day complexities, criticisms, and accomplishments. We believe you can love Israel with a critical eye, and we hope this piece exemplifies that breed of love – as well as the hypothesis that Israel can be *taught* with this type of love in mind.
Thanks to Annie Robbins.