"Young, Jewish and Left," Film Screening & Panel Discussion w/ Amirah Mizrahi of Jewish Voice for Peace

Published Jimmy - Fri, 04/08/2011 - 7:44pm


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.

Meet Shira Hassan. After she and her trans-gender partner "were literally laughed out of synagogue,” she created a radical Machzor (prayer book) for the high holidays and organized her own queer-positive celebration.

And follow Micah Bazant as he praises the feminist possibilities within Jewish masculinity.

As these community organizers, playwrights, artists, and rabbis speak of building progressive organizations, new rituals, and more inclusive communities, it is clear that their inspiration is drawn from a proud Jewish past. Inspired by the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the Workmen's Circle, and by their own communist & socialist grandparents, these Jewish radicals are creating a more just future by learning from and identifying with a collective, rich Jewish heritage of reform and rebellion. At a time when religious fundamentalists take power in the US and around the world, this documentary is an inspiration. Grab your Bubbe (grandmother) and your habibi (loved one) and check it out.

The film will be followed by a panel and discussion with local Jewish activists, and visiting activist Amirah Mizrahi.

Amirah "Mirit" Mizrahi is a poet, artist, and community organizer with Jewish Voice for Peace. She was one of 14 young Jewish activists came together in New Orleans in November 2010 with the intention of disrupting the General Assembly of the JFNA (Jewish Federation of North America). They carried out several actions to protest the JFNA's support of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and the silencing of dissent in the mainstream Jewish community around that issue.

The protests culminated in five of the activists interrupting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to the General Assembly. This action garnered international attention, and was covered by a variety of media, such as CNN, the New York Times, Al Jazeera, Ha'aretz, and the Jerusalem Post.

Sat, 04/16/2011 - 7:00pm
Free; $3-5 sliding scale donations appreciated