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Call for Participants in Documentary on Converted Jews

Posted by challahbackgirl on January 18, 2008

You’re a Jew by Choice, a convert, and proud of that fact. You are part of any movement, Reform, Renewal, Reconstructionist, Conservative, Traditional, Transdenominational, or Orthodox and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. You may be queer, straight or anything in between, but you have a solid Jewish identity that cannot be shaken. You are tired of people thinking that all Jews look a certain way, speak a certain language, or have a certain outlook. You want to show the world that the Jewish people are a multicultural and diverse crew.

A Jewish filmmaker wants to find six individuals who embody the Jewish people in all their diversity and wonder. Help him show the world what a Jew by Choice looks like. This film project will be an immense undertaking, but as a Jew by Choice, this filmmaker wants to showcase all the Bay Area Jewish communities diversity. You will be asked a series of ethnographic questions that will delve into your life before, during and after your conversion to Judaism. From this Q&A the final product will be boiled down to about 5 minutes of footage that will be used in the film GER.

From http://www.germovie.blogspot.com: “Ger (Hebrew for “stranger” or “proselyte”) is the examination of those who are converts to Judaism through any of the movements. Converts come from all backgrounds: familial, socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial. Ger takes the viewer on a ride through the lives of those who have gone through the process of conversion and those who have been to the mikveh and back.” If you’re interested, contact Martin Rawlings-Fein at marty@ftmsf.org.

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