Jewish Film Festivals
Jewish film festivals are wildly popular--and for some moviegoers, are a major expression of their Judaism.
Richard Siegel, executive director of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, asks, "Are we experiencing a different way of being Jewish in America?" Being Jewish, he says, may mean a more selective, "pay-per-view" Judaism, in which people may go to services once a year, may read novels by Jewish writers and may go to Jewish films festivals.
"From the point of view of the Jewish community, it's a revolutionary idea," says Plotkin. "You can be Jewish without belonging to a synagogue and without being married to someone Jewish."
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