Becoming Home: On the Frontier (Story 9)





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Uploaded on Feb 1, 2012

Rabbi Moshe Trager, a certified mohel based in the South Bay, and Rabbi Melanie Aron, rabbi of Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos, are reflective of Jewish leaders who traded careers on the east coast for a much different religious life on the west coast. These rabbis have both discovered that Jewish life and participation is much more open for interpretation and expression in the Bay Area. In this segment, Trager and Aron consider life on "the frontier" as they seek to engage people from diverse Jewish backgrounds and communities.
The decision to live in the Bay Area is personal and encompasses a wide range of experiences and motivations—some have moved here because of love, others to attend university, to seek a new job, to escape persecution, to establish new rituals, or just to dream a little.

In this documentary commissioned for the exhibition "California Dreaming: Jewish Life in the Bay Area from the Gold Rush to the Present", filmmaker Pam Rorke Levy interviewed a wide range of individuals who call the Bay Area home and identify in some way with being Jewish.

Learn more about "California Dreaming": http://thecjm.me/CAdreamExhibit

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