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Uploaded on Jan 26, 2012
Journalist and author Frances Dinkelspiel is a fifth generation Californian whose ancestors were key to establishing San Francisco as a merchant center supporting the Gold Rush. Rabbi Noa Kushner, who was raised in Massachusetts, is the founding rabbi of The Kitchen, a new San Francisco-based experimental Jewish community. In this segment, Dinkelspiel and Kushner consider the diverse ways that honored traditions and new forms of religious expression contribute to the diverse fabric of the Bay Area's Jewish community. -- 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.