There Are Jews Here is the story of America’s disappearing Jewish communities. The film follows the untold stories of four once thriving American Jewish communities (Laredo, Texas, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Dothan, Alabama and Butte, Montana) that are now barely holding on.
Most American Jews live in large cities where they are free to define themselves in any way they wish. But almost invisible to most of the country are roughly one million Jews scattered across far-flung communities. For them, Jewish identity is a daily urgent challenge; if they don’t personally uphold their communities and live affirmative Jewish lives, they and their legacies could fade away forever. There Are Jews Here is both a celebration of their tenacity and a cautionary tale: a warning that their histories, synagogues, cemeteries, and sacred possessions (i.e. Torahs, prayer books, memorial plaques, etc.) could vanish without a trace. Ultimately, There are Jews Here weaves these stories into a deep exploration of the age-old question of Jewish/religious identity, the value of Jewish continuity, and the relevance of faith and community in the 21st century.
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