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Doing Jewish: A Story From Ghana

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Catalogue Number:  PR3475
Producer:  Passion River Films
Subject:  Canadian World Studies, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Global Studies, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, Sociology
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  United States
Copyright Year:  2016
Running Time:  85:00


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We're not sure how it got here, but it's here: Judaism. In a remote village in Ghana, called Sefwi Wiawso.

Who would expect to find Jews in Ghana? Not Gabrielle Zilkha, for sure. But when she volunteered to work in Africa and found herself a lone anadian Jew awash a sea of Christians as the Jewish New Year approached, that's exactly what happened.

In remote Sefwi Wiawso, Ghana, she made a stunning connection with a group of people, dedicated and devout, who practiced special rites including circumcision and keeping Kosher dietary laws and had done so for centuries. Only recently had they discovered they were part of a worldwide religion with millions of followers - Judaism.

Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana is the story of the lives of the Sefwis' and their efforts to forge ties with other Jews worldwide. We meet their leader, Alex Armah, who dreams of achieving official status for his tiny congregation. Zilkha explores the meaning of Judaism, consulting experts from New York, Montreal, Toronto, and Miami and delves into the Sefwis' history along the way.

Made over the course of five years, Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana is a tribute to the bond created since that first Jewish holidays. It's a warm and fascinating study of Judaism and belonging. 


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