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Their Eyes Were Watching God


Aperture Priorities Contact Sheet #13

I grew up in a secular household. For my parents, Judaism was a culture, not a faith. They got their religion through Zionism to the degree that they understood it.

Preaching to Muslims. Porta Palazzo, Torino.

They were typical first-generation Israelis, archetypal 48ers, as their generation was called.

My father’s family hadn’t been Haredi in over two generations, and my stepmother was a Mizrahi Tel Avivi who got to do her IDF service at the Israeli embassy in Paris – and stayed.

Attending high school in the United States in the mid-1980s gave me a serious case of culture shock. I went to Quaker and Anglican schools, where Protestantism was front and centre.

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Photograph courtesy of Joel Schalit. All rights reserved.