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1m Jews live out yonder in once thriving American Jewish communities that are now barely hold 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.
The congregants in Butte, Dothan, Laredo, and Latrobe all practice Judaism far from the main centers of American Jewish life. They are dedicated not only to keeping Judaism alive for the present generations but to pass it on to future ones. After watching There Are Jews Here, you’ll want to salute all of them.
'Congratulations are due to the film makers who sharpen our understanding of the sacrifices our brothers and sisters in small, Jewishly-isolated towns across America make to keep the faith.' San Diego Jewish World
1m Jews live out yonder in once thriving American Jewish communities.
Here is a celebration of their tenacity and a warning that their histories, synagogues, cemeteries, and sacred possessions (i.e. Torahs, prayer books, memorial plaques, etc.) could vanish without a trace.