This program is presented by the SFSU Department of Jewish Studies as part of the Fall 2020 Lectures in Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library. Click here to register (a free Zoom account is required).

For decades, Israeli cinema has told and shown the Jewish national story in Israel from a distinct secular point of view. In the current century, Israeli cinema (and Israeli visual culture more broadly) has shown greater interest in Jewish religious themes and characters. This lecture will explore the growing interest in religious themes in Israeli cinema and the broader social and historical forces behind it.

Eran Kaplan is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor in Israel Studies at SFSU. He is the author, most recently, of Projecting the Nation: Ideology and History on the Israeli Screen.