The Sea as a Sacred Place

Thursday | 29.04.21 | 19:00

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Following the film Kosher Beach

By Karin Kainer

(Israel / United States 2019, 62 min, Hebrew, English and Yiddish, Hebrew & English subtitles)

Docustream by Docaviv in Conjunction with the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

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It’s only a half hour drive from Bnei-Brak, a closed Orthodox city, to Tel Aviv’s shore. But for the women going there it’s light years away. “The Kosher Beach” is a gated and secluded 100 meter-long strip of beach with dedicated days for women and men to bath separately, only a wooden fence separates between the freedom of the gay beach and them.

The “Brave Bunch”, a secret female orthodox sisterhood, arrive to what is a source of quiet sanity for them and they consider it a safe haven away from social and family problems: their own private and free heaven. Here they can be themselves, take a deep ocean breath and open their hearts to the sea, until the day the Rabbi’s try to close the beach. What will the girls do? Will they give in or fight?


Dr. Yochi Fischer, Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem
Dr. Hamutal Tzamir, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Maya Yaakovs, CEO of Zalul
Karin Kainer, creator of the film

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