2022 Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema

The New Jew & Q&A with Guri Alfi and Moshe Samuels

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Ever wonder how Israelis perceive American Jews? The New Jew is a four-part mini-series produced for the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Israel and hosted by one of Israel’s most popular comedians and TV personalities, Guri Alfi. In the summer of 2018, Guri and his family moved to the United States. Like many Israelis abroad, he found himself experiencing an identity crisis, questioning what his Jewishness looks like outside of the Jewish State. The series follows Guri as he embarks on a journey across North America, exposing viewers to some of the most vibrant and creative expressions of Judaism that are pluralistic, multi-cultural, and packed with promise. In meeting with female rabbis, observing the Sabbath in the most unlikely places, and hearing the perspectives of recent converts and young Jews of color, Guri introduces Israelis to what he calls the “New Jew.” Fast-paced, hilarious, and deeply insightful, The New Jew is a spirited, and ultimately hopeful, journey through modern American Jewry.

With English Subtitles


  • Year
  • Runtime
    4 x 45 min
  • Language
    English, Hebrew
  • Director
    Daniel Adar