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2019 Annual Assessment

The picture painted here is one of creative abundance and cultural, thematic, and stylistic diversity. Israeli culture blurs boundaries between the social center and periphery and highlights the voices of minority groups. In the United States, engagement with Jewish issues persists, and successful TV series concerned with Jewish topics are also addressing such contemporary issues as feminism and blurring boundaries of gender and sexual identity. Encounter between creative people on both sides of the Atlantic are a mix of closeness, intimacy, and fear. Creative people feel inspired to depict the alternative Jewish space and in so doing reveal the mutual attraction between the world’s two largest Jewish communities – even in an era when narratives of distance are being emphasized.