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The Forbidden Conversation

Sunday, April 29th at 10 AM

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“As Israel becomes an increasingly divisive issue among American Jews, conversations about Israel now frequently degenerate into bitter arguments and angry accusations. In his powerful and poignant play “The Forbidden Conversation” Gili Getz addresses this issue head-on, with candor, wit, and passion. Anyone who has argued about Israel, or simply struggled to talk about it, will surely relate to and be moved by Gili’s experience.”
— Professor Dov Waxman - Northeastern University - the author of Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel

“The Forbidden Conversation” is a powerful, poignant, and often humorous play in which actor and photographer Gili Getz presents a deeply personal one-man performance that explores the challenges of having a conversation about Israel in the American Jewish community.  While visiting Israel during the last Gaza war in 2014, Gili experienced difficulty talking about the path Israel is on with his father for the first time in his life. Finding himself in a forbidden conversation with his dad, and worried that it might strain their relationship, Gili embarked on a journey to understand the most complex, sensitive and contentious topic in the Jewish community — Israel. Having come of age politically while serving as a military photographer during the turbulent Oslo accords and the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, Gili turned to photography, hoping it would help him once again make sense of a painful political argument. The result is “The Forbidden Conversation,” developed during the artist fellowship LABA (Laboratory for Jewish culture) at the 14th Street Y, and premiered at the Center For Jewish History in the spring of 2016. The performance is followed by an open discussion about the challenging conversations we have concerning the future of Israel, the American Jewish community and ways to process fundamental differences, emphasizing the importance of understanding rather than convincing, and modeling how we can talk to one another—to family and friends, fellow congregants, and others—even when we have profound disagreements.

Germantown Jewish Centre extends thanks and gratitude to the Stern/Gafni Endowment for Israel Engagement, Tikkun [email protected], and an anonymous donor for making this program possible.  We also thank the Wolfe Family Foundation for their support in all GJC programming.