An American Story of Faith, Gender and Identity
Through the voices and stories of Orthodox Jewish women, Kol Hanashim explores how religious and cultural minorities balance maintaining their heritage and integrating into American society.
In this time in our nation's history where the question of who is an American figures prominently in the national dialogue, we ask what happens when your community's value system differs from "mainstream" American culture. What happens if your family believes in covering your hair, waiting to date until marriage age or traditional male/female gender roles?
Do you wear long skirts? A headscarf? Wait to be set up by a matchmaker? Take on a homemaking role? Do you maintain your traditional value system, embrace "mainstream" American values? Or try to live in both worlds?
This story is examined from only female perspectives, with a deep exploration of how this unfolds within the Orthodox Jewish community across the United States, including New York, Baltimore, Washington D.C, Miami and Oakland.