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Directed by: Rachel Leah Jones
72 Minutes, 2007

Ashkenazim-Jews of European origin-are Israel’s “white folks.” Like most white folks in a multicultural society, they don’t think of themselves in racial or ethnic terms because by now, “aren’t we all Israeli?” Yiddish has been replaced with Hebrew, religion with secularism, tradition with modernity, exile with sovereignty, landlessness with occupation, the shtetl with the settlement, irony with cynicism, and pale girls with dark curls by bleached blonds with a tan. But the paradox of whiteness in Israel is that Ashkenazim aren’t exactly “white folks” historically. A story that begins in the Rhineland and ends in the holy land (or is it the other way around?), Ashkenaz looks at whiteness in Israel and wonders: How did the “Others” of Europe become the “Europe” of the others?


Director: Rachel Leah Jones

Producer: Osnat Trabelsi

Cinematographer: Philippe Bellaiche

Editor: Eyal Sivan, Morris Ben Mayor

Original music: Habiluim, Oy Division