[IN-PERSON/VIRTUAL] The New Jew: Docuseries and Conversation

Date: February 14, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Presented in collaboration with the Boulder Jewish Film Festival          
Ever wonder how Israelis perceive American Jews? The New Jew is a four-episode TV documentary series that showcases the cultural and political influence of the American Jewish community, alternative models for living a rich Jewish life, and the rifts in relations between Jewish Americans and Israel.

Read what reviewers have to say about The New Jew:

“This series about “new” Jews will likely enlighten, entertain, annoy and offend viewers in different ways, but it does present a varied and interesting portrait of American-Jewish life.”(The Jerusalem Post)

“The series is a journey through some of the most unexpected places in North America. From the “Backcountry Bayit” in Colorado to Rabbi Angela Buchdahl of Manhattan’s Central Synagogue to Rabbi Jamie Korngold (“the Adventure Rabbi”), the series explores real stories of American Jews who are dismantling old stereotypes of the Diaspora Jew.” (Jweekly)

After watching the series at home on your own schedule, join Israeli Emissary Itai Divinsky for an in-person talkback with Rabbi Jamie Korngold (the “Adventure Rabbi”), Jonathan Kochavi,  Jewish Identity chair for the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, and Zack Sapinsley, founder of the Boulder Moishe House. The speakers will tackle questions such as: In what way do we define our Jewishness differently? What elements of Jewish life should Israel “import” from the US? Questions submitted by attendees will be addressed as well.

To participate in this event:

  1. Watch the four-part docuseries at home any time between February 1st and 14th. (A Vimeo password-protected link will be emailed starting on January 31.)
  2. (Optionally) Join the talkback on February 14th, 7 - 8:30 pm, either in-person at the Boulder JCC or online via Zoom.


Itai Divinsky comes from Ramat HaNegev, Colorado’s sister community in Israel. He previously served as General Community Director for Sheizaf and was a tour guide with The Israel Experience, leading North and South American youth in their first visit to Israel. In 2016, Itai joined a young leadership delegation from Ramat HaNegev, where he learned about American Jewish life. In 2019, Itai and his family moved to Denver where he currently serves the Jewish community as Shaliach (Senior Emissary) for JEWISHcolorado and The Jewish Agency for Israel.

Jonathan Kochavi is the Jewish Identity chair for the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. Born in Palo Alto, California, Jonathan has spent most of my life in the Denver Metro Area, where he attended Denver Jewish Day School for both middle school and high school. He currently attends the University of Colorado, Boulder majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. 

Rabbi Korngold is an ordained Reform Rabbi and the founder of Adventure Judaism. She is nationally recognized for her innovative work combining religion and nature. Rabbi Jamie Korngold, known as the Adventure Rabbi, is the author of 11 books including God in the Wilderness (Doubleday 2008), The God Upgrade: Finding Your 21st-Century Spirituality in Judaism’s 5,000-Year-Old Tradition (Jewish Lights, April 2011), which was named one of the ten best religions books of the year by Publisher’s Weekly, and the Sadie series (Kar-Ben), a PJ Library staple. A favorite of the media, she has been featured by Good Morning America, USA Today, CBS, CNN, NPR, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Ski as well as many other outlets including being featured in the Israeli series The New Jew.

Zack Sapinsley, a Chicago native, flocked to Colorado after discovering its magic during college. Having founded the Boulder Moishe House in 2015 and lived in the Backcountry Bayit for 4 Winters, Zack is able to engage with his passion for Jewish community building. He loves bringing people together to create immersive experiences that take people beyond surface-level discussion and interactions. 

Monday, February 14 | 7 pm |$24 for your entire household to view the docuseries and join us for the talkback either in person or live stream.

The in-person option for this program requires all individuals to show either proof of being fully vaccinated* or a negative COVID-19 test** upon arrival at the Boulder JCC. 

This event will be held in person at the Boulder JCC following all of our Health & Safety Protocols. As of November 1, 2021, we are implementing a Vaccination Policy for program participants that varies by program location/attendance. Please familiarize yourself with these protocols prior to the event. As always, all Health & Safety protocols are subject to change.