About The Film
Once-thriving Jewish communities in rural and small-town America struggle to maintain their traditions and legacies, in THERE ARE JEWS HERE.
Throughout the United States, approximately one million Jews live outside major urban centers. Focusing on four such vanishing communities, filmmakers Brad Lichtenstein and Morgan Elise Johnson demonstrate the unique challenges facing these far-flung congregations as they struggle to hold on, just barely, to a Jewish way of life. From the Rust Belt and Deep South–in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and Dothan, Alabama–to out West in Laredo, Texas and Butte, Montana, local synagogue leaders must contend with aging and dwindling membership, interfaith marriage, and financial hardships. Their urgent devotion to preservation of faith speaks uniquely to the American spirit, but conversely to a larger sense of demise and displacement occurring in small-town America.
Exploring age-old questions of religious identity and continuity, THERE ARE JEWS HERE is a bittersweet look at a segment of American Jewish life that is rarely examined.