Stranger in Zion

Politics, Religion, World Affairs, Middle East, Jewish Highlights, Jewish Film, Israel, Drama, Civil Rights
Ben Grayzel
41 minutes



Taglit Birthright has sent over 700,000 young diaspora Jews to Israel. Stranger in Zion tells the story of one of them, but also tells a much larger story: the rocky relationship forming these days between Israel and diaspora Jewry. Ben, a young secular North American Jew’s pilgrimage to the holy land is in search of identity in the age of cosmopolitanism; he crosses over to meet the other and is exposed first hand to the hardcore settler movement’s effects on the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. A grandson of a Holocaust survivor, Ben is conflicted between his support of Israel and his criticism of its policies; Taglit Birthright has not prepared him for this.
Stranger in Zion is a brave and candid personal essay of a young American student.



Ben Grayzel is a filmmaker living in Squamish BC. Ben attends Quest University and works as a freelance videographer in the summers. Ben is studying documentary filmmaking and using storytelling as a medium to educate and affect change.


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