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 documentary filmmaker based in Vancouver British Columbia. He directs Olam Films, a production studio making documentary-style content for non-profits and ethical businesses. Ben hopes to use the medium of film to affect change in the world to promote human rights and environmental stewardship.