Me, Jewish?!

From diary to travelogue: personal texts reveal a lot about a writer’s identity, especially when we read between the lines. After all, what is Jewish identity? Well, there’s more than one way to answer that question. This exhibition of four centuries of personal documents introduces a varied selection of Dutch Jews with all kinds of identities. Is their Jewish identity out there for all to see, or is it private? Does it change over time? And how do we view that from a modern perspective?

Reflections on historical documents
This exhibition features diaries, letters, travelogues and columns. People in today’s world of media, politics and culture share their thoughts about these historical documents in video interviews. What do they like about them? What do they recognise? And what do they say about their own identity? Kefah Allush, Khadija Arib, Gijs Groenteman, Arnon Grunberg, Judith Koelemeijer, Ronit Palache, Nina Polak en Robert Vuijsje respond in a series of videos.

Voices from our own time
These days, opportunities for personal expression are constantly expanding, and no less in the Dutch Jewish world. Alongside traditional historical documents, the show also features modern forms of documentation. Chief Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs writes about social and religious issues in his online diary. Theatre-maker Anouk Dorfmann tells about her decision to lead an Orthodox Jewish life. And journalist Natascha van Weezel adopts an invariably personal perspective when writing about her connection with Israel, antisemitism, and the continuing impact of the Second World War.

And you?!
While we learn almost imperceptibly about the different ways we experience, live and communicate our identity in the show, how do you view your own identity? What aspect has the biggest impact? Add your thoughts on the subject at the end of the exhibition in a collective personal document.

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