A New Multimedia Series
Bridging the Israel-Diaspora Divide
About the Series
The awareness and identification of individual Jews to the collective Jewish people has always been central to what it means to be a Jew. Whether through historical memories, values, culture or language. This mutual sense of caring and peoplehood endured ideological disputes that span from Tamudic times through the ages.
When the State of Israel was established in 1948, an entirely new dimension was added to the ethos of Jewish peoplehood. The emergence of a new generation of Jews, sovereigns in their own nation, propelled the Jewish world into uncharted territory. Recent events have indicated that the connection between the two largest centers of world Jewry, Israel and the United States, is deteriorating, chipping away at the foundation of this peoplehood.
A survey by the AJC1 found that American and Israeli Jews know little about one another nor attribute great importance to connecting as integral to their Jewish identity. Among the Americans surveyed, 40% replied connecting to Israel was not too important or not at all important to their Jewish identity. And 62% of the Israelis surveyed did not agree with the statement that they have a lot in common with American Jews.
The groundbreaking Jewish Peoplehood series will explore what happened, and is happening, behind the numbers. First, by considering different interpretations of what Jewish peoplehood means, by exploring what united Jews for so long in the past, the series will enable honest examination of how the events of the last 30 years fueled this divide.
The Jewish Peoplehood series has an ambitious goal: to offer solutions that will reunite the global Jewish community. By demonstrating why Jewish peoplehood is critical to a Jewish future, the series will expose what’s at stake for world Jewry if we don’t invest in the Israel-Diaspora relationship today.
The series of four YouTube videos will be accompanied by articles, social media and educational curricula, embodying our ‘surround sound’ approach so audiences engage with the Jewish Peoplehood content on the platforms and media that best work for them.
“A first step to healing the breach, the two communities must acknowledge and discuss their profoundly different purposes and moral commitments. Only then can they forge a path forward, together.”
From the introduction to We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel, Dr. Daniel Gordis, 2019
A Z3 Project - OpenDor Media Partnership
The series will be co-produced in partnership with the Z3 Project, a leading voice reimagining Diaspora-Israel relations. The Z3 Project will distribute the series to maximize reach and impact. OpenDor Media collaborated with the Z3 Project to create the Big Jewish Ideas video series in 2020/2021, with over 119,430 views to date, and which continues to impact the global Jewish community.
About the Z3 Project
The Z3 Project is an initiative of the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, CA dedicated to promoting a stronger relationship between Diaspora Jewry and Israel. The Z3 Project offers a wide variety of programs to communities across the U.S. by facilitating speakers, seminars, and community workshops. The annual Z3 Experience brings together leading voices from across the political spectrum for an annual debate and conversation on creating a new model of Jewish engagement in the 21st century.
Reaching Today’s Generation
Videos will be available to audiences globally
Unpacked for Educators
100,000+ annual site visits
Unpacked Social Media
500,000+ annual engagements
Top 50 Jewish website
Within 12 months we aim to reach the following goals:
Estimated Project Budget
Senior Video Producer $14,000
Head of Content/Education $14,000
Multi-channel Digital Content Creator $4,800
Creative Director and Graphic Designer $6,000
(Brainstorming and Scripting)
Director of Operations $4,000
Production Manager $8,000
Production Expenses $14,000
(Voice Over Artist, Sound Studio)
(Animation, Purchasing Images)
Contingency - 5% $3,684
Total Production $126,484
Marketing & Distribution
Total Project Budget       $167,684
Platinum level $100,000
Executive Producer credit on all of the videos in the series, as well as on the Unpacked for Educators website
Gold Level $50,000
Co-Executive Producer credit on all of the videos in the series, as well as on the Unpacked for Educators website
Silver Level $25,000
Silver Level credit on all of the videos in the series, as well as on the Unpacked for Educators website
Bronze Level $10,000
Bronze Level credit on all of the videos in the series, as well as on the Unpacked for Educators website
Partner Level $5,000
Partner level credit on the Unpacked for Educators website
Support this critical series today
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