TORN - Film screening and discussion on Jewish and Christian identities

March 18, 2014 - 18:00 - 20:30
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
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TORN - Film screening and discussion on Jewish and Christian identities

Torn (Israel, 2011, Documentary, 72 min. with English subtitles) Director: Ronit Kertsner

Can one be a Catholic priest and an Observant Jew at the same time? 12 years after he was ordained as a Polish Catholic priest, Romuald Waszkinel discovers that he was born to Jewish parents, and that his name was Jacob Weksler. The film follows his amazing journey: from conducting mass in a church in Poland to life as an observant Jew in a religious kibbutz in Israel. Romuald is torn between two identities, between being Romuald Waszkinel or Jacob Weksler. He is unable to renounce either, and therefore is rejected by both religions and the state of Israel. He is required to choose.

DISCUSSION to be followed on Jewish and Christian identities

What does it mean to be a Jew or/ and a Christian? Can one be both at the same time? What is behind the Jewish revival in Central and Eastern Europe? How does Israel treat people with multiple identities? 

Moderated by Daniel Monterescu (Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, CEU) with participation of Carsten L. Wilke (Department of History, CEU), Avi Snyder (European Director of Jews for Jesus movement) and Ronit Kertsner film director from Israel via skype connection.