Hineini (Hebrew for ‘Here I am’) chronicles the story of student, Shulamit Izen’s courageous fight to establish a gay-straight alliance at a Jewish high school in the Boston area and the transformative impact of her campaign on everyone involved. Beyond the struggle to create a supportive environment for gay and lesbian students and teachers at the school, this is the story of a community wrestling with the very definition of pluralism and diversity. Using interviews with Izen, her family, teachers and other students—both those who support her campaign and those who oppose it—the film allows the members of this community to tell their own story as it unfolds. What emerges is a potent story of Jewish pluralism and a community navigating the cross-currents of Jewish tradition and social change. Izen is now a student at Brown University.
Co-sponsors of the program include the URI Student Activities Diversity Committee, URI GLBT Center, Multicultural Center, URI Chaplains Association, Women’s Center, Women’s Studies and Raise Your Voice. The Hillel Foundation at URI creates a warm and welcoming environment where Jewish students from all backgrounds can meet each other and explore and celebrate Jewish life. For more information, contact 401-874-2740 or www.urihillel.org