As incidents of antisemitism continue to rise in America, one global arts and culture nonprofit, Reboot, is hoping to combat anti-Jewish hate by reframing Jewish culture, traditions and rituals in unique, modern contexts to foster important cultural conversations around religion, ethnicity and diversity.
Reboot hosted its first event in Detroit Oct. 30 at Third Man Records, which featured an exploration of the Jewish folklore and myth of the Golem, perfect for the Halloween season. The event featured art, music, film, and literature offering different modern and traditional interpretations of the Golem myth, using the myth as a lens through which to look at modern issues of antisemitism and other issues of social justice.
The evening culminated in a panel discussion featuring author Adam Mansbach, talking about his new novel “The Golem of Brooklyn,” and Dr. Justin Sledge, an expert in Jewish esotericism and the occult, addressing the myth’s history and origins. The discussion was moderated by Angelique Power of the Skillman Foundation.
One Detroit’s Chris Jordan spoke to Mansbach, Dr. Sledge, Angelique Power, and Reboot Chief Network Officer Francine Hermelin. They talk about the mission of Reboot, as well as how Mansbach’s book tackles topics of antisemitism and white nationalism and how it helps bring a modern context to a part of Jewish history.
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