American Jerusalem is the epic story of the pioneering Jews of San Francisco. Escaping persecution in Europe, they played a central role in transforming San Francisco from sleepy village to thriving metropolis. In the process they reinvented themselves as well—becoming a distinctly new kind of Jew—a San Francisco Jew. Directed by Marc Shaffer and Produced by Camille Servan-Schreiber, American Jerusalem is an AfterImage Public Media/Switchback Films production.
“‘American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco,’ is an illuminating documentary about how Jews were front and center in building the city, both intellectually and physically.”
San Francisco Chronicle
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