ITHACA, NY— “Hiding in Plain Sight”—a community forum on youth, sexuality and Jewish identity—will take place on Tuesday, April 1, as part of Ithaca College’s 11th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF). Free and open to the public and featuring a screening of the film “Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School,” the event will begin at 7 p.m. in Park Hall Auditorium.
“Hineini” is the inspiring story of Shulamit Izen’s fight to establish a gay-straight alliance at a Jewish high school in the Boston area and its transformative impact on her entire community. Panelists will include Rebecca Lesses, assistant professor of Jewish studies at Ithaca College; local high school and college students; and a representative from Keshet—the organization that produced the film and is dedicated to creating a fully inclusive community for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews. The panel will discuss questions of camouflaging identities, sexual orientations and religion, exploring the challenging terrains teenagers encounter when navigating these issues.
The event is cosponsored by the Ithaca College Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services and the Jewish studies program.
FLEFF 2008 will run Monday–Sunday, March 31–April 6. A complete list of events, along with a day-by-day calendar, is available at www.ithaca.edu/fleff.
Launched in 1997 as an outreach project sponsored by Ithaca College, Cornell University’s Center for the Environment and Eunadi Center for International Studies and others, FLEFF has become a major regional event in upstate New York and enjoys an international reputation as a cutting-edge, multi-arts program.
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