Reclaiming Our Story: The Pursuit Of Jewish Pride
Jewish Pride: Rebuilding A People


Ben’s Writing

All of Israel are responsible
for one another

Jewish News Syndicate, April 19, 2023

As LGBTQ+ Pride Month Comes to a Close, Israel Remains a Shining Example

Jewish Journal, June 22, 2022

Jew-hate racialises Jews

The Jewish Chronicle, December 14, 2021

The future is pride

Jewish News, February 21, 2021

Israeli Pinkwashing? Gurl bye.

Harry's Place, May 27, 2019

Freeman: First of many lessons about the Holocaust is to recognize and confront Jew-hate

Calgary Herald, May 27, 2019

Jeremy Corbyn and an Exodus from Britain

Harry's Place, December 15, 2018

It’s All Just a Little Bit of History Repeating

Medium, May 20, 2021

The Jews and the Boggart

Medium, April 28, 2021

Moses Was a Jew: Erasive Anti-Jewish Racism and The Greatest Jewish Hero

Medium, March 30, 2021

The Case For Anti-Jewish Racism

Medium, March 21, 2021

Erasive Antisemitism — Naming a Subcategory of Antisemitism

Medium, Sep 20, 2020

The Cloud of Antisemitism

Medium, October 3, 2019

Antizionism: A Pattern Repeated

Medium, June 19, 2019

Stalked by A Corbynista: From Online to Offline Antisemitism

Medium, June 13, 2019

Are you gay, Mr Freeman?

Medium, June 5, 2019

Articles about Ben

Jew hatred exists in the Black American community. Deal with it.

South African Jewish Report, December 8, 2022

Meet the activist who wants Jews to be proud

The Jewish Chronicle, October 27, 2022

The King of Jewish Pride

Blacklisted by Eve Barlow, October 24, 2022

Ben M. Freeman Wants Jews To Be Proud of Their Heritage

Jewish Boston, June 7, 2022

A Conversation With Author, Educator Ben M. Freeman

Alberta Jewish News, January 27, 2022

Ben M. Freeman: Jewish lessons from LGBTQ+ Pride

A Wider Fram, February 18, 2021

Ben M. Freeman: Where is our pride?

The Jewish Chronicle, February 15, 2021

A Free Man Instilling Pride in Jews

Jewish Journal, April 14, 2023

Ben M. Freeman says it’s time for
Jews to reclaim our story

Jewish News, October 27, 2022

Blow your shofar at antisemites, but be strategic

South African Jewish Report, September 22, 2022

Ben M. Freeman and his fight for Jewish pride

Jewish Journal, March 4, 2022

Jews Should Be Inspired by Gay Pride

South African Jewish Report, February 18, 2021

Why I Want a Giant Lawn Menorah

Chosen by Choice by Nellie Bowles, February 11, 2021

Introducing the contemporary conversation on internalised Jew-hate, Reclaiming our Story: The Pursuit of Jewish Pride is the second instalment of world-renowned educator Ben M. Freeman's seminal manifesto of the modern Jewish Pride movement that has revolutionised the Jewish world.

In this groundbreaking work, Freeman takes his readers – both Jewish and non-Jewish – on a powerful learning journey that explores the impact of Jew-hate on Jews and the long history of internalised anti-Jewishness.

Most importantly, Freeman will educate, inspire and empower his Jewish readers to look inside themselves – with empathy and without shame – to identify their own experiences with internalised anti-Jewishness so they can reclaim their Jewish stories, ultimately moving from prejudice to pride.

“Inspirational, poignant and fascinating, a personal journey that is both a celebration of Judaism and a warning against bigotry.”

Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem: The Biography

“Reclaiming Our Story: The Pursuit of Jewish Pride is an exploration of the Jewish people's collective consciousness. The book is complemented by a rich historical body and cultivated via Freeman's personal perspective as he guides the reader through one of the most critical and crucial modern conversations for this generation of Jews. The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of seeing things - that you previously felt was unique and personal to you. And then it's there, perfectly laid out by someone else. It's as if the writer's hand has reached out from the pages and taken yours, as if to assure you that everything will be fine. The way Freeman interacts with the reader in dealing with a widely misunderstood and frequently overlooked problem like internalized antisemitism reflects an empathic message. He is not just lecturing, educating, or attempting to enlighten you. He represents you.”

Samuel Hyde, Israeli writer and Middle-East researcher at the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance

“Ben M. Freeman’s Reclaiming Our Story is a tale told by a Jew who eloquently shares with his readers a profound sense of the depth and the beauty of the Jewish tradition.  But it runs even deeper than that.  Ben courageously opens up to his readers the source of their humanity and the importance of the cry of “Here I am for you” that defines all of us as human beings.  His insights into the importance of unapologetically affirming who we are as Jews and as human beings are much needed in this time of hatred.  Spoken from the witness stand, Ben’s testimony arises not only from within but from beyond the accidents of sexual identity and speaks to all of us who feel the fear of being who we are. He deftly demonstrates that to be who we are lies not in allowing others to define us but in having the courage to define ourselves within the sacred tradition that is ours.”

Dr. David Patterson, Hillel A. Feinberg Distinguished Chair in Holocaust Studies, University of Texas at Dallas 

“Reclaiming Our Story is a bracing reminder that it is not enough to fight antisemitism for its own sake. Rather, we do it to create the space for a positive Jewish identity, shaped by our own hand rather than that of our enemies. This stimulating book is an important contribution to that effort.”

Dr. Dave Rich, Head of Policy at the Community Security Trust

“Ben M. Freeman brings clarity and precision to a debate that is too often conducted with buzzwords and insinuations. This book is an essential guide to understanding internalized anti-Jewishness and breaking free from its constraints. We must not let a hostile world determine our identity or our fate; let us heed Ben's call to reclaim our story.”

Seth Mandel, Execute Editor of the Washington Examiner Magazine

“With his important new book “Reclaiming Our Story” Ben M. Freeman continues his journey towards Jewish Pride by addressing the difficult issue of internalized Jews hatred. With compassion and historical analysis Freeman highlights the enormity of the barrier erected to Jewish pride by the massive external pressures placed on Jews. But true to his project of hope over despair, Freeman goes on to instil hope and courage in his readers by sharing the inspiring stories of young Jews who too have gone on to take pride in their Jewish identities.”

Einat Wilf, author of We Should All Be Zionists

“In “Reclaiming Our Story,” Ben M. Freeman takes one of the most pernicious phenomena of Jewish life head-on: The self-hating Jew and his more subtle cousin, the self-effacing Jew. Armed with examples from Jewish history, the tools of contemporary activism and more, Freeman’ book is a rousing call to action for anyone who wants a to see a proud Jewish people.”

Lahav Harkov, Senior Contributing Editor, The Jerusalem Post 

“Freeman fearlessly examines an aspect of Jewishness that many have skipped over: the relationship between the Jewish ‘personal’ and the antisemitic ‘political’. He relates people's stories with clarity and empathy and, based on his case studies, he does important and challenging thinking about the nature of Jewish identity and antisemitism in our day.”

David Hirsh, author of Contemporary Left Antisemitism

“Ben M. Freeman’s “Reclaiming Our Story: The Pursuit of Jewish Pride” is a timely and impactful contribution in the struggle against contemporary global antisemitism. Freeman provides an innovative approach in recognising the impact of antisemitism, not only on Jewish communities, but on individuals, with a call to Pride.   Unlike many books on the subject matter, Freeman provides a mechanism for the reader to acknowledge how antisemitism, especially in liberal spaces such as in academia and public discourse, impacts internally with a sense of shame and social alienation, given the current hostile climate for many Jews in Europe and the Americas.

Grounded in intellectual thought, politics and individuals confronting antisemitism, this book is a must read for scholars, experts in the field, policymakers, students and anyone that grapples with the reemergence of antisemitism.  Freeman’s work is both insightful and empowering. “

Charles Asher Small, Director the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy

Ben M. Freeman | Reclaiming Our Story

Despite what the non-Jewish world tells us, we have a choice. We can reject who we are or we can reject the non-Jewish world’s idea of who we are.

In Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People, Ben M. Freeman, inspired by his experiences with LGBTQ+ pride, aims to educate, inspire and empower Jewish people to reject the shame of antisemitism imposed on Jews by the non-Jewish world as well as non-Jewish perceptions of what it means to be a Jew. Enabling them to begin the process of defining their own identities as proud Jews through Jewish experience, Jewish history and Jewish values. Jewish Pride is an urgent and essential read.

With “Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People”, Ben M Freeman transposes his powerful voice as an educator to the page in a manner that is urgent for this current moment experienced by the global Jewish community. Freeman's passion and purpose never compromises the clarity of his explanations, the detail of his findings nor the fairness of his historical assessments. His clarion call for a pride movement among a new generation of Jews inspired by his experiences as a gay man is magnificent, heart-rendering and supremely motivating. Freeman's piece de resistance is the key of knowledge he provides to Jews worldwide, opening doors that have long been shut, empowering those who feel deeply that their identity needs a voice despite feeling too tongue-tied to open their mouths. No more. Freeman's words can be spoken by all who need them. If that is not a protest for thousands of more years of Jewish survival, I don't know what is.

Eve Barlow, Music and Pop culture journalist

Just as ‘Black is Beautiful’ and LBGTQ+ liberation begins with pride, in this important book Ben Freeman advocates for Jews themselves to seize back the right, and find the confidence, to define their own identities. As Freeman says, antisemitism disempowers and hurts Jews by constructing their identities from the outside and without consent. What is new and fascinating in this book is Freeman’s focus on Jewish responses to those external and hostile constructions of Jewish identity: self-empowering and life-affirming ways of loving being Jewish.

David Hirsh, the author of Contemporary Left Antisemitism

Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People

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About Ben

Born in Scotland, Ben is a gay Jewish author, Diversity Equity and Inclusion specialist and internationally renowned educator focussing on Jewish identity, combating antisemitism and raising awareness of the Holocaust. His first book, Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People, was released in February 2021.

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