Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People, by Ben M. Freeman, an internationally renowned educator, is inspired by his experiences with LGBTQ+ pride. In it, Ben 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. Ultimately, enabling them to begin the process of defining their own identities as proud Jews through Jewish experience, Jewish history and Jewish tradition.
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
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