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Prithee, art thou a Jew?

Renaissance Faire diversity push brings in Jewish characters

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/community_briefs/article/prithee_art_thou_a_jew_20070518

Jews have participated regularly in RenFaire -- which recreates with the greatest possible accuracy English life during the Renaissance -- and actors like Luskin are now finding greater freedom to express their cultural identity in the roles they play. The main stumbling block to date had been that Jews were exiled from England 300 years before the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The trade mission storyline allows this Ottoman tribe of 35 performers to slip its Jewish characters into the formerly Judenrein shire. In keeping with its historical recreation, Oojahm features a detailed history that includes Jewish-Muslim coexistence and cooperation.

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