Film-maker Searle Kochberg gives his oral history: Jewish gay identity is big for me

Canadian-born Searle Kochberg talks about being Jewish & gay and his connection to ritual and spirituality.

A lot of my gay male friends who are totally secular, when they –when I started going back to Shul they thought they were going to see me with ringlets and a fur hat, you know, they didn’t really understand that I needed –I needed a kind of spiritual journey, a bit. I needed ritual and I needed things that were ….- I mean my gayness is pretty essential to me of course but the ritual is essential and it’s about continuity and, um, so in many ways as I’ve gotten older I feel my Jewishness is more essential to me than my gayness. Of course, you can’t say anything’s more essential than your sexual being but, actually I’ve sort of put that to bed, a long time ago. You know, I’m –I don’t think about it much, you know, as with my Jewishness I do think about.’

Read the full transcript: transcript Searle kochberg Interview


Produced by University of Portsmouth



"Rainbow Jews provides an important source of Jewish history. I urge people to get involved and support this project in whichever way they can"
Danny Rich

Rabbi Danny Rich
Liberal Judaism CEO
"I am honoured to support Rainbow Jews and to celebrate the huge positive contribution that Jewish people make to the LGBT community and to our wider society. Jewish and LGBT people share many parallels of oppression and of triumph over adversity. As victims of prejudice, it is important for us to stand together united against all hate."
Peter Tatchell

Peter Tatchell
Human Rights Defender

Latest Tweets

    Sorry, no Tweets were found.