Alison Klayman was the bat mitzvah tutor of Beijing. In her four years in China, she coached five remarkable young Jewish women as they came of age.
Filmmaker Alison Klayman was rattled when asked why she made ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.’ Then she realized the dissident is a Chinese version of the quintessential Jewish outsider.
As our rundown Mercedes puttered past the olive groves and wheat fields of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains, our taxi driver, Mohammed, pulled off the dirt road to ask a shepherd for directions.
My roommates and I built the only rooftop sukkah in Beijing, 16 floors above the traffic on Second Ring Road, overlooking Sinopec headquarters and the small Olympic park next door. It was a true Chinese sukkah — made in part with PVC pipes and metal wire from a local construction market — and we were nervous that our neighbors would assume we were building some kind of permanent structure and report us to the Public Security Bureau.