Gefilte: It’s Not About the Fish
A family tradition of making gefilte fish from scratch goes beyond simply making the dish; it’s an act embedded with the history of a family’s story and legacy. Reboot is proud to have co-produced a short documentary directed by Reboot network member, Rachel Fleit, focusing on the Hermelin family of Detroit, and how matriarch Doreen Hermelin’s annual ritual of making gefilte fish represents a tradition rooted in Jewish meaning.
The dish of gefilte isn’t about the fish, it becomes a lightening rod, in which we project all of our feelings about family, identity, tradition, struggle, loss—and as always, love.
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