Self-Loving Jew Needs Love Issue Number 1. Illustration of young Jonathan wearing a kippah clutching his heart as six bolts of lightning strike him from a cloud with a Holocaust yellow Star of David and flag of Israel in it.

Self Loving Jew Needs Love

Self Loving Jew Needs Love No. 1 is a new 36 page, 7.5" x 9.5", full-colour comic, the first of ten planned issues debuting at TCAF 2022.

Issue 1 tells the story of how the economic and political conditions of my childhood introduction to Judaism at home, school, and synagogue caused me to start asking big questions, including about the conflation of Zionism and Jewish liberation, ones that no adult seemed to want to answer.

The issue was supported by Asylum Arts.

Self Loving Jew Needs Love No. 1 is available for sale on my shop

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Self-Loving Jew began as a series of visual essays defining a secular, cultural Jewish identity. Reclaiming the self-hating jew trope, these autobiographical comics address the shift away from traditional Jewish institutions amongst contemporary Jewish youth.

Guilt-free, the essays are an attempt to articulate the ambivalence some Jewish millennials and Generation Zers may feel about religious Judaism, identity and assimilation. It embraces forging personal beliefs and practices that honour the Jewish legacy, adapting them alongside other value considerations.

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Rotsztain Self-Loving Jew Comics Workshop


Self-Loving Jew and You workshops last from 30–90 minutes through to one week of programming, tailored to any age or skill-set.

The interactive lessons include a history of comics, insight into the creation of SLJ comics and step-by-step activities for participants to create their own stories.

Past workshops: Museum of Jewish Montreal, Limmud Toronto, Oraynu Congregation, Vancouver Jewish Book Festival and King David High School, pictured at left.


Patterns was an original installation shown from February–June 2019 at FENTSTER Gallery, Toronto.

The work was remounted as Modèles at the Museum of Jewish Montreal from January 2019–March 2020.

The work features wallpaper banners that make visible how family, community and social context can unconsciously shape one's patterns of behaviour, being taken in by sculptural figures in various states of contemplation, sorrow and joy.

For more images and information, please visit
the project page.

Rotsztain Patterns FENTSTER Toronto