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American Jewish Films

Author : Lawrence J. Epstein
ISBN : 9781476601847
Genre : Social Science
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This is a thematic survey of American films with significant Jewish content that made an important statement about America. Both familiar and lesser known films are included. An introduction discusses why American Jews were attracted to films as audiences, performers and business people, and evaluates how films help audiences think about their lives. The book then focuses on themes and representative and important films, placing them in their cultural contexts. One of the aspects of American Jewish life brought out by the films in general is the tensions between an American and a Jewish identity and between a Jewish identity and a broader human identity. Other themes are assimilation and acculturation, interfaith relations, Israel, marriage and family relations, the role of women, Jews and American politics, and anti–Semitism including the Holocaust.

American Jewish Year Book 2013

Author : Arnold Dashefsky
ISBN : 9783319016580
Genre : Social Science
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This book, in its 113th year, provides insight into major trends in the North American Jewish community, examining Jewish education, New York Jewry, national and Jewish communal affairs, and the US and world Jewish population. It also acts as an important resource with its lists of Jewish Institutions, Jewish periodicals, and academic resources as well as Jewish honorees, obituaries, and major recent events. It should prove useful to social scientists and historians of the American Jewish community, Jewish communal workers, and the press, among others. For more than a century, the American Jewish Year Book has remained and continues to serve, even in the Internet age, as the leading reference work on contemporary Jewish life. This year’s volume, with its special reports on Jewish education and the New York community and its updates on Jewish population statistics, Jewish institutions, and the major Jewish figures who passed in the year past, continues this splendid tradition. Pamela S. Nadell, Chair, Department of History, American University and Co-editor, Making Women’s Histories: Beyond National Perspectives The 2013 volume of the American Jewish Year Book impressively demonstrates that Arnold Dashefsky and Ira Sheskin have restored this important resource in all its former glory. Bruce A. Phillips, Professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal Service, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles Having a current American Jewish Year Book on my shelf is like having a panel of experts on American Jewish life at the ready, prepared to give me thoughtful, accurate answers and observations on the key issues, trends and statistics that define our continental Jewish community today. Well into its second century, the American Jewish Year Book continues to be an essential resource for serious leaders, practitioners and students who seek to ground their work in solid research and up-to-date data. Jacob Solomon, Greater Miami Jewish Federation President and CEO

The American Jewish Story Through Cinema

Author : Eric A. Goldman
ISBN : 9780292754690
Genre : Performing Arts
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Like the haggadah, the traditional “telling” of the story of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt that is read at the Passover seder, cinema offers a valuable text from which to gain an understanding of the social, political, and cultural realities of Jews in America. In an industry strongly influenced by Jewish filmmakers who made and continue to make the decisions as to which films are produced, the complex and evolving nature of the American Jewish condition has had considerable impact on American cinema and, in particular, on how Jews are reflected on the screen. This groundbreaking study analyzes select mainstream films from the beginning of the sound era to today to provide an understanding of the American Jewish experience over the last century. In the first half of the twentieth century, Hollywood’s movie moguls, most of whom were Jewish, shied away from asserting a Jewish image on the screen for fear that they might be too closely identified with that representation. Over the next two decades, Jewish moviemakers became more comfortable with the concept of a Jewish hero and with an overpowered, yet heroic, Israel. In time, the Holocaust assumed center stage as the single event with the greatest effect on American Jewish identity. Recently, as American Jewish screenwriters, directors, and producers have become increasingly comfortable with their heritage, we are seeing an unprecedented number of movies that spotlight Jewish protagonists, experiences, and challenges.

New Jew In Film

Author : Nathan Abrams
ISBN : 9780857720917
Genre : Performing Arts
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Jewish film characters have existed almost as long as the medium itself. But around 1990, films about Jews and their representation in cinema proliferated and took on new forms, marking a significant departure from the past. With a new generation of Jewish filmmakers, writers, actresses and actors at work, contemporary cinemas in Hollywood and the rest of the world have been depicting a multiplicity of new Jews, including tough Jews, brutish Jews, gay and lesbian Jews, Jewish cowboys, skinheads and superheroes, and Jews in space. The New Jew in Film is grounded in the study of over 300 films in Hollywood and beyond, including productions from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as well as the United States and Israel. It explores these newand changing depictions of Jews, Jewishness and Judaism, providing a wider, more representative picture of the subject than has hitherto been attempted. This is a compelling, surprising and provocative book, whose chapters explore masculinity, femininity, sexuality, passivity, agency, religion, as well as new territory, including foodand bathrooms. Nathan Abrams’s concern is to reveal how the representation of the Jew is used to convey confidence or anxieties about Jewish identity and history, as well as how it engages with questions of racial, sexual and gender politics. Inso doing, he also provides a welcome overview of important Jewish films produced globally over the last twenty years.

Independent Jewish Film

Author : Janis Plotkin
ISBN : 0965068803
Genre : Independent filmmakers
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Envisioning Israel

Author : Allon Gal
ISBN : 0814326307
Genre : History
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While the history of Zionism in the United States has been the subject of numerous works, American ideological attitudes toward the State of Israel have been less frequently treated in the scholarly literature. Envisioning Israel fills that gap.

Jews And American Popular Culture Movies Radio And Television

Author : Paul Buhle
ISBN : 0275987949
Genre : Artistes du spectacle juifs
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This three-volume work tells the story of how Jewish Americans overcame anti-Semitism, anti-immigrant biases, and poverty to shape American film, television, music, sports, literature, food, and humor.

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105114091221
Genre : Independent filmmakers
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Weimar Film And Modern Jewish Identity

Author : O. Ashkenazi
ISBN : 9781137010841
Genre : Performing Arts
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In reading popular films of the Weimar Republic as candid commentaries on Jewish acculturation, Ofer Ashkenzi provides an alternative context for a re-evaluation of the infamous 'German-Jewish symbiosis' before the rise of Nazism, as well as a new framework for the understanding of the German 'national' film in the years leading to Hitler's regime.

In Search Of American Jewish Culture

Author : Stephen J. Whitfield
ISBN : 1584651717
Genre : Social Science
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A leading cultural historian explores the complex interactions of Jewish and American cultures.

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