From Sarnoff to Seinfeld: Televisual Jews in Historical Context With Rachel Greenblatt

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Larry David in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (Promotional still)
Larry David in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (Promotional still)

Jewish immigrants played critical roles in shaping the American entertainment business, yet their relationships to their religious and cultural heritage, like those of the American-born generations who continued their work, have been complex. In this course, we’ll explore representations of Jewish characters on broadcast television—from immigrant-era “The Goldbergs” to “Transparent,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”—and their connection to the shifting place of Jews and Jewish culture in American society.

Rachel Greenblatt has taught at Dartmouth College, Harvard and Wesleyan Universities. She holds a Ph.D. in Jewish history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a bachelor’s in history from Cornell. Greenblatt has also studied biblical and rabbinic text at the Pardes Institute and at Matan, the Sadie Rennert Women’s Institute for Torah Study, both in Jerusalem. Her scholarship focuses on the cultural and social history of Jews in central and eastern Europe.

Course dates: Oct. 28; Nov. 11, 25; Dec. 9, 16.

In partnership with Hebrew College and Open Circle Jewish Learning.

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Monday, October 7, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture
18 Phillips St
Boston, MA 02114
$120.00 For the series

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