ONLINEJewish Narratives in Pop Culture: “Shtisel,” “Sex and the City”

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Shira Haas as Ruchami Tonik in “Shtisel” Season 3 (Courtesy Yes Studios)
Shira Haas as Ruchami Tonik in “Shtisel” Season 3 (Courtesy Yes Studios)

Jewish Narratives in Pop Culture: From “Shtisel” to “Sex and the City” (Sessions one and six hybrid; sessions two-five online with Elisha Gechter)

Ever finished bingeing “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and wish you had a “book club” to discuss the episodes with? Or did you watch all of “Shtisel” and want to not only eat all the food on screen but also ask someone else about what you were curious about in the show? Come study the ways that Jews show up in pop culture today on television. Examine which narratives are being raised that are stereotypical and where creators are broadening what is included in these scenes. Be it the weddings and b-mitzvah scenes that appear everywhere from “Sex and the City” to “Crazy Ex Girlfriend” and “The Mindy Project” or the mikvah and Shabbat scenes in “Orange is the New Black” and “Transparent.” Come see examples of overtly Jewish shows and characters, as well as ones that are more subtle, or even “masked.” Are you left feeling proud or cringing as you watch these scenes?

Discuss with an eclectic group how these characters and narratives land with you, and why representation matters.

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