Yom Kippur on the Small Screen With Rachel Greenblatt

Top Pick September 22, 2019 Boston $10.00
Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold in the "Entourage" episode "Return of the King" (Promotional still)
Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold in the "Entourage" episode "Return of the King" (Promotional still)

Depictions of religious practice are relatively rare in the American televisual landscape. Nonetheless, a few select series have depicted characters’ experience of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. How many focus on the day’s religious theme, repentance (“teshuvah” in Hebrew)? What other themes would take center stage? What might that mean in the context of Jewish life in America?

Come prepared for the Days of Awe by sharing clips from, among others, “The Goldbergs,” “Northern Exposure,” “Entourage,” “Gossip Girl” and “Broad City.”

A complimentary guided tour of the Vilna and its history will run approximately 45 minutes before the start of the program.

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.

Interested in this? Check out Rachel’s class that looks at how and why Jews are portrayed on the small screen throughout the decades: “From Sarnoff to Seinfeld: Televisual Jews in Historical Context” will be on select Mondays starting in October.

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Sunday, September 22, 2019, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture
18 Phillips St
Boston, MA 02114
$10.00 Per person

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