Scholar-in-Residence 2021: Jews and Cinema




The Gersten-Hoisington Scholar-in-Residence Weekend

Jews and Cinema with Prof. Eric Goldman

The TBS Adult and Family Learning Committee is excited to present an entertaining and educational weekend with Professor Eric Goldman. Prof. Goldman will take us on a Jewish journey through film in the twentieth century.


Friday, March 12, 6:15 PM, Friday Night Service and Introductory Lecture:

The American Jewish Story Through Cinema: The Early Years

An introduction to an analysis of select mainstream films from the beginning of the sound era until the 1940s to help build the foundation for an understanding of cinema's portrayal of the American Jewish Experience.


Saturday, March 13

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM, Shabbat Morning Minyan

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM, Lecture: The American Jewish Story Through Cinema: The 1940s through Today

By analyzing select mainstream films from the beginning of the 1940s until today, one can use the medium of cinema to provide an understanding of the American Jewish experience over the last century. The fact that Jews have been so predominant in the movie business makes cinema such a wonderful text for study and analysis. Through film clips and discussion, we will learn how filmmakers created and packaged their own unique concept of the Jew as filtered through their own consciousness.


Saturday Evening Film Discussion: “Avalon” (1990)

Join us for Dr. Goldman’s introduction, screen “Avalon” (1990) on your own, then return for post-screening analysis, Q & A, and discussion groups. (Available on Amazon Video for $3.99)

5:15 PM - 5:30 PM - Zoom Havdalah and Introduction by Dr. Goldman

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Dinner and a Movie - Watch Avalon (if you have not watched it already) with take out dinner of your choice.

7:45 PM - 9:30 PM - Zoom Film Discussion with Prof. Goldman


Sunday, March 14, 9:30AM – 11:00 AM, Lecture: Lens on Israel: A Society through its Cinema

Israeli movies provide an intimate insight into Israel’s birth, growth and development as a country. The cinema provides an ideal “lens” by which we gain a greater understanding of Israel’s history, culture and the challenges to its existence. This lecture examines the changing nature of Israeli society as reflected through its cinema.


Register in advance at sir2021.eventbrite.com to get zoom link.

Questions? Please contact: adultlearning@tbsneedham.org

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