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January 2019

A Jewish Pop Culture Series: Exploring Judaism Through TV & Film

Jewish TV and film characters have existed as long as the medium itself. But in recent years, these portrayals have become even more relevant and are taking on new forms with more radical opinions and commentaries on the world than ever before. In this 3-part series taking place at Westchester Jewish Center on Rockland and Palmer Avenues in Mamaroneck, a broad range of speakers will discuss contemporary Jewish characters.


On Wednesday, March 7th, from 7:45-9:15pm, Jennifer Armstrong will speak on Seinfeld.  Armstrong, formerly of Entertainment Weekly and a prolific author of books such as the recent Seinfeldia, will discuss the history of the beloved show Seinfeld and its profound impact on (Jewish) culture.


From 1 - 2:30pm, On Sunday, March 18th, Erin Carlson will talk about Nora Ephron.  In her new book, I’ll Have What She’s Having, entertainment journalist Erin Carlson tells the story of the real Nora Ephron, the creator of movies such as When Harry Met Sally and how she reinvented the romcom through her trio of instant classics.


On Wednesday, April 11th, from 7:45 - 9:15pm, Isaac Butler speaks on Amazon’s Transparent.  Butler, a writer and theater director, will discuss the Jewishness of Transparent and how it is leaving such a strong mark on culture. “It feels as Jewish as a Seder Plate, or Jon Stewart’s original last name,” the writer says.  Butler is co-writing The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, with Dan Kois.


All events will take place in Westchester Jewish Center’s Activity Room and food and beverages will be served. There will also be a book signing. These programs are sponsored by the World Jewry Committee at Westchester Jewish Center, formed to help members see themselves as citizens of the world and how they can relate better to one another.


For questions about these events, email holly_rosen@yahoo.com.