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Hollywood and Censorship

This course was offered in Fall, 2016.

Queen ChristinaFrom the earliest days of motion pictures in America, bluenose reformers accused the film industry of poisoning the minds of its viewers with scenes of illicit sex and wanton violence.

With the use of film clips, we will explore how the push for film censorship led to the 1934 Production Code Authority, the near erasure of Jewish characters in American films and the prohibition of movies that explored what was happening in The Third Reich.

This course is in partnership with The East Bay International Jewish Film Festival

Watch the film Trumbo on Oct 9 at Village Theater in Danville.

This course will be available to registered students at no extra charge via Adobe Connect online distance learning. Students may attend live in the classroom, live online or anytime via recording.

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# Sessions
Date & time

Wednesdays, November 2 - December 7 (no class 11/23)
7:30 - 9:00 pm

$70 for the public
$50 for members
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Nov 02 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed B'nai Shalom Riva Gambert
Nov 09 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed B'nai Shalom Riva Gambert
Nov 16 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed B'nai Shalom Riva Gambert
Nov 30 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed B'nai Shalom Riva Gambert
Dec 07 7:30 PM–9:00 PM Wed B'nai Shalom Riva Gambert


Congregation B'nai Shalom

74 Eckley Lane

Walnut Creek, CA 94596



Riva Gambert

Riva GambertRiva Gambert served on the staff of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay both as Director of its Israel Center and Senior Director of Community Programs. She has been Director of the East Bay International Jewish Film Festival. A frequent lecturer on Israel and film-related topics, Riva lived in Rehovot, Israel for several years before moving to California.