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Hollywood and the Jews: 1930 - 1960

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2018.

In this course we will look at three themes relating to Hollywood and the Jews between 1930 and 1960.

  • The Disappearing Jew

How Jewish characters and issues disappeared from the silver screen making American Jewry almost invisible while anti-Semitism rose in the US during the same time period.

  • G.I. Hollywood

The Hollywood moguls were at first hesitant to “screen up” about The Third Reich. But behind the scenes, there were Jews who secretly investigated Nazi agents in Los Angeles. Once the USA got into the war, many studios supported the war effort but were against reluctant to make films detailing what was happening to the Jews living under Nazi control.

  • In the Shadow of the Cold War

Despite the increasing knowledge about the Holocaust, few films were made in the immediately post-WWII period (Gentleman’s Agreement and Crossfire). Soon, the HUAC investigations shook Hollywood leadership, destroying many careers and impacting what was seen on the Big Screen.


# Sessions
Date & time

Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25
7:00 - 8:30 pm

$45 for the public
$40 for members
$18 per session drop-in
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Jul 11 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed B'nai Shalom Riva Gambert
Jul 18 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed B'nai Shalom Riva Gambert
Jul 25 7:00 PM–8:30 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.