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Hollywood and the Jews: 1930 - 1960
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.
Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25
7:00 - 8:30 pm
$40 for members
$18 per session drop-in
|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 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 is Director of the 2016 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.