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New CNS Adult Learning: "Celluloid Yids!"

New Adult Learning @ CNS!

Celluloid Yids: Jewish Cinema's Evolution 

from the 1920s - Today

with Shalom Rosenberg, CNS Youth and Edah Director

Classes will meet on Thursdays from 7-9pm in the library on the following dates:

January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10

Cost: Sliding scale $36-50; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Please register with Rachel at

In this course, we will explore what is often referred to as "Jewish Cinema". We will ask: What qualifies as Jewish Cinema? Every week, we will read articles and view screenings of classic and lesser known films that represent the Jewish image on film. This course will take an historic approach and look at our films in the context of the changing world over the last century. Although most of our films will be from American cinema, we will also look at some Israeli and Yiddish films, as well as films from other countries. We will talk about the Jewish sensibility in film and look for patterns that repeat throughout time. We will also discuss how Jews have influenced Hollywood and look at works by Allen, Brooks, Spielberg, Streisand, Levinson, Sandler, and more. We will screen films across genres from comedies to dramas to thrillers to musicals to love stories to war stories and more. We will also explore the themes of love, family, antisemitism, assimilation, intermarriage and interfaith relationships, LGBTQ issues, tradition vs. progression, identity, gender, God, Israel, and more. Finally, we will talk about our relationship with the images that supposedly represent us and our communities. We will ask: To what extent does film represent and reflect our lives or the other way around? Some screenings may include the following: The Jazz Singer, Liberty Heights, Yentl, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Gentleman's Agreement, The Great Dictator, A Life Apart: Hasidism in America, Walk on Water, Munich, Knocked Up, The Chosen, Keeping the Faith, When Do We Eat?, Kissing Jessica Stein, Yidl Mitn Fidl, and A Serious Man.

Rabbi Menachem Creditor
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