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Film, Television, and the American Jewish Story

Film, Television, and the American Jewish Story


For more information contact:

Joanna Rothenberg | 312.322.1724

Betsy Gomberg | 312.322.1756


Eric Goldman, co-host of Turner Classic Movies’
The Jewish Experience on Film, believes you can.
He shares his insights and favorite clips
on May 22 at Spertus Institute.

(Chicago) Dr. Eric Goldman believes that the ways Jews and Jewish subjects have been portrayed on film and television provides an important, as well as entertaining, lens through which to learn about the Jewish experience. Dr. Goldman, an adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva, has authored books on the topic, including the highly regarded American Jewish Story through Cinema. He presented on the subject on Turner Classic Movies, where in 2014 he joined Robert Osborne to co-host a month-long series called The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film.

Chicagoans will have a chance to join Dr. Goldman in person for a program titled Film, Television, and the American Jewish Story at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership on Sunday, May 22 at 2 pm. He will discuss how changing portrayals of Jewish protagonists, experiences, and challenges over the past 80 years — on screens both large and small — reflect the evolving social, political, and cultural situation of American Jews.

Dr. Goldman will share examples from hit films and television series including A Serious Man, Homeland, Keeping the Faith, Knocked Up, Liberty Heights, Munich, This is Where I Leave You, Transparent, and You Don't Mess with The Zohan.

Dr. Goldman is the founder of Ergo Media and the longtime film reviewer for New Jersey's The Jewish Standard. He holds a PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University.

Tickets to this presentation are $18 ($8 for students). Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at 312.322.1773. When registering online for this presentation, guests can bring a friend or colleague for free.

Spertus Institute is located at 610 S. Michigan Avenue. Discount Parking is available for $11 with Spertus validation at the Essex Inn, 8th Street and Michigan Avenue (two blocks south of Spertus). More information can be found at

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Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
offers dynamic learning opportunities, rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. Graduate programs and workshops train future leaders and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Public programs — including films, speakers, seminars, and concerts — take place at the Institute's Michigan Avenue facility, in the Chicago suburbs, and online.

Spertus Institute is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.

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