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Adult Ed Havdalah Program: Hollywood & the Jews

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During this program, Riva Gambert 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 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.

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.

November 3rd, 2018 7:30 PM   through   9:30 PM
Oneg Room

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