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Funny Girls – a NEW talk on Zoom about the funny Jewish women of film

Mon January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST

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Join us for this NEW Zoom talk given by 2 film historians about the funny Jewish ladies that have made us laugh on the big screen.

Beginning with Jewish mother caricatures in the silent era through their evolution to becoming an indispensable segment of the Hollywood storytelling machine, Jewish women have never failed to capture the big screen with their attitudes, intelligence, appearance, style and, most of all, proudly Jewish wit. From such attention-grabbers as Totie Fields, Joan Rivers and Belle Barth to superstars like Fanny Brice, Gertrude Berg, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, we’re giving it up for the ladies and all the laughs they’ve provided over the decades. And we won’t forget about Molly Picon!

This presentation will be given by film historians Irv Slifkin and Laurence Lerman, the founders of FilmShul, which focuses on the history and role of Jews involved in the field of entertainment – since much of the industry’s success can be attributed to their association with it since its earliest days. The role of FilmShul is to reflect on and relate to the American Jewish experience, allowing attendees to be informed, entertained, as well as recognize the valuable contributions made by entertainment innovators of the Jewish faith.

This presentation will last approximately 75 minutes followed by time for Q & A.

If you want to hear this extraordinary program, you must do so live. There will NOT be a chance to obtain a link to the recording.


Mon January 30
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
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Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy
(212) 374-4100
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