New to MJL: Jews in Television

We’re very excited today to announce the newest section on MyJewishLearning.com. While we have always had an extensive section on Jews in film, we have always felt that Jews in television warranted it’s own section. So, through the help of the Norman Lear Center at USC, some great MyJewishLearning writers, and many others, we have created a brand new section covering the history of Jews on the small screen.

Now, you can read all about the roles Jews and Judaism had in television from the 1950s through today. You can also learn about overarching themes in television like intermarriage, negative portrayals of religion, Jewish mother stereotypes and many more.

You can also read up on some specific shows like
Six Feet Under
or even read about the life of my favorite kid’s show host, Shari Lewis.

This new section is really, really fun and we’re all excited to be able to share it with all of you. Hope you enjoy it. Here is the link one more time.

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Jews in Television: 1950s & 1960s

From Milton Berle to Dick Van Dyke.

Gender Stereotypes in Television

Both Jewish men and women fell into certain stereotypes on television in the 1990s.

Intermarriage on Television

Intermarried Jews became very common on television in the 1990s.