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“My Yiddishe Mama”: Jewish Women in Film – The Early Years

Hosted By: The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC)

What does an importer of French perfume, a holder of a patent on a technology that was used in the early days of WiFi, and the daughter of an artist and his Arabian mistress have in common? They are all Jewish female movie stars, at least one of whom rivaled Gloria Swanson in her heyday.

“My Yiddishe Mama: Jewish Women in Film – The Early Years“ tells the story of some of these pioneering women from the early 1900s to the 1930s during a Zoom presentation. This period is considered the heyday of Jewish film, since there were approximately 230 movies with characters and stories that were clearly Jewish. These films launched the careers of Vera Gordon and Molly Picon while more mainstream film propelled the careers of stars like Theda Bara and Hedy Lamar. Their stories are ones that not only reflect their personal lives but mirror the Jewish experience in America and the changes within.

This talk is offered in partnership with The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.

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Teacher

Marcia Torobin

Marcia Torobin is a co-founder and Director of the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival in New Mexico. The festival begins its twelfth season this fall, continuing its focus on movies and programming that are engaging, informative, and entertaining. Marcia is active in the Jewish community there, and serves or has served on the Boards of the New Mexico Jewish Historical Society and Jewish Federation of New Mexico, among many others.
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The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC)

The Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy (LESJC) is an educational non-profit, created in 1998, to preserve and support the Lower East Side’s community of living synagogues and other historic structures, and to raise public awareness of the neighborhoods distinct cultural identity. As the birthplace of American Jewish civilization, and the most iconic immigrant neighborhood in America, we share this history by taking people on walking tours which enter sacred sites, where you learn how past generations came here, lived and worshiped. Learn more about LESJC here.
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