In Niv’s first podcast, co-founders Clarrie Feinstein and Orly Zebak with Arts & Kvetch columnist Lara Bulger sit down over a zoom call to discuss: what makes a film or TV show Jewish?
So many shows and films often have a Jewish character, or a Jewish writer, or sometimes a Jewish director. But does that make the show Jewish? Or what happens when a non-Jew plays a Jew? Is the show less Jewish? These are difficult questions to answer, but Clarrie, Orly, and Lara try to do so albeit not without some language shortfalls with the constant use of “like.” Seriously, count how many times Orly and Clarrie say “like.” If it’s more than 50, we’ll buy you a sufganiyot.
Sit back, relax, and let Niv take you down an interesting, but not terribly important conversation.
Shows discussed in the podcast:
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: a Jewish mother and housewife in New York during the 1950s separates from her husband and decides to pursue a career as a stand up comedian.
Rugrats Hanukkah episode: By trying to stop the Hanukkah meany from ruining the holiday for their grandfather the Rugrats learn about tradition.
Schitt’s Creek Christmas episode: a rich family loses their money and goes to a live in a small town. In this episode, the father Johny Rose (Eugene Levy) who’s Jewish wants to host a big Christmas party like how his family used to when they had all their money.
Films discussed in the podcast:
Call Me By Your Name: a love story evolves between a young man and his father’s student during a summer in the 1980s in Italy.
Uncut Gems: the film follows a Jewish jeweler (Adam Sandler) as he makes a high-stakes bet that could drastically change is life.
Shiva Baby: a 2020 hit in the film festival scene, the film follows a young woman as she attends a shiva and must confront the trajectory of her life.
Theatrical productions discussed in the podcast:
Fiddler on the Roof: the musical is set in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia around 1905 following Tevye and the future of his family.
Header image design by Orly Zebak.
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