THE JEWISH AMERICANS (1 & 2): THEY CAME TO STAY & A WORLD OF THEIR OWN Ivan Boryagin 2013 (1.55.07)
Originally broadcast on PBS, The Jewish-Americans covers 350 years in the lives of Jews who have struggled to maintain their religious identity and still be fully accepted as Americans. Beginning with 23 Jewish exiles seeking safe haven in New Amsterdam in 1654, writer-director David Grubin shows how their personal "tug of war between being American and being a Jew." Do they consider themselves Jewish-Americans, or American Jews? Carl Reiner, Mandy Patinkin, Sid Caesar, Jules Feiffer, playwright Tony Kushner, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are among the more recognizable personalities who offer illuminating commentary and bittersweet reminiscences.
Narrated by Liev Schreiber, The Jewish-Americans is comprised of three two-hour episodes, "They Came to Stay," "The Best of Times, the Worst of Times," and "Home." Each is a richly textured tapestry of talking heads, still photos, archival footage, and audio and film clips (the inevitable Gentleman's Agreement), and reveal how Jews have become woven into the fabric of Jewish life. Songwriter Irving Berlin wrote "God Bless America," and the holiday classics "White Christmas" and "Easter Parade." Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster created Superman.
Another crossover pop culture success was Gertrude Berg as Molly Goldberg of the Bronx, offering sage advice and homespun wisdom on radio, television and the movies. One illuminating segment reveals how assimilated movie mogul Louis B. Mayer's Andy Hardy films, with their "fairy tale visions of small town life," were the "American fantasies of a Jewish immigrant." Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head throughout the series. Grubin captures the hysteria surrounding the murder trial of Georgia factory worker Leo Franks, who, in 1915, was falsely convicted in the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, and subsequently lynched by a homicidal mob. The segment that addresses the Holocaust documents America's indifference in dealing with Hitler's "Final Solution." Grubin notes how political activism has long been a part of Jewish-American life, and how Jews took an active role in the Civil Rights struggle.
THE JEWISH AMERICANS (4): THEY CAME TO STAY & A WORLD OF THEIR OWN Ivan Boryagin 2013 (1.54.05)
ELLIS ISLAND - HISTORY OF IMMIGRATION TO THE UNITED STATES 2013 (1890-1920) Award Winning Documentary This is the first film about the once abandoned immigrant hospital on Ellis Island. In the era before antibiotics, tens of thousands of immigrant patients were separated from family, detained in the hospital, and healed from illness before becoming citizens. 350 babies were born, and ten times that many immigrants died on Ellis Island, 3,500 were buried in pauper's graves around New York City.
FORGOTTEN ELLIS ISLAND Bleh Yous (55,35)
This is the first film about the once abandoned immigrant hospital on Ellis Island. In the era before antibiotics, tens of thousands of immigrant patients were separated from family, detained in the hospital, and healed from illness before becoming citizens. 350 babies were born, and ten times that many immigrants died on Ellis Island, 3,500 were buried in pauper's graves around New York City.
HIDDEN HERITAGE OF NEW MEXICO: THEN & NOW - THE 400 YEAR OLD SECRET Son Broadcasting 2014 (58,54)
For many generations New Mexico has been a place for the descendants of the secret Jews of Spain who were persecuted by the Inquisition after the expulsion of the Jews in 1492.
Today they are known as Crypto-Jews or the Anusim. Despite destructions and attempted annihilations in Israel, Jews multiplied and prospered in Sephard/Spain as they ushered in the Golden Age of "revival" in all aspects of life during the Middle Ages.
However, in the midst of major breakthroughs, the Spanish inquisition's 300 year-long holocaust expelled them from the land their forefathers had founded thousands of years earlier.
Consequently, many Crypto Jews fled across the Atlantic into America. Crypto Anusim Conquistadores, soldiers and explorers came to the new world. In 1598 Dan Juan Onate lead a group of fellow Crypto Jews into New Mexico where their descendants have lived in virtual hiding for hundreds of years.
Today, we have evidence in the social sciences as well as in genetic DNA testing.
NEW MEXICO JEWISH SURVEY EPISODE 838 | New Mexico In Focus, a Production of KNME-TV 2015 (7.10)
THE PEW STUDY & THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN JEWS Stephen Wise Free Synagogue 2013 (23.58) Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch, Senior Rabbi of SWFS
STEPHEN SAMUEL WISE AND THE JEWS OF AMERICA Dr. Henry Abramson Samuel Wise (1874-1949), an important American communal leader. looking at the history of Jewish settlement in the United States during the 19th century and the major issues facing this immigrant community through the middle of the twentieth century. The lecture was held at Young Israel of Bal Harbour.
The Jewish Diaspora in New York The Story of the Jews | PBS 2014 (4.25) Simon Schama travels to New York City, considered THE iconic landing place in the Jewish-American story.
ORTHODOX JEWISH WOMEN ROCKING NEW YORK DW News 2015 (12.07) Women in New York’s ultraorthodox Jewish community live secluded lives. They tend to have a lot of children at a young age. We look at an orthodox female rock band fighting for more freedom.
BILHAH ABIGAILL LEVY FRANKS: THE JEWS OF COLONIAL AMERICA Dr. Henry Abramson 2014 (59.30) Bilhah Abigaill Levy Franks lived in New York City in the early decades of the eighteenth century. Her correspondence with Naftali, her eldest son, reveals much about the inner life of a Jewish woman in colonial America. Part of the Jewish Biography as History series available at www.henryabramson.com.
SECRET WORLD OF HASIDISM OhYeahRememberThat 2013, (38.01) It explains what Hasidism is, and how it differs to contemporary Judaism. It covers the laws of Judaism, Kosher food, weddings and those who have embraced and left Judaism. It features Luzer Twersky and Jewish author Simon Jacobson.
THE JEWISH AMERICANS (3): THEY CAME TO STAY & A WORLD OF THEIR OWN Ivan Boryagin 2013 (1.54.04)
THE JEWISH ORTHODOX COMMUNITY OF NEW YORK Blumenfeld Musik 2012 (1.35.04)