“TVGONEJEWY”: Jewish Representation on TV and in Popular Culture Today
Note: This is a 60-minute class running on Wednesday, 12/1/2021 @ 12pm-1pm PST. Upon completed registration, your Zoom invitation will be emailed to you 7 days prior to the start time.
From unscripted bingeworthy shows to nuanced dramas, Jewish writers and content creators are reclaiming and reshaping Jewish identity on-screen, and audiences are reacting to the increased Jewish representation with enthusiasm and worry, alternating between celebration and condemnation. What do we expect from on-screen Jewish representations of secular and religious Jews and their identities? Why is this happening now? How are creators hitting or missing the mark?
Join award-winning writer Esther D. Kustanowitz for an overview of the issues, the controversial portrayals and why this increase is “good for the Jews” and the world. Plus, celebrate a very TVGoneJewy Hanukkah with special content focusing on the Festival of Lights!
Esther D. Kustanowitz is an award-winning writer, editor, consultant and speaker who has deep and equal fascination with Judaism and pop culture. She co-hosts The Bagel Report, a podcast about Jews and popular culture, and is the TV columnist for the J. The Jewish News of Northern California. Esther has also contributed to publications including the L.A. Jewish Journal, The Forward, JTA, The Jewish Week, Hadassah Magazine, Haaretz, eJewishPhilanthropy.com and ModernLoss.com. She is on the founding team for the SoCal Jewish News, a new hyperlocal news project founded to tell more of Southern California’s Jewish stories. She examines #TVGoneJewy, a term she invented to describe the increase of Jewish content on TV.