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Jewish American Heritage Month 2013

Gilda Radner
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Gilda Radner.
Courtesy of Michael Radner

May marks Jewish American Heritage Month. This year’s theme—American Jews in Entertainment—is an especially rich one for the Jewish Women’s Archive. JWA produced Making Trouble a film about Jewish women in comedy, and our website is full of entries on Jewish women entertainers—from Joyce Brothers to Goldie Hawn, from Lauren Bacall  to Nora Ephron, from Cass Elliot to Carole King. Whether they are on the stage or screen, in the recording studio or opera house, doing stand-up comedy or skits on Saturday Night Life, women are among the most entertaining Jews in America.

Watch Jewesses with Attitude this month for original and archival videos, profiles, and blog posts that explore the triumphs and tribulations of the Jewish woman entertainer.


Moments in History: Jewish Entertainers of Television

Earlier this month we promised more from our new series Moments In History, which commemorates game changing Jewish women in entertainment.  Our last entry took a look at women on the silver screen—today we’ll explore memorable moments from the lives of four very different Jewish stars of the smaller screen.

Nora Ephron: Profiled by MAKERS

Nora Ephron, writer and director, wasn't interested in portraying women as victims. To her, humor was the way to get through a tough situation. In many ways she was the ultimate in Jewish entertainers.

Barbara Walters: Profiled by MAKERS

In this amazing clip from MAKERS, Barbara Walters speaks of breaking not just the glass ceiling—but the steel ceiling. It’s hard to imagine Barbara Walters as anything other than successful and confident.

Moments in History: Jewish Entertainers in Film

For Jewish American Heritage Month, we’ve scoured the Archive for a special selection of posts we are calling Moments in History. This selection includes moments ranging from 1890 to 2011, each profiling a noteworthy moment in the history of female Jewish entertainers.

Making Trouble: Clips from the Cutting Room Floor

While hard at work here at the Archive, I stumbled upon some interviews that ended up on the cutting room floor during production of our prizewinning documentary “Making Trouble”. Take a look at a few clips that feature fabulous Jewish women in entertainment talking about fabulous Jewish women in entertainment.

See Tovah Feldshuh speak about the ahead of her time Sophie TuckerAlex Borstein explore Gilda Radner's beauty,  Adrienne Cooper's take on Molly Picon gender roles, and Wendy Wasserstein's thoughts Jewish entertainers on and off the stage. 


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Jewish American Heritage Month 2013." (Viewed on August 23, 2016) <>.


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