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Joan Rivers and Jewish Comedy: A Remembrance

“I am not the ideal Jewish woman,” Joan Rivers admits in a comedy act filmed in the Jewish Women’s Archive film, Making Trouble. “I love to take [my audience] to the edge,” she says.  “I love to get them upset . . . And ruin their value system.” Known for her aggressiveness and her “unkosher” bawdy style, in critic Sarah Cohen’s words, Rivers (nee Joan Molinsky), Phi Beta Kappa Barnard graduate and daughter of a Brooklyn Jewish doctor, performed for over forty years. 

Shari Lewis, 1957

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Puppeteer and producer Shari Lewis with Lamb Chop and Charley Horse in a publicity photo from October, 1957.
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Puppeteer and producer Shari Lewis with Lamb Chop and Charley Horse in a publicity photo from October, 1957.

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Tziporah H. Jochsberger

Having escaped the Holocaust on the strength of her musical talents, Tziporah H. Jochsberger went on to use music to instill Jewish pride in her students.

Frances Horwich

Frances Horwich was loved by parents and children alike for her educational television show, Ding Dong School.

Frieda Barkin Hennock

The first woman ever appointed to the Federal Communications Commission, Frieda Barkin Hennock argued that women had a disproportionate stake in the media and helped establish public broadcasting.

Eydie Gorme

Eydie Gorme’s regular musical appearances on Steve Allen’s Tonight! Show with her husband, Steve Lawrence, launched their joint careers as the duo responsible for hits like 1963’s “Blame It on the Bossa Nova.”

Dorothy Lerner Gordon

Dorothy Lerner Gordon used radio and television to give children access to literature, music, and news of current events.

Jennie Goldstein

Jennie Goldstein won the hearts of her audiences playing tragic roles in Yiddish melodramas, but when tastes changed, she showed her versatility by playing comic roles with equal skill.

"Ding Dong School" Scrapbook

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A "Ding Dong School" scrapbook.
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A "Ding Dong School" scrapbook.

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Andi Dorfman of "The Bachelorette"

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Bachelorette Andi Dorfman.

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Bachelorette Andi Dorfman.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Television." (Viewed on May 4, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/television>.

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