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Television

Gloria Stern Penner, 1931 - 2012

Gloria Penner, a pioneer in local broadcasting and a leading voice at KPBS radio/TV station on the San Diego State University campus for more than half a century, died just days before the Women’s History Museum was slated to hold a special tribute to her at a “Broads in Broadcasting” celebration of women who broke through the barriers in the broadcast world.

Make way for "Girls"

I was really wary of watcing HBO's new female-driven comedy, "Girls." I'd heard a lot of not-great reviews and was afraid it would read like an emo version of "Sex and the City," which I was never fan of to begin with. I don't typically fall for awkward comedies a la "Arrested Development," either, as they tend to make me, well, uncomfortable - perhaps because my life often feels like an awkward comedy, and I like for my TV shows to hit a bit less close to home. Still, I was drawn to "Girls" because Lena Dunham, its writer, creator, and star, is just 25 years old - and, oh, she's also Jewish. It's also produced by funnyman Judd Apatow (also Jewish), who has turned out such comedic greats as "Anchorman," "Bridesmaids," and "Superbad." With a behind-the-scenes cast like that, I knew I had to give "Girls" a try.

Backing up birth control, and each other

In an ironic, but perhaps unplanned turn of events, this year's Back Up Your Birth Control Day of Action comes the day after the premiere of season 4 of 16 and Pregnant. (And if you think I haven't been waiting for this television event since the end of last season...you would be wrong.)

Downton Abbey's Lady Grantham: Honorary Jewess With Attitude

"Is she Jewish?"

It's one of the first questions we Jews ask about anyone in pop culture who even slightly looks like one of the tribe, or has a "berg" or a "witz" as their name's last syllable.

Celebrity Cook-Off's Taylor Dayne wins hearts with matzah ball soup

I happen to think “Leslie Wunderman” would’ve been a fine stage name, conjuring up images of a sort of Jewish Wonderwoman, but I guess ‘90s pop star Taylor Dayne didn’t agree.

The Lives They Lived: Jewish women to remember in 2011

“[Debbie Friedman] emphasized the value of every voice and the power of song to help us express ourselves and become our best selves. As she wrote for JWA's online exhibit Jewish Women and the Feminist Revolution: 'The more our voices are heard in song, the more we become our lyrics, our prayers, and our convictions.' The woman who wrote the song that asks God to 'help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing' herself modeled for us what that looks like.”—Judith Rosenbaum.
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How Gilda Radner taught me to love my nose

I have my mom’s nose.

Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger: Jewess With a Bad Attitude?

Is there such thing as being a Jewess with too much attitude? Increasingly, it looks like the answer may be yes, and the evidence is in Millionaire Matchmaker star Patti Stanger.

Raysa Rose Bonow, 1931 - 2011

In a time when women television producers were few, and female executives non- existent, Raysa Bonow came to Boston and changed the face of daytime TV programming.

As Executive Producer of "For Women Today," later renamed "The Sonya Hamlin Show," she introduced Boston daytime viewers to a kind of television they had never seen before. In the wake of the social turbulence of the late 60’s and rise of feminism of the early 1970’s, Raysa  was determined to abandon  the typical daytime  fare of cooking, fashion and celebrities and open up a  world of new ideas to women at home.

Remembering Kitty Carlisle Hart

If ever there was an unofficial Queen of New York City, Kitty Carlisle Hart was it.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Television." (Viewed on September 15, 2014) <http://jwa.org/topics/television>.

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