Film Series Guide

Images of Jewish Women in American Film

From shtetl mamehs to independent daughters, fiery activists to spoiled princesses, Marjorie Morningstar to Jessica Stein, images of Jewish women have appeared on the American silver screen in many different guises.

JWA's film discussion program provides groups with tools to explore cultural attitudes about American Jewish women through screening and discussion of five popular movies produced over the last fifty years. The program guide includes introductions to the topic, background information on each film, a series of questions designed to encourage lively discussion, and practical advice for hosting a film discussion program in your home or institution

Films, generally available from local video stores, include Hester Street, Marjorie Morningstar, The Way We Were, Private Benjamin, and Kissing Jessica Stein.

The Film Series Guide is now available, free, as a downloadable PDF.


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Jewish Women's Archive. "Film Series Guide." (Viewed on May 23, 2024) <>.