Elena Hoffenberg graduated from Harvard with a BA in History and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, focusing on modern Jewish history and Yiddish. While in college, she led Jewish student organizations, volunteered in local schools, and worked with materials in libraries and archives. These experiences contributed to her interest in how interpretations of the past shape our present and can transform our communities. As Development Assistant, she looks forward to working with supporters to broaden the impact of stories told through JWA.
Like apparently everyone else in the world, we at JWA had some thoughts about the series finale of Girls. Two of our staffers, Emily Cataneo and Elena Hoffenberg, both millennials, feminists, and fans of the show, sat down and chatted about Girls, its legacy, and the best way to end a show about young women.
This conversation is also the fourth installment in our Reading Our Rights series.
I started watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend during the long days of summer. I had seen earlier videos by Rachel Bloom, the creator and star of CEG, including a “Santa Baby” parody for Hanukkah and her interpretation of a bar mitzvah student’s day dream. I pressed “play” hoping her television show would bring the same well-produced music videos and irreverence about stereotypes––especially stereotypes of Jewish women. The first season surpassed my expectations.
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