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Maya Rudolph Joins the Cast of "Saturday Night Live"

May 6, 2000

On May 6, 2000, Jewish comedian, actor, and writer Maya Rudolph appeared for the first time on Saturday Night Live, where she remained as a cast member until 2007. When she joined SNL in the show’s twenty-fifth season, she became the fourth Black female cast member in the show’s history.

Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford in The Way We Were

In 'The Way We Were,' The Political is Personal

Sarah Jae Leiber

The Way We Were might be an old film, but it couldn't be more relevant to today’s divided world.

Topics: Film

Ronit Elkabetz

Ronit Elkabetz (1963-2016) was one of Israeli cinema's leading actors. Coming from the northern periphery, she played in some of the major Israeli films of the last decades. She is particularly remembered for the trilogy she directed with her brother Shlomi Elkabetz: To Take a Wife (2004), The Seven Days (2009), and Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2013), all addressing the issue of the oppression of Mizrahi women in the name of the Jewish religion.

Tracee Elliss Ross Wins Golden Globe for "Black-ish"

January 7, 2018

On January 7, 2018, Jewish actor, director, and activist Tracee Ellis Ros won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Actress in a Musical/Comedy Series--the first black woman to win the award since 1983.

Therese Shechter stands in front of a bunch of strollers in My So-Called Selfish Life

Childfree, with No Regrets and No Apologies

Dr. Helene Meyers

Full of insights from experts and the joyously childfree, this film expands our understanding of reproductive justice.

Illeana Douglas as Denise Waverly in Grace of My Heart

You Probably Missed This Film When It Came out 25 Years Ago. Don’t Let That Happen Again.

Sarah Jae Leiber

This holiday season, skip the blockbusters and watch Grace Of My Heart instead.

Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer is one of America’s most loved and successful comedians. Her career is built on a true riches-to-rags-to-riches story and is firmly centered on growing up in an unconventional Jewish upbringing.

Jewish Women in Screendance

Jewish women made overwhelming contributions to the creation of the field of Screendance.  Maya Deren, Amy Greenfield, Anna Halprin, Yvonne Rainer, Meredith Monk, and others have created a legacy of socially conscious dance for the screen that collectively exhibits and performs principles of Jewish ritual and practice. Many of these artists share a focus on social justice and a collective approach to what might be called a feminist Jewish art form.

Haredi Women's Filmmaking in Israel

In the early twenty-first century, Haredi cinema began to flourish, first in Israel and then in the United States and elsewhere. Haredi women have made films that focus on relationships among women, that are often much more aesthetically elaborate than Haredi men’s films, and that address issues that until recently were considered taboo.

Sara Sugarman

Sara Sugarman is a Welsh-born movie director and actor, who made her mark as a small-screen performer before stepping behind the camera to direct international award-winning movies with a Welsh twist.

Ruth Behar

Award-winning cultural anthropologist Ruth Behar has conducted groundbreaking research in Spain, Mexico, and her native Cuba. Her innovations in cultural representation have transformed ethnographic writing and reached a broad, non-academic audience through her film, poetry, personal essays, and young adult fiction.

Aida Bortnik

Aída Bortnik was an Argentine journalist, dramaturge, and screenwriter who wrote the first Argentine screenplay nominated for an Academy Award (“The Truce,” 1974), an award she later won for best foreign film in 1986 (“The Official Story”). Bortnik was also the first Argentine to pen a screenplay that addressed the military dictatorship (1976-1983) and the first Latin American admitted as a permanent member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Ana María Shua

Ana María Shua is an Argentine writer and screen writer who is internationally known as a specialist in short stories, in particular micro fiction tales, which are stories of just two or three lines of extension. She is well known in the Hispanic world as the Queen of the Microstory and employs her writing to narrate various aspects of the Jewish experience.

Hadley Robinson as Vivian in "Moxie"

"Moxie" Is More than Fiction

Larisa Klebe

Moxie illustrates what life is like for teenage girls in America.

Topics: Feminism, Film

Nina Totenberg

Nina Totenberg has broken important stories on the United States Supreme Court during more than four decades of covering legal affairs for National Public Radio. She helped bring to public attention the previously hidden issue of sexual harassment during the controversial confirmation hearing of Justice Clarence Thomas and has received numerous accolades as a path-breaker in the male-dominated world of Washington journalism.   

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman is an actress and activist who takes pride in her acting roles as a reflection of her activism. Her ultimate goal is to raise awareness of the role and importance of women.

Hedy Lamarr

Austrian film star Hedy Lamarr was best known in her day as an exotic beauty, cast in Hollywood as a foreign temptress. Yet during the war, with composer George Antheil, she invented a system for torpedoing U-Boats that was patented and then forgotten.

Women in Israeli Cinema

 For many years, women played a secondary role in Israeli cinema, with little voice of their own and limited largely to objects of the male gaze. More recently, women filmmakers, often emphasizing autobiographical narratives, have begun to critique the patriarchal family and present new perceptions of female sexuality and female social roles.

Judith Katzir

Yehudit Katzir (b. 1963) is an Israeli author who emerged as a leading female voice in what had been a male-dominated literary field until the 1980s. Her novels and short stories are noted for their idiosyncratic and lyrical language, as well as their focus on female identity and treatment of taboo themes.

Joan Micklin Silver, 1935–2020

Abstract notions of feminism never interested Joan; specific women and their stories did. Yet without setting out to do so, Joan Silver influenced generations of women to come. She was a trail-blazer, a risk-taker, a champion of other women directors. 

Wonder Woman 1984 promo image

'Wonder Woman 1984' Is Not Good

Larisa Klebe

The Wonder Woman sequel isn't good. And that's OK.

Topics: Film
Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams in "Dick," 1999

1999 Watergate Comedy, "Dick," Teaches Us to Take Teen Girls Seriously

Eliza Bayroff

What can we learn from this 1999 coming-of-age comedy in 2020?

Gilmore Girls Friday Night Dinner

We Need a Jewish Bechdel Test

Ariel Finkle

Too often Jewish characters are the butts of jokes or used as trauma porn fodder. Enter the Finkle Test.

Topics: Television, Film
Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr: Not Your Average Movie Star

Hannah Landau

Hedy Lamarr teaches us to be whatever the heck we want to be.

Topics: Film, Inventors
Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles

Film Review: "Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles"

Dr. Helene Meyers

After watching Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles, viewers will likely find themselves humming “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Tradition” for days.

Topics: Film, Theater

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