Jews: Introductory Video
The Golden Land on the
An outstanding authority on American
Jewry both introduces one of six selected films and then follows up with
some thoughts that serve to raise a variety of questions about American
Jewish life for the viewer. The films discussed are Brighton Beach
Memoirs, The Frisco Kid, The Heartbreak Kid, Hester Street,
The Jazz Singer and The Way We Were. Authorities are Paul Cowen,
Eric Goldman, Paula Hyman, Egon Mayer, Deborah Dash Moore and Mordechai Newman. Each introduction
and summation is about five minutes in length. Does not include films!
60 min., #400, Color, DVD, With study guide, $39.95
Although these award-winning
videos relate to food, they also deal powerfully with tradition and history.
Food is very much part and parcel of the American Jewish experience.
BUY ALL THREE FOOD DVD's (#372) for $70.
Do you know the secret recipe for making
perfect chicken soup? This video traces an elderly Polish-Jewish couple, step by
step, through the painstaking preparation as well as the more enjoyable part-
the eating- of this true delicacy. One can genuinely appreciate why chicken soup
has become the quintessential Jewish soul food.
"Important Jews everywhere ask me about it."-Mel
14 min., #380, B&W, DVD, $25.95
Hot Bagels: The
A personable young bagel baker takes us on a guided tour through the
bagel-making process, from its origins to contemporary methods. This
lively, informative and tantalizing video illuminates the mysterious history
and curious purpose of the chewy, doughnut-shaped roll.
"All that's missing is the aroma and a sample
of the goods to complete this delectable and nutritious treat."-Booklist
12 min., #375, Color, DVD, $25.95
Three generations of women share their
individual methods for making Gefilte Fish. In the course of their
discuss commitment to family, tradition and its place in contemporary
society. Humorous, yet poignant.
"Director Silverstein has an arch sense of humor,
perfect for handling so slippery an issue."-San Francisco Examiner
American Video Conference Award Finalist
15 min., #370, Color, DVD, $25.95
American Lives: Jewish Stories
This documentary uses personal stories
to explore the challenges and joys of being Jewish in America. The stories are
meant to challenge you, not necessarily to provide answers. The first episode
takes place in a Jewish summer camp in Wisconsin. Three teens contrast their
diverse Jewish backgrounds with this unique Jewish summer camp experience. Next,
a 23 year-old Boston woman describes her personal struggle as someone with a
strong Jewish upbringing, in love with a Catholic man. Finally, a Baltimore
mother recounts her spiritual journey back to Judaism and how this continues to
impact her daily family life. An excellent trigger film!
"An engaging look at issues surrounding Jewish identity in contemporary America;
this is recommended."—Video Librarian
46 min., #431, Color, DVD, With study guide, $29.95