The Jewish World
Films: Golden Age of Second Avenue / Dybbuk / The Chosen
Projects: Choose ONE of the following!
A. Please watch both film versions of The Dybbuk that are streamed from the library. Next, do a bit more digging on the
play by S. Ansky. Find out what this play was about…why did he do the research and write it? Why has it become the
signature production of Israel’s Habima Theatre? Why does it resonate so deeply with Jews? And…any more questions
you’d like to ask. 2-3 page essay.
B. Watch The Chosen or, if you can find a copy, Yentl. Each story has powerful resonance for Jews: in The Chosen we find
two boys growing up, on orthodox Hassid and the other a Haskaleh enlightenment kid, though still observant;
presents a problem found in both Jewish and Muslim cultures—why can’t women be scholars and rabbis or work out on
their own? Tough issue…what to do? Consider and write about it.
C. Find out more about how the Jews founded Hollywood and/or Broadway theatre and stand-up comedy. Let your own
interests guide you, then decide how you’d like to present your thoughts: considering the work of one or two moguls or
directors or Broadway producers or playwrights or comedians…get the idea? Plenty to illustrate this topic with, no? 2-3
All projects should be submitted as an email attachment in Word.
Double-spaced text of 750 words or more (3 pages).
Inserted pictures should be in addition to the required length.
In all cases, be creative and try to reflect what you learned from the chapter and films to inform your project. Ask
questions: What’s worth knowing about this subject? What’s interesting about this culture? How does this culture reflect
the greater world community? How does religious faith influence the culture and its theatre and drama? What more
would you like to know? Explore and find out and share with me!