Dr. Eric Goldman — historian, educator, and expert on Yiddish, Israeli, and Jewish film — will present a free three-part course on “The American Jewish Experience through Cinema” in January at Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell.
An adjunct professor of cinema at Yeshiva University, Goldman served as the host, with Robert Osborne, of the Turner Classic Movies 2014 series “The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film.”
Goldman is founder and president of Ergo Media, a New Jersey-based publishing company specializing in Jewish and Israeli video. A former director of the Jewish Media Service, he was curator of film for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and a member of the Educational Advisory Committee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. For over a decade, he moderated the film series “Lens on Israel” at the 92nd Street Y.
Goldman has written extensively on the Jewish experience in film, including as author of The American Jewish Story Through Cinema and Visions, Images and Dreams: Yiddish Film Past and Present. He has also produced and directed for radio, television, film, and video, and has authored and produced over a dozen DVDs. Last summer, he was a fellow at Brandeis University’s Schusterman Institute for Israel Studies.
The series Goldman will present at CAI will include screenings of clips from classic movies to illustrate the social, political, and cultural realities of each era.
The programs will take place Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. (Snow date: Feb. 4)
Jan. 14: The Immigrant Experience — Hollywood’s filmmakers, representative of a new wave of immigrants, struggled with the tensions of American life.
Jan. 21: Guaranteeing Freedom — A new generation that had to contend with bigotry was looking for its rightful place in American society.
Jan. 28: Coming of Age — Jews find an unprecedented comfort level in America.