Documentary examines Jewish Americans

January 7, 2008 5:26:17 PM PST
David Grubin, Director of PBS's Epic Documentary, shows a new film about Jewish Americans. Learn the characteristics that make strong women so successful.

The documentary "The Jewish Americans" begins Wednesday (1/9/08) on PBS and airs over the next two weeks.

About the movie:
The Jewish Americans explores how we pass along our heritage from one generation to the next. It is the most challenging when kids face adversity from their peers, and parents want their children to fit in, but still want their children to be proud of themselves and stand up for themselves. We examine strong women in history that have been inspiration to all women.

PBS will air "The Jewish Americans" over three weeks on January 9, 16 and 23, 2008. The jewish americans, a three-part documentary series written and directed by the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker David Grubin. "The Jewish Americans" goes on to tell the stories of Jews who have participated in major milestones and cultural phases of U.S. history. Anna Solomon, a 19th century frontier woman who operated a successful store and hotel in an Arizona town that would eventually be named for her family.

Other Jewish cultural and historic figures in "The Jewish Americans" include:

  • the first Jewish U.S. Supreme Court justice; Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the only Jewish woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Bess Myerson, the first Jewish Miss America; Jewish Americans involved in the Civil Rights movement during the 1960s.
  • Betty Friedan, a founder of the modern feminist movement.
  • Matisyahu, the popular Hasidic rapper who combines hip-hop music with traditional Jewish themes, as well as many others.

    About David Grubin:
    David Grubin is a producer, director, writer and cinematographer who has won every major award in his field, including three George Foster Peabody Awards, two Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards and nine Emmy Awards. As the president of David Grubin Productions, Inc., he has produced more than 100 films on subjects ranging from history to art, and from poetry to science. A member of the executive committee of the Society of American Historians, Grubin has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, has been a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College, and is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Hamilton College. He is a member of the Directors Guild and the Writers Guild and serves on the board of directors of the Film Forum.