Jews and the Invention of the Movies

Resource Kit by
Josh Lambert

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It is a fascinating historical coincidence that movies were invented and popularized at the same time that Jews were immigrating to America in astonishing numbers, roughly between 1895 and 1915. Even before the rise of the Hollywood studios, Jews were already being represented in this compelling medium, and they also were responding to the movies as a new, powerful force in their lives. The material in this resource kit will help teachers educate their students about the role of Jews in the first decades of cinema and Jewish immigrants’ reactions to the new medium.

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