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Schmooze 'n Learn: Sitcoms and Jewish Identities

Sunday, March 14, 2021 1 Nisan 5781

10:30 AM - 12:00 PMZoom

On the second Sunday each month from 10:30-noon, Rabbi Liz leads a Zoom schmooze for us to chat and catch up for the first 30 minutes, followed by an OrH member  presentation on a subject dear to their heart. More information at

Topic: Sitcoms and Jewish Identities from the Goldbergs to the Goldbergs 
Speaker: Jenny Cherniak

When people think of Jewish sitcoms, they think Seinfeld and Curb your Enthusiasm. But the marriage of Jewish life and sitcoms neither begins nor ends with Jerry and Larry. In fact, without Jews, there would be no sitcoms at all. As the descendant of Yiddish folklore and Borscht Belt-era entertainment, the Jewish roots of the contemporary sitcom run deep. Jewish humour and history provide the foundations for television comedy in ways that are not as obvious as one would think. In this informative and informal presentation, Jennie will trace television’s Jewishness from the first broadcasts to the latest webisodes. Jennifer Cherniack is an artist and arts administrator in Ottawa. She makes art about language- the common, and not so common ways in which we communicate information- with a particular interest in television, the internet, and humour.

OrH Zoom protocols:

1. Please ensure that you sign in to the service using a screen name that clearly identifies you (i.e., first and last name or household name only). If you cannot be identified you may be removed from the service.

2. Please ensure that you are muted at all times, unless you are asked to unmute.

3. If you plan to call in to the event using one of the telephone access numbers, you must send an email to in advance of the event indicating the phone number you will use to sign in. If you cannot be identified you may be removed from the event.

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