Presenters: Irv Slifkin & Laurence Lerman, Film Historians
Tuesday October 12, 2021 @ 1:30PM - In person option at the JCC* and via Zoom.
What is it about Brooklyn that has made it show business’s most fertile breeding ground for so many of the world’s most talented Jewish entertainers? Discover the colorful, culturally rich neighborhoods of Coney Island, Prospect Park, Flatbush, Brooklyn Heights, Bay Ridge and Bed-Stuy, which have given us the likes of Adam Sandler, Joan Rivers, Barbra Streisand, Harvey Keitel, Marvin Hamlisch, Lena Dunham, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Elliott Gould, Jerry Goldsmith, Debra Messing, Phil Silvers, and many more.  We also look at the indelible image of Jewish Brooklyn as portrayed in film and television over the years.

Irv Slifkin and Laurence Lerman are the curators of FilmShul, an informative, engaging and fun series of presentations on Hollywood and the Jewish American Experience.  Irv teaches film and journalism at Temple University and Rowan College. He is the author of the books Filmadelphia: A Celebration of a City’s Movies and Groovy Movies: Far-Out Films of the Psychedelic Era, and has written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Entertainment Weekly, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and The Hollywood Reporter.  Laurence has written about film and video for more than 30 years for such outlets as Variety, Entertainment Weekly, The Morning Call and Video Business Magazine, where he served as a Senior Editor for 15 years. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of, a popular Blu-ray and DVD website, and has worked with such major and independent studios as MGM, Sony, Music Box Films, Cohen Media, Sterling Productions and Kino International.

REGISTRATION FEE: $8/Member; $11/Guest

TO REGISTER: Call the JCC Front Desk at 732-494-3232 or/ For in-person registration please click HERE. For a Zoom registration please click HERE.

If you plan to attend via Zoom, once registration is completed, you will receive a Zoom invitation prior to the program.  Registration closes at 12pm on October 12th. Sorry, no refunds.