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ASU Judaic Center hosts film screening

Published: 12:25 PM, 06/28/2012

‘Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg’ shown July 8

Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies will be showing Aviva Kempner’s “Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg” at 2:30 p.m. July 8 in Room 114 at the Appalachian State University library.

The film is free and open to the public. A discussion and refreshments will follow the film. The Joseph and Frieda Ross Foundation is sponsoring the event.

According to its official website, “Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg” is the story of television pioneer Gertrude Berg, who was the creator, principal writer, and star of “The Goldbergs,” a popular radio show for 17 years. After that, the show became television’s very first character-driven domestic sitcom in 1949. The TV series combined comedy and social commentary with Jewish characters. What made the TV show so interesting is that the main character Molly bridged two worlds —  the important family values of honest work and community compassion.

The documentary is also important for its frank discussion of blacklisting. Berg received the first Best Actress Emmy in history and paved the way for women in the entertainment industry.

The documentary includes interviews with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actor Ed Asner, producers Norman Lear (“All in the Family”) and Gary David Goldberg (“Family Ties”) and NPR correspondent Susan Stamberg. This film introduces the Goldbergs to a new audience.

ASU’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies offers educational programs to students, teachers and community members. The center’s mission is to strengthen tolerance, understanding and remembrance by increasing the knowledge of Jewish culture and history, teaching the history and meaning of the Holocaust and using these experiences to explore peaceful avenues for human improvement and the prevention of future genocides.

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