The Yiddish Book Center (1021 West St., Amherst, MA 01002) will screen Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg on June 15 at 2:00 PM. Details can be found on their website.
Anshei Emuna Congregation in Delray Beach, Florida will screen Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg on March 3. If you live in Southern Florida, be sure to check it out. Details can be found on their website: http://ansheiemuna.org/wp/movies/
Over the weekend, The New York Times published an imaginative and entertaining “family tree” for Woody Allen’s cultural influences and descendants. Not surprisingly, Gertrude Berg (as Molly Goldberg, “The Yiddishe Momme” of TV’s first sitcom, “The Goldbergs”) is at the top of the tree. Referencing her huge influence over comedians and comedy in the 20th century, the graphic describes her as “an archetypal force of nature who gives birth to a motley line of yakkers, scribblers and jokers.”
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The Forward reports on a fascinating new exhibit of Jewish cookbooks at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. On display in the university’s special collections library is a compendium of rare books showcasing Jewish foods, recipes and other culinary traditions in the United States dating back to the late 19th century. If you’re in the Ann Arbor area, make sure to stop by the library.
Included in the exhibit is The Molly Goldberg Cookbook, written by Gertrude Berg, star of “The Goldbergs.” Although by her own admission Berg was ironically not the most talented cook, the meals she prepared on her show became iconic of American Jewish home life for a generation of TV watchers.
A newer edition of Berg’s cookbook is available for purchase at Amazon.com. You can also buy an official Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg apron (and a copy of Aviva Kempner’s 2009 documentary about Berg) here, on our website.
Lisa Traiger Washington Jewish Week asked Adam Goldberg, creator of ABC’s new sitcom, “The Goldbergs,” for his thoughts on Gertrude Berg’s “The Goldbergs,” the first sitcom on television decades ago.
Show creator Adam Goldberg, 37, said he knew a little bit about the original Goldbergs program. “When you grow up with the last name Goldberg, everyone says to you ‘Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg,’ but I didn’t know it was a TV show until about eight years ago. I always thought it was just a radio show.” He saw Kempner’s documentary and allowed that Berg’s early work as a woman in the male-dominated radio and television fields was groundbreaking. “I feel like it’s just not well-known. To have had a woman be a show creator and writer at that time, as well as an actor, is amazing.”
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WXXI in Rochester will screen Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg again, on July 21st at 10:30 PM. If you live in the Rochester area, be sure to tune in.
For more information, visit WXXI’s website.
Rachel Shukert has written a great preview for the new ABC show, “The Goldbergs” (not to be confused with Gertrude Berg’s pioneering show of the same name) for Tablet Magazine. Although the new show, created by Adam Goldberg and set in the 1980s, is not a remake of the wonderful 1930s and 1940s sitcom featured in Aviva Kempner’s 2009 film Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, Shukert draws a clear line between the two shows that go by the same name. Both present a Jewish family to a mass television audience as universally identifiable, while not hiding their Jewish identity.
“The Goldbergs” will premiere on ABC this fall. You can watch a preview of the show in the Tablet article.
Alessandra Stanley wrote a great article about Tina Fey in today’s New York Times, looking back at the run of her show, “30 Rock,” before its final episode airs tonight (Thursday). As a female star and writer on “30 Rock,” Stanley rightly gives Fey a lot of credit for paving the way for the current crop of network sitcoms helmed by women, like “Mindy,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Whitney,” while not forgetting her own predecessors, an extremely short list that includes the creator of the indelible Molly Goldberg.
Before Ms. Fey there were almost no women on network television who created and wrote their own shows and starred in them. One of the more notable exceptions dates to the days of black-and-white: Gertrude Berg created, wrote and starred in a hit radio comedy about a Jewish matriarch in the Bronx that was turned into a CBS sitcom, “The Goldbergs,” in 1949. (The New York Times, Jan 30th, 2013)
Congratulations to Ms. Fey on her success in an industry that, half a century after “The Goldbergs,” is still unfortunately dominated by men.
Today, January 10th, marks the 64th anniversary of the television premiere of Gertrude Berg’s “The Goldbergs.” Haaretz wrote about television show and Berg’s life in an article posted this morning:
On January 10, 1949, “The Goldbergs,” a popular long-running radio show, had its television premiere on CBS. The weekly show, about a Jewish immigrant family living in the Bronx, New York, and its environs (as they became acclimated to America, they moved to Connecticut), was created and written by, and starred, Gertrude Berg, who played family matriarch Molly Goldberg.
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WXXI in Rochester will screen the fabulously entertaining documentary of Gertrude Berg’s life, Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg just in time for Chanukah in early December. If you live in the Rochester area, be sure to tune in on December 10th at 9:00pm.
For more information, visit WXXI’s website.