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0:00 - Introduction 0:37 - Jim's Family's Background

Keywords: Alsace-Lorraine, France; Bessarabia; Bohemia, Czech Republic; Brooklyn, New York; father; German language; grandfather; grandmother; grandparents; great-grandfather; great-grandmother; great-grandparents; Habsburg Empire; Hungarian language; immigrants; immigration; Maków Mazowiecki, Poland; mother; New York City; parents; Slovakia; Ukraine; Varshah; Varshava; Warsaw, Poland; Warszawa

2:22 - Jim Describes Where He Grew Up

Keywords: cousins; father; Fresh Meadows, Queens; Manhattan, New York; mother; New York City; parents; Queens, New York; sister; Stuyvesant Town–Peter Cooper Village, Manhattan; World War 2; World War II; WW2; WWII; Yorkville, Manhattan

4:41 - The Degree of Jewish Observance in Jim's Childhood Home

Keywords: 1930s; 1950s; Adolph Hitler; anti-Semitism; antisemitism; bar mitzvah; bar-mitsve; Catholicism; Catholics; chedar; cheder; civil rights movement; East European Jews; elementary school; father; German Jews; Germany; Hebrew school; heder; High Holidays; Holocaust; Holocaust survivors; Hungarian Jews; Hungarian Revolution of 1956; immigrants; immigration; Israel; Jewish holidays; Jewish identity; Jewish observance; Jews; Judaism; junior high school; kheyder; middle school; mother; New Deal; New York City; parents; parochial schools; Passover; Pesach; peysekh; public schools; refugees; Rosh Hashanah; rosheshone; secular Judaism; seders; Shavuos; Shavuot; Shevuos; Shoah; shvues; Simchas Torah; simkhes toyre; traditional religious school; World War 2; World War II; WW2; WWII; Yom Kippur; yom tovim; yomim tobim; yomim tovim; yontoyvim

11:53 - Jim's Exposure to Yiddish as a Child

Keywords: Altoona, Pennsylvania; aunt; Brooklyn, New York; cousins; English language; father; German language; grandmother; great-grandmother; Hudson, New York; Hungarian language; mother; New York City; North Adams, Massachusetts; parents; Texas; The Bronx, New York; uncle; Upper Manhattan, New York; Yiddish language

16:19 - The Beginning of Jim's Interest in Film

Keywords: "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"; film; film critics; Manhattan, New York; MoMA; movies; Museum of Modern Art; New York City

17:20 - How Going to College Outside of New York City Affected Jim's Jewish Identity

Keywords: Binghamton University; Binghamton, New York; Brooklyn College; Brooklyn, New York; children; college; communism; Francis Lewis High School; Fresh Meadows, New York; Harpur College; high school; Holocaust survivors; Jewish communists; Jewish identity; Jewish secularism; Jewish socialists; Jewish summer camps; mother; New York City; New York State Regents Scholarship; NYS Regents Scholarship; Passover; Pesach; peysekh; Queens College, City University of New York; Queens, New York; red diaper babies; Regents Examinations; RFK; Robert F. Kennedy; Robert Kennedy; secular Judaism; seders; State University of New York at Binghamton; SUNY Binghamton; university

22:29 - How Jim Has Celebrated Passover Over the Years

Keywords: appetizers; appetizing stores; Berkeley, California; bodega; Brooklyn, New York; Bundism; children; college; congregation; cousins; English language; father; feminism; German Jews; grandfather; grandmother; grandparents; great-aunt; great-uncle; Haggadah; hagode; Hebrew language; in-laws; Inwood, New York; kids; Manhattan, New York; Maxwell House Haggadah; mother; New York City; Passover; Pesach; peysekh; progressivism; Reform Judaism; relatives; schul; seders; shul; sister; synagogue; temple; uncle; university; wife

29:28 - Jim Talks about College and Graduate School

Keywords: 1970s; census takers; college; Columbia University; English department; film department; film society; films; freelance writing; graduate school; literature; MFA; movies; New York City; New York City Water Board; NYC Water Board; photographers; taxicab drivers; theater; theatre; university

32:25 - Jim's Connection to YIVO

Keywords: "Catskill Honeymoon"; "Image Before My Eyes"; bar mitzvah; bar-mitsve; chedar; cheder; Delancey Street; exhibit; father; grandmother; Hebrew language; Hebrew school; heder; Hollywood; Jewish culture; kheyder; Lower East Side, New York; Monticello, New York; Neue Galerie New York; New York City; Orchard Street; photographers; progressivism; secular Yiddish school; Sholem Aleichem Folkshul Sistem; shule; traditional religious school; Upper Manhattan, New York; Yiddish culture; Yiddish film; Yiddish language; YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

38:35 - Jim's Yiddish Studies in Graduate School

Keywords: "Bridge of Light"; chedar; cheder; College Yiddish: An Introduction To The Yiddish Language And To Jewish Life And Culture; Columbia University; Hebrew alphabet; Hebrew school; heder; Itsye Mordkhe Schaechter; kheyder; Manhattan, New York; Mordche Schaechter; Mordekhai Shekhṭer; Mordkhe Schaechter; Motkhe Schaechter; New York City; School of the Arts; traditional religious school; Uriel Weinreich; Yiddish course; Yiddish film; Yiddish language; Yiddish newspapers; YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

42:05 - Jim's Years with "The Village Voice"

Keywords: "The Village Voice"; 1970s; film criticism; films; movie theaters; movies; New York City Water Board; NYC Water Board; writing; Yiddish film; Yiddish language

46:05 - Connections Between Jim's Work and Yiddish Language and Culture

Keywords: "Forverts"; "Green fields"; "Grine felder (Green fields)"; "Pakn Treger"; "Tevya"; "The Forward"; "The Jewish Daily Forward"; "The Village Voice"; "The Yiddish Daily Forward"; 92nd Street Y; Arbeter Ring; author; Canada; film criticism; Film Forum; Jewish culture; Jewish history; Manhattan, New York; Montreal International Yiddish Theatre Festival; Montréal, Québec; Montreal, Québec; New York City; Omus Hirschbein; Perets Hirshbeyn; Peretz Hirschbein; Sharon Pucker Rivo; Sharon Rivo; The Jewish Museum; Workers Circle; Workmen’s Circle; writer; writing; Yiddish culture; Yiddish film; Yiddish language; Yiddish literature; Yiddish poetry; YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

51:48 - Jim's Jewish Identity as an Adult

Keywords: bas mitzvah; bas-mitsve; bat mitzvah; bath mitzvah; children; Christmas; daughters; father-in-law; grandparents; immigrants; immigration; Israel; Jewish home; Jewish identity; Jewish traditions; kids; KlezKamp; New York City; New York City Department of Education; parents; Passover; Pesach; peysekh; seders; sister; social workers; The Bronx, New York; wife; Yiddish language

58:13 - Jim Talks about KlezKamp

Keywords: films; Henry Sapoznik; KlezKamp; klezmer music; klezmorim; movies; musicians; National Center for Jewish Film; Yiddish film; Yiddish language; Yiddishkayt; Yiddishkeit; YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

60:24 - Jim's Thoughts about Israel

Keywords: father; Jerusalem Film Festival; Jerusalem, Israel; Jewish Identity; Jews; Maurice M. Dwek Guest House; Mishkenot Sha'ananim; Moses Montefiore; Oslo Accords; Palestinian National Authority; Ramallah, West Bank

63:29 - Jim's Talks about College Teaching

Keywords: 1980s; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Cinema Studies; film history; Harvard University; Jewish film; Jewish students; Manhattan, New York; New York City; New York University; newspapers; NYU; teaching; The Cooper Union; Yiddish culture; Yiddish film

70:16 - Jim's Thoughts on Modern Jewish Film

Keywords: "Footnote"; "Hearat Shulayim"; authors; Cannes Film Festival; Cannes, France; editors; Festival de Cannes; Franz Kafka; Israeli films; Jewish films; writing

71:52 - Jim's Experiences as a Curator

Subjects: "Entertaining America: Jews, Movies, and Broadcasting"; curation; curators; exhibits; Jeffrey Shandler; Manhattan, New York; museums; New York City; puppet theater; puppetry; teaching; The Jewish Museum; writing; Yiddishist; Yosel Cutler; Yosl Cutler; Zuni Maud

74:29 - Jim Considers Jewishness as a Historical Construct

Keywords: grandparents; Holocaust; Jewish history; Jewish identity; Latin language; Poland; psychoanalytic theory; Shoah; Sigmund Freud; silent films; silent movies; World War 2; World War II; WW2; WWII; Yiddish language

78:59 - Concluding Thoughts
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