Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement

A Partnership between the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion,
Omar Ibn Al Khattab Foundation, & USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture


  • Overview of Jewish Humor Jewish humor is the long tradition of humor in Judaism found in Torah and Midrash, but generally refers to the more recent stream of verbal, self-deprecating and often anecdotal humor originating in Eastern Europe and taking root in the United States over the last hundred years
  • History of Jewish Humor Jewish humor provides a unique entry into the Jewish psyche from biblical times until today


  • Film 101 For nearly as long as films have been made, movies have been influenced by Jewish characters, themes, and plots, as well as by Jewish directors, actors, and especially, executives and producers
  • This website archives Jewish films by year of release and theme
  • "Jewish History- Popcorn Included" New York Times , October 1, 2009 Reviewing the Coen brothers' A Serious Man, this article explores the character of Jews and Judaism in film

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