A Makeover for Ratner?

By Tony Michels

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), April 2009

Michels responds to a recent news article announcing a new kind of Jewish male character in film and television. He notes that the Jewish tough guy is not altogether new to the screen, although the tough Jew has never displaced the predominant stereotype of the skinny, brainy, neurotic Jew. Does this mean the weak, pale, meek nervous Jew, the nebbish, will be replaced, and if so, at what cost? The author cautions that if American Jews genuinely want to feel at home in America, they should also be able to feel at ease with the nebbish.

Topic: Stereotypes, Movies, Culture, Men, Media, Film, Women, Assimilation, Television

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.39/no.659

Page Number(s): 13-14

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Michels, Tony. A Makeover for Ratner?. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). April 2009: 13-14. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7389


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