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May 15, 2018 1:00pm–3:00pm

The Eddie Cantor Story- A Jewish Life in Performance and Politics

Congregation Beth Emeth

12523 Lawyers Road

Herndon, Virginia 20171

Historian David Weinstein will discuss Eddie Cantor and the history of American Jewish popular entertainment,with a multi-media presentation featuring many rare photos, songs, and film clips.

David is the author of The Eddie Cantor Story: A Jewish Life in Performance in Politics (Brandeis University Press, 2017). The book documents Cantor’s significance as a performer, philanthropist, and activist. This is the first scholarly biography of Eddie Cantor (1892-1964), who starred in theater, film, radio, and television. The book highlights Cantor’s influence on American Jewish social and political history through his celebrity activism, including his courageous campaign against Nazism during the 1930s. The Eddie Cantor Story also explores Cantor’s influence on popular entertainment over nearly forty years, from the late 1910s through the early 1950s.

David Weinstein is an historian who lives and works in the Washington, D.C. area. David holds a Ph.D. in American studies and has taught at the University of Maryland and George Mason University. He has written and spoken widely about subjects ranging from early television to popular media to American Jewish history. David is a senior program officer in the Division of Public Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities.

At Beth Emeth, HAZAK is a congenial group for all interested adults of an uncertain age (generally 55+) who want to continue to grow their Jewish and World understanding in a friendly and welcoming environment. HAZAK members do not need to be CBE members.


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