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The Jewish Americans to Air

January 12, 2008

A new three-part PBS series, The Jewish Americans, will premiere on Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV-10) Wednesdays, Jan. 9, 16, and 23 at 8 p.m. The historical documentary will be repeated on MPTV-36 Mondays, Jan. 14, 21, and 28 at 8 p.m.

The Jewish Americans tells the story of a tiny minority's struggle to become part of the American mainstream, making remarkable contributions to American history, the arts, commerce, science and academia. The production was written and directed by the Emmy Award-winning filmmaker David Grubin.

Beginning in the 1700s, the two-hour episodes show an immigrant people who faced bigotry and rejection. The presentation chronicles their efforts to embrace American culture while keeping alive their traditions and heritage.

As it traces the integration of each new wave, The Jewish Americans tells the stories of Jews who have participated in major milestones and cultural phases of U.S. history. Among them are Hank Greenberg, Detroit's baseball slugger; Louis Brandeis, the first Jewish U.S. Supreme Court justice; Carl Reiner, Sid Caesar, Jerry Stiller and other "Borscht Belt" comedians; Betty Friedan, a founder of the modern feminist movement, and many others.