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On August 13th, 1942, the government of the United States began a project that would change human history. Urged on by physicists Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard and proceeding under the direction of Robert Oppenheimer and involving literally dozens of Jewish physicists, chemists and mathematicians the Manhattan Project would be the greatest work ever undertaken. They knew that they were in a race against the Germans to develop a weapon of mass destruction. The fate of the world hung in the balance.

(Requires PowerPoint or Google Slides) 7_The Men Who Made The Atomic Bomb

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The Ner Tamid Lectures #4 “You Oughta Be In Pictures” A History of Jews In Cinema

On October 6, 1927, audiences line up outside the Warner Bros. flagship theater to see the first full-length movie with synchronized audible dialog: The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson.  Movies would be forever changed.

Almost all the major studios in Hollywood were founded by Jewish industry pioneers:

  • Carl Laemmle > Universal Studios (1912)
  • Adolph Zukor > Paramount Studios (1912)
  • Harry Cohn > Columbia Pictures (1919)
  • Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack Warner > Warner Bros. (1923)
  • Marcus Loew > Metro-Goldwyn (1924), becomes Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer also known as MGM
  • David Sarnoff > RKO (1925)

This is their story.

(Requires PowerPoint or Google Slides) 4_You Oughta Be In Pictures

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