Now Starring at USC…


Groucho Marx, Barbara Streisand, Paul Newman, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Elie Wiesel.


What do Groucho Marx, Sid Caeser, and Mel Brooks have in common? How does Yiddish culture continue to influence contemporary Jewish life? What is the connection between romance and Jewish identity?


The USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life invites you to explore the answers to these and other provocative questions of modern Jewish life through the Jewish Heritage Video Collection–an exciting approach to Jewish education through media.


At the heart of the Jewish Heritage Video Collection is an incredible video lending library of nearly 200 titles, including feature films, children’s programs, foreign and Yiddish classics, television programs, and documentaries. Tapes range from the immensely popular children’s series Shalom Sesame to Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed Schindler’s List. All programs have been carefully chosen for the richness of their Jewish content. The JHVC also contains a series of stimulating course guides and study materials developed by a committee of prominent scholars.


USC and HUC faculty and students can borrow videos from the Collection for educational use. We encourage faculty from a wide range of disciplines to incorporate the videos into courses they already teach or to create new courses with the JHVC course guides. Students should use the Collection to illustrate and provide context for concepts they are studying, to aid in research, and to give a broader and deeper understanding of Jewish thought and culture. Videos will be loaned for one week if being taught in a course and for two days otherwise. The Jewish Heritage Video Collection was donated to the Casden Institute by the Righteous Persons Foundation. The JHVC was conceived and developed by the Jewish Media Fund, with funding from the Charles H. Revson Foundation. Members of the JHVC advisory committee include Abba Eban, Elie Wiesel, Newton Minow, Richard Dreyfuss, Paul Mazursky, and Joan Micklin Silver. Below is a listing of all the titles in the Collection arranged within seven categories. Please contact us if you would like to borrow from the JHVC or see a more detailed catalog.