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The Jews of Hollywood Part III

Location: The Legacy Midtown Park
When: Thursdays from 10:45 – 11:45 AM,  September 21 – November 2
Price: $100 Members | $125 NonMembers

“Lights, Camera, Action!” These three words have propelled an industry that was, and continues to be largely created and supported by Jewish artists. This class will be a continuation of the last, moving through the second half of the 20th century. Covering the greatest Jewish directors, producers, writers, and performers who made movie history in America and throughout the world. Based largely on the Neil Gabler book book “An Empire of Their Own” our weekly class will start with the Jewish movie moguls who went from Poland to Polo in one generation and the Jewish artists that followed. You will be fascinated to learn how many Hollywood stars are in fact Jewish! There will be weekly film clips and discussions about the effects of world history on the the changing style of movies, and feature sing-a-long songs when appropriate.


About the Instructor
Mark Kreditor is the grandson of a cantorial student from Ukraine and sang in Synagogue, leading services since he was 8 years old. As a student in Boston, he played piano 5 nights a week in sing-along bars and pubs, where he began to correlate the biographical connections of the Jewish songwriters, their religious upbringing, and the melodic flavors of their songs. While building a residential property management company in Dallas, he also taught music history and lectured around the country about the Jewish songwriters that built the American Songbook. He has spoken annually at The Highland Park Methodist Church in the Rejebian lecture series and at many other churches and Synagogues in the Metroplex. As a songwriter, his original compositions have been featured at area religious day schools and nationally at real estate conferences. He lives in Preston Hollow with his wife Carol, a former executive at Trammell Crow Company. Mark is a past VP of the J Board and is a much-beloved faculty member in The Gesher Program at the Aaron Family JCC in Dallas, dynamic, engaging, and life-changing Jewish learning opportunities at the J! Gesher courses are developed by the Dallas area Rabbis and Educators for JCC Dallas.