Prof. Eric A. Goldman to present ‘The American Jewish Story through Cinema’
Author: Jenn Director Knudsen, Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies
Posted: December 16, 2013

Prof. Eric A. Goldman to present ‘The American Jewish Story through Cinema’

The 9th annual Gus & Libby Solomon Memorial Lecture at PSU features expert on Jewish-American and Yiddish film

The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University invites you to attend the 9th annual Gus & Libby Solomon Memorial Lecture. Eric A. Goldman, professor, author and Jewish film expert, will speak on “The American-Jewish Story Through Cinema.” His book of the same title and now in paperback will be available for purchase at the end of his remarks.

The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 23, 2014, in the Smith Memorial Student Union’s Browsing Lounge (rm. 238), on the PSU campus. Generous event cosponsors are the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation. Goldman’s lecture is free and open to the public. [ event flyer ]

Eric Goldman has written extensively on the Jewish experience in film. Published in April 2013 by the University of Texas Press Austin, “The American Jewish Story Through Cinema” chronicles the American-Jewish encounter with movies. Says actor, writer, and director Liev Schrieber of the professor’s work, “Eric Goldman’s thorough and thoughtful book lends a compelling perspective on the ever-evolving relationship between cinema and the American-Jewish experience.”

Richard (Dick) Solomon and Alyce Flitcraft created the Gus & Libby Solomon Memorial Lecture in memory of his parents, Judge Gus J. Solomon and Elisabeth (Libby) Solomon, who were well-known legal and Jewish activists at home and nationwide. In 1989, the United States Courthouse in Portland was given Gus' name, as he’s Oregon’s longest-serving U.S. District Court judge; he served on the bench for 37 years. And Libby is credited with helping to create what became the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies. In 1999, she began talks with PSU's then-Dean Marvin Kaiser and then-President Daniel Bernstine about creating Judaic Studies at this University. Gus died in 1987; Libby died in 2004.

Goldman is founder and president of Ergo Media Inc., a New Jersey-based video publishing company specializing in Jewish and Israeli video. He is an expert and lecturer on Yiddish, Israeli, and Jewish film and noted film educator. He was curator of film for the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, where he supervised the preservation of Yiddish films, and for many years he curated and moderated the film program at the Center for Jewish History and Yeshiva University in New York City. Dr. Goldman has also produced and directed for radio, television, video and film.

Goldman received a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University and was a fellow of the Max Weinreich Center for Eastern European Jewish Studies at Columbia University. He is adjunct associate professor of cinema at Yeshiva University and The Jewish Theological Seminary.

About the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

Since 1920, the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland has been at the heart of Portland's Jewish community – serving as a unifying force, meeting critical needs and saving lives locally and around the world. The Jewish Federation is the central planning, coordinating, and fundraising body for a wide range of local and international agencies that offer the entire community a broad spectrum of humanitarian programs. In addition to running a $3.5 M annual campaign, Federation serves a powerful advocate, develops communal leaders, and provides a chance to get connected. To learn more visit

About the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation

Oregon Jewish Community Foundation (OJCF) provides leadership in community legacy development and planned giving for donors and community nonprofit agencies. The foundation currently has more than $75 million in assets under management including endowments, donor advised funds, trusts and funds held for 26 Partner Organizations. Since 1989, OJCF’s mission has been to create, promote and facilitate a culture of giving and to serve as a guardian of permanent funds available to safeguard the quality of Jewish communal life in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Visit OJCF at or

About the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University

Judaic Studies employs the critical methodologies of university scholarship to examine all aspects of the history, religion, culture, and social and political formations of the Jewish people. Judaic Studies therefore enhances our understanding of world history, and allows critical insight into a vital strand in the tapestry of world culture. It offers the opportunity for students of all backgrounds to explore a rich civilization that is both nourished by ancient traditions, and shaped through creative encounters and ongoing interactions with other cultures. At the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University, this enterprise is conducted through a variety of academic courses and summer programming, lectures and research symposia, scholarly conferences and cultural events.