Larry Lowenthal will speak on Sunday, October 7 about the pivotal role of Jewish immigrants in founding the American film industry. He will explore the creation of the Hollywood studio system, the great Jewish film stars who changed their names during the anti-Semitic 1930s and 1940s, and the evolution of the Jewish image on screen through the 80-year history of American film.

Potluck dinner at 5:30 PM, followed by dessert and the program at 6:30 PM. Please RSVP if you are coming to the 5:30 dinner.


Born and raised in New York, Dr. Lowenthal is a popular speaker on a variety of subjects including anti-Semitism, intergroup relations and Jews in popular American culture. He has BA and MA degrees from Northwestern University and a PhD from New York University. After teaching in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv from 1970–1975 and serving in the Israeli army, he returned to the United States with his family and was director of a number of Jewish organizations, including the American Jewish Committee, the oldest human relations organization in America. He is known as an intergroup relations specialist, bringing together members of the Boston Jewish community with African-Americans, Indians, Muslims, Palestinians, Africans, Poles and others. From 2008–2014, he was a professor at Northeastern teaching courses on the impact of Jews on modern culture.