Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Conservative Judaism is a (NBC) comedy

To some Conservative Judaism has been a sitcom for a long time:


..The NBC television network is developing a new half-hour situation comedy about seminarians in New York, written by the husband of a Los Angeles rabbi.
The show is titled "Morningside Heights," after the New York neighborhood where The Jewish Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary have their campuses across the street from each other.
David Light, the show's creator, is a onetime Camp Ramah camper and an observant Jew. His wife, Sharon Brous, is the rabbi of a thriving young congregation in Los Angeles known as Ikar. Brous was ordained by The Jewish Theological Seminary, Conservative Judaism's flagship institution. In real life, (
Y.O.: the following is not part of the comedic script!:) students at the seminary share dorms and some classes with the students at Union Theological Seminary, a nondenominational Christian...

Here are some laugh and plot lines I offer free of charge:

  • After hearing his teacher claim the Conservative movement abides by Halacha, a student scratches his (bare?) head while reading the Code Of Law
  • A class trip to Israel produces mass confusion as students get mixed up between the home and visiting countries differences of Conservative "Halacha" .
  • Students spending months trying to discover four generations of one family of Conservative Jews
  • A group of teachers try explaining: With Orthodox Judaism's remarkable perseverance, what is the point today of Conservative Judaism; and what do they stand for

Please don't confuse my ridiculing a group I'm deeply and genuinely bothered by, with my love for the entire Jewish People.

posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 11:49 PM


Anonymous jerusalemhomeboy said...

just a brilliant idea. there is an amazing amount to play with here that is truly funny. i can't wait to see this actually on the air!

10:30 AM  
Blogger Esther Kustanowitz said...

I get that you love the Jewish people, but just to clarify what you may not know, Conservative rabbinical students definitely wear kippot in school. And it is my understanding that such a show is not as much about the differences among denominations of Judaism, but in the contrast between a traditional(ish) Jewish seminarian studying to become a rabbi, and that of a non-Jewish seminarian studying some of the same texts and lessons, but from a decidedly different perspective. I hope this series moves from development to production--it could be a really interesting portrayal of what it is to be really Jewish (as opposed to Friends' Geller family or the entire cast of Seinfeld characters...)

12:20 AM  

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