The best upcoming Jewish TV, movies and books in 2022 – The Forward

2020 and 2021 are unlikely to be remembered as the most enjoyable years in American history, but if 2022 also turns out to be a dud, at least there will still be plenty of fresh reading and viewing material to go with. we will be able to engage from our childhood bedrooms and underground bunkers.

The year brings the revival of familiar names, with a new season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and newly translated essays by Isaac Bashevis Singer, as well as new interpretations of familiar stories, like historic communism among the Jews of Bronx and a television adaptation. from the novel “Fleishman is in Trouble”. Here’s hoping the pandemic ends soon and we’re too busy partying in empty hospitals to consume it.


Part 2 of Netflix’s “The Club”

When the first part of The Club premiered in November, it quickly charmed Turkish viewers, especially Jews, who recognized themselves in the show’s portrayal of 1950s Turkish history. The series, which is largely set in the Jewish community of Istanbul, follows Matilda, a woman released from prison 17 years after committing a murder mystery as a teenager, and her daughter, who grew up in an orphanage. Part 2 of the miniseries is now available to stream on Netflix.

The 2022 Winter Olympics

The US government will organize a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics this year due to China’s human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslim minorities. American athletes, however, will still be competing, as will four Israeli ice skaters, including Hailey Kops, a 19-year-old Orthodox Jew from New Jersey. The Olympics will be broadcast on NBC, and sports include skiing, snowboarding and ice hockey.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, season four

Season 3 of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” found Midge closer than ever to fulfilling her acting dreams to kick off her tour with famed singer Shy Baldwin. He also discovered that Midge’s parents, Abe and Rose, got stuck with her ex-in-laws in Queens after Abe quit his jobs at Columbia University and Bell Labs. Will a long-awaited fourth season see the clan reach new heights – or new lows? Check it out February 18 on Amazon Prime Video.


Billy Eichner, best known as the overly energetic and implausible host of “Billy on the Street,” steps into the lead role in this film, touted by his studio as “the first big-studio romantic comedy about two years old. “. homosexuals maybe, maybe, probably stumbling towards love. The film, which is produced by Judd Apatow and slated for release in August, has an all-LGBT tentative cast, including straight roles.

“The Fabelmans”

After directing his fair share of blockbusters, Steven Spielberg turns his gaze to his own life in this semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story, set in Arizona, where Spielberg grew up. Young actor Gabriel LaBelle will play budding young filmmaker Sammy Fabelman, and Seth Rogen will play his uncle.


Jews and Diamonds – What Could Go Wrong? Filmed in Dutch, English and Yiddish, this eight-part Netflix crime drama is set in the diamond district of Antwerp and follows the adventures of an Orthodox family of diamond dealers. The show’s airdate hasn’t been announced yet, as filming began in September, but it’s about time we got a (second?) Jewish Soprano.

“Fleishman is in trouble”, from the book by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Jesse Eisenberg and Lizzy Kaplan will star in Hulu’s adaptation of Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s debut novel, which Forward editor Talya Zax described as “an examination of power and gender that, because it is easy to read, somewhat masks its own complexity”. A premiere date has not been set, so it may (or may not!) happen in 2022.


“Most Dope: The Extraordinary Life of Mac Miller” by Paul Cantor

The unauthorized biography of Jewish rapper Mac Miller, who died of a drug overdose in 2018 aged 26, is embroiled in its own controversy. Miller’s family released a statement in May saying the author did not have meaningful access to important primary sources and discouraging fans from reading it, encouraging them instead to read a book called “The Book of Mac: Remembering Mac Miller” by Donna-Claire Chesman, released in October.

Literary critic Paul Cantor defended his biography to Page Six, saying of Miller, “I believe my book explores and contextualizes the life and art he left behind.” Either way, it’s sure to be interesting. Pre-order it here.

“Missing Time: Essays”, by Ari M. Brostoff

In this collection of essays, Brostoff, the cultural editor of Jewish Currents magazine, tackles the re-emerging millennial left, Philip Roth, Vivian Gornick, communism among Jewish immigrants in the Bronx around 1940, and other themes both Jews and Jews, while grappling with questions of sex and gender. Readers can pre-order it from the n+1 bookstore.

“I would like to say sorry, but there is no one to say sorry to” by Mikołaj Grynberg, translated by Sean Gasper Bye

Here, Grynberg, a Polish photographer and writer who has produced oral histories of Polish Jews, uses 31 fictional first-person vignettes of Jews and Gentiles to tell a story about interfaith relations in Poland’s past and present. Pre-order it here.

“American Shtetl: The Making of Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Village in Upstate New York” by Nomi M. Stolzenberg and David N. Myers

For 15 years, researchers Nomi M. Stolzenberg and David M. Myers have worked to document how a group of Yiddish-speaking Satmar Jews formed their own local government in Orange County, New York. With sympathy for their largely misunderstood subject, the authors explore the rapidly changing role of the Kiryas Joel Satmar community in American politics, as well as their place in American Jewry. Pre-order it here.

“Memory Loss Is Only Temporary: Stories” by Johanna Kaplan

Critics have mentioned Johanna Kaplan in the same breath as authors of American Jewish classics like Philip Roth, Saul Bellow and Grace Paley, and those who read this collection of short stories will understand why. The book, which includes stories originally featured in Kaplan’s 1975 collection “Other People’s Lives”, is as funny today as it must have been then, and features characters from identities rubbing against each other: Jews and Gentiles, Americans and Israelis, Bronxites and Manhattanites, Ashkenazi and Sephardi. Its title conundrum suggests that the past will always catch up with us, no matter how far we’ve come. Pre-order it here.

“Old Truths and New Clichés: Essays” by Isaac Bashevis Singer

This new collection from the 1978 Nobel laureate in literature includes 19 essays, most of which have never before been published in English, and several of which were originally published in Yiddish in The Forward. The essays cover three categories: literary arts, Yiddish and Jewish life, and personal writing and philosophy. Pre-order it from the Princeton University Press website.

The best upcoming Jewish TV, movies and books in 2022

The best upcoming Jewish TV, movies and books in 2022

The best upcoming Jewish TV, movies and books in 2022

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