Curt Schleier


My Dad and the Garment Business

By Curt Schleier

My Dad and the Garment Business
“Dressing America,” which debuts September 2 on WNET, is a nostalgic look back at the largely Jewish history of the New York City garment business, replete with interviews of mostly old Jews fondly recalling a bygone era.Read More


An Escape Artist With Daddy Issues

By Curt Schleier

An Escape Artist With Daddy Issues
It’s a bit presumptuous of me to suggest that the History cable network scheduled its two-part “Houdini” mini-series over Labor Day weekend on the theory that most folks will be away from their television. But, if by some chance, that turned out actually to be the network’s strategy, kudos to them.Read More


Old Letters With New Messages

By Curt Schleier

Old Letters With New Messages
“Shadows From My Past” is a strange amalgam of a documentary. Though it is often amateurish (it has the feel of a home movie) and dated (it includes interviews of people long dead), it is powered by its subject matter and evokes strong emotion.Read More


Down the Mystical Rabbit Hole

By Curt Schleier

Down the Mystical Rabbit Hole
“Kabbalah Me” is a fascinating and inspiring story about a man’s spiritual journey into the complex world of Jewish mysticism. But on another level, it is also a sad and revelatory documentary about how faith and religious observance are marginalized in our society.Read More


David Gregory Writing Jewish Memoir

By Curt Schleier

David Gregory Writing Jewish Memoir
David Gregory is writing a book about his Jewish faith, something that was presumably tested in recent weeks.Read More



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