In short, it is the desire for, creation and idealization of, and pursuit for the sexualized Jews of fantasies held by many a non-Jewish man or woman. For reasons of tzniut (if this article can ever be called “modest”), respect for those involved, and article length, I will not go into detail about my own romantic history.
Instead, I shall say that I have been essentialized one time too many to the image of a Jew.
There’s no gray area in the play — we just decided to make everything zany and over-the-top. In the ideal world, I’d find a Jewish girl and you’d find a Jewish guy, but the importance has diminished because there hasn’t been the threat of persecution — that we have to stay together or we’ll die.
Obviously in real life you don’t get peed on [as Sam does on one of his 150 JDates] but I don’t think that the stereotypes are directed at Jewish women…. If I could just find a Jewish girl that I was into, wouldn’t my life be easier. SW: I’m sure it’s the same for everyone and every religion.
” I’m standing in the foyer of the Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood talking to Bryan Fogel, the co-writer/co-producer/co-star of “Jewtopia” — a play that parodies dating, JDating, interdating, rabbis, Passover seders, Purim, Chanukah bushes, bar mitzvahs, shofar blowing, other types of blowing, goyim, Asian fixations, synagogue memberships and, most of all, Jewish women and their overbearing mothers — when this overbearing Jewish mother shamelessly accosts Fogel outside his dressing room to peddle her daughter to him.
“I tried to bring her today, but she couldn’t come,” the gray-haired woman continues, describing her daughter, eventually extracting Fogel’s information from him (“It’s on the Playbill,” Fogel says).
It is quite caddish, I shall remind those who are prone to say such things, to tell someone that they “look so classically Jewish, bent over like that over the stove” – and it is definitely very unsettling to hear that.
For a while, I was one of the few out, observant Jews on my campus, and it felt like I had been asked out by many for my novelty factor than out of general interest. Spelunking on Google and awkward conversations with friends revealed that I wasn’t alone in this experience.Rabbi Man,” followed by some, well, fairly graphic ideas. More disgusting was the feeling that I was some sort of conquest by some.“Oh look, I’m dating a Jew.” “Aren’t I so progressive, a Catholic asking a Jew out?It’s OK if it’s an established comedian, but not from two punks who haven’t done it before. But the fact that people who don’t like it really don’t like it — I think that it means we’re doing something right. SW: No Jewish women were harmed when writing this play. Is Adam’s statement at the end, that “we’re all people and we should all get along,” a statement in favor of intermarriage? JJ: Bryan, would you go out with that girl whose mother was peddling her the day I saw the show? JJ: Speaking of offensive, I thought the play was a bit misogynistic. ) BF: I don’t think the play is misogynistic at all. Perhaps it’s just uneven — skewering Jewish women and not Jewish men. BF: It’s a reality, that last monologue, that for better or for worse, it’s more grounded in the real world.