Robert DeNiro

Between Oy Vey And Fuhgeddaboudit

06/22/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

In American stage and film comedy, there used to be a sure-fire formula for success: take a Jewish boy and an Irish girl, make them fall in love with each other, and then watch the sparks fly as the immigrant parents get into all sorts of conflict with each other over the impending match.

Jennifer Leigh Cohen and Peter Marinaro in the interfaith comedy “Spaghetti and Matzo Balls — Fuhgeddaboudit!”

Brighton Beach Memoirs

09/26/2003
Staff Writer
It was the early 1960s, and in the working-class Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn a group of young Jewish boys lived and breathed basketball. Every moment they could, these adolescents (many first-generation Americans and the children of Holocaust survivors) would pull on their white Converse canvas sneakers and race from their cramped apartments under the elevated subway line to their fenced concrete kingdom, the 2nd Street Park.
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