How a first generation Jewish American became an entertainment legend.
Joan Rivers had been supportive of Jewish philanthropic and social causes and was a former Hadassah Woman of the Year. In her books, she made reference to Jewish holidays and rituals, as well as very trenchant and witty remarks about American Jewish social phenomena—including the Catskill Mountains Borscht Belt, where she performed early in her career.
In Enter Talking, there is a particularly moving account of her first Yom Kippur away from the warmth--and fury--of her family. Her portrayal of her own family's Jewish life provides us with confirmation of Jenna Weissman Joselit's observation in The Wonders of America (1994) that, for American Jews, "the Jewish home was now placed at the core of Jewish identity, often becoming indistinguishable from Jewishness itself."
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