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Did anyone watch Strictly Kosher?

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katkitya Fri 15-Jul-11 20:00:14

I enjoyed it. My Jewish friends were abit ???? about it though!!! I think there could be a series in it.

lillybloom Fri 15-Jul-11 20:02:59

I loved it Kat. I'm really interested in faiths and cultures. What were your friends unsure about?

katkitya Fri 15-Jul-11 20:06:52

Stereotyping I think?

timidviper Fri 15-Jul-11 20:11:37

One of my jewish friends knows some of the people on it and regularly shops at the dress shop featured.

The trouble is that stereotyping is bound to happen with any culture to make the show more interesting, just look at "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding". I have heard there's a new one coming soon called "Desperate Scouse-wives", can't imagine how the media are going to portray us scousers (again) hmm

katkitya Fri 15-Jul-11 20:14:08

Ha!!! Friday night was probably not the best night for me to be posting this! God forgive me but, I was shocked that the shop owner was married with children. And, that's me stereotyping!

Flisspaps Fri 15-Jul-11 20:40:12

katkitya I watched it, I really enjoyed it. Very disappointed it wasn't a series. Hopefully a series would be a bit less stereotypical, but it was good nonetheless.

usualsuspect Fri 15-Jul-11 20:41:04

I found it fascinating

chipstick10 Fri 15-Jul-11 21:01:04

The main woman in it (the one who wouldnt wear a wig) really got on my norks.

Smellslikecatpee Fri 15-Jul-11 21:14:11

Where when please?

ByTheSea Fri 15-Jul-11 21:21:45

I loved it. I'm a non-religious (atheist) American Jew living in the UK. I love my Jewish heritage though, it's all about family, food, fun. I find it interesting watching Jews in this country because nobody where I live even really knows any Jews so I don't get much of a chance to spot any differences.

vjg13 Fri 15-Jul-11 22:36:23

I Jewish and hated it. From the cliched 'Jewish' music to the slightly sickly sounding voice over.

I didn't understand why the orthodox woman who didn't wear a wig then had to go to a shop and take the piss whilst trying lots on. Most Bar/Bat Mitzvahs are no where near that extravagant.

The watchable bit was with Jack and his story was heart- breaking.

Hassled Fri 15-Jul-11 22:40:04

I enjoyed it from the viewpoint of someone who knows nothing. Jack was wonderful, I agree - and his grandson (Bar Mitzvah boy?) was the most gorgeous looking child I think I've ever seen. Wig-lady was a useful resource - fairly ordinary, likeable woman telling us what goes on in her world. I thought it was well done - would certainly watch more.

PippiLongBottom Fri 15-Jul-11 22:46:58

I live in the area where it was filmed and know Bernette the main lady. I also know Joel from his shop although I am too poor to shop there these days. I have worked with the Jewish community for 10 years and have lots of Jewish friends (only one is ultra orthodox) and thought it was an extremely accurate and sympathetic portrayal of the differences within the communities in this area.

katkitya Fri 15-Jul-11 23:00:16

I think Joel was onto something with his shop. I think in North London where i am he would have alot more competition. For me it highlighted the North South divide or (and I'm going to get flamed) the fact that the Manchester community is more showy!!

Pelagia Fri 15-Jul-11 23:06:54

I thought it was really interesting. I was really shocked at how much Bernette worked and yet was so cheery. I would not be prepared to do all the housework, cooking, childcare etc while DH did bugger all.

PippiLongBottom Fri 15-Jul-11 23:09:54

I only shop in Mon Amie for the kids, I wouldn't be seen dead in any of his ladies garments, neither would my friends. It is a fairly niche Market of older showy Jewish ladies and those that are going on a cruise. He is proper minted.

katkitya Fri 15-Jul-11 23:47:40

I'm still in shock. I thinknhes the campest straight man I've ever seen!!!

katkitya Fri 15-Jul-11 23:53:38

I wonder why people don't just go to the Arndale and shop for half the price? Maybe it's a social thing? I've seen Jack on a programme about survivors before. Very humbling.His grandson was so handsome!

PippiLongBottom Fri 15-Jul-11 23:56:15

Yeah, he is as camp as Christmas. They don't sell cruisewear in the arndale grin

The older ladies wear those juicy style tracksuits too. Not juicy ones though, ones from Mon Amie.

TIDDLYMUM Sat 16-Jul-11 00:03:41

Loved it!!! Bernette was a star turn, it came as no surprise that she had Irish Roots- she has the craic down to a tee. Coming from Manchester it was absoluely fascinating. Me and my friend have joked about conversion, two weeks a month off from s** and then a quick trip down to Mon Amie to check out the latest styles.

Bring on the series!!!!!

katkitya Sat 16-Jul-11 00:11:28

I think there will be one. I'm fascinated by how the younger generation, in their twenties are becoming more orthodox compared to their parents.

limitedperiodonly Sat 16-Jul-11 00:41:25

Loved Jack. I was so moved when he talked about his grandson's barmitzvah being a triumph against Hitler and also loved the fact that his grandson was so free that he didn't seem to realise what his grand dad had gone through. And his granddad didn't force that on him [sob]

Wanted to love the show but became more and more disillusioned that everyone below Jack was so complacent and smug.

Joel, straight?

Liked Bernette at first but as the show went on she became more and more irritating, childish and ignorant.

Lost it when she went on about nobody being good enough for her sons. Her daughter was married and in Israel - was she happy for her daughter's MIL to be as small minded as she was?

sharbie Sat 16-Jul-11 00:58:25

would have been better imo if it had been a bit more in depth on bbc 2 or channel 4

PippiLongBottom Sat 16-Jul-11 09:27:58

Bernette's son was really fit though grin

katkitya Sat 16-Jul-11 09:35:19

And, didn't his mother know it?! I liked the husband although why he likes to push himself to the front of the brisc (?? Excuse my spelling) I will never know. He didn't strike me as being massively orthodox going by what he was wearing. Are they semi and that's why she never wore a wig?

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