Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg

Dir. Aviva Kempner | 92 min
Documentary USA 2009

Yoo-Hoo Mrs Goldberg is the humorous and eye-opening story of television pioneer Gertrude Berg.

She was the creator, principal writer, and star of The Goldbergs, a popular radio show for 17 years, which became television’s very first character-driven domestic sitcom in 1949. Berg received the first Best Actress Emmy in history, and paved the way for women in the entertainment industry. Includes interviews with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actor Ed Asner, producers Norman Lear (All in the Family) and Gary David Goldberg (Family Ties), and NPR correspondent Susan Stamberg.

Director Aviva Kempner will introduce the Saturday, November 16 screening and lead a conversation after the Tuesday, November 19 screening.

The Tuesday, November 19 screening will be preceded by a showing of short film Today I Vote for My Joey.

Presented as part of 40 Years of Filmmaking: An Aviva Kempner Retrospective


Saturday, November 168:45 PM Filmmaker Introduction

Tuesday, November 197:00 PM Introduction, Short Film, and Q&A*

*The Tuesday, November 19 screening will be preceded by a filmmaker introduction and a showing of short film Today I Vote for My Joey. The screening will be followed by a filmmaker Q&A.


Aviva Kempner has a mission in life. She makes films that investigate non-stereotypical images of Jews in history and celebrate the untold stories of Jewish heroes. To her list of those heroes, she has now added Moe Berg. Based in Washington, DC, director-writer-producer Kempner boasts a resume of critically acclaimed and award-winning documentaries, including Rosenwald, Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, and Peabody winner The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. She also produced another WWII documentary, Partisans of Vilna. She is an avid voting rights advocate for the District of Columbia and is the founder of the Washington Jewish Film Festival.


  • This generally excellent portrait does much to fill the void, restoring an unfortunately forgotten figure to her rightful place among broadcasting's trailblazersPaul Farhl, Washington Post

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