If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, you know by now that I’m absolutely agog anytime there’s a convergence of things Jewish and things vampire. It’s why I’m such a fan of Juda, the Israeli television series about a modern-day small-time (and small-statured – but adorable) gangster turned creature of the night.
Juda debuted on Israeli television in 2017 and got an American premiere on Hulu in 2019. Since then, I’ve been anxiously awaiting season two to make its appearance. Show creator Tzion Baruch has been teasing me with stills from production on his Insta, so I know it’s in the works. It just seems forever to get here.
Another sign? This promo video for season two. Please sir, may I have another season?
One last harbinger of good things to come? This interesting write-up on Juda and the history of Jewish vampires on television and film over at Tablet, an online magazine of Jewish faith and culture. It’s rare I read a Tablet story and come away without learning something, and such is the case here as well.
For instance, I admit I never heard of “The Fearless Vampire Killers,” made by Roman Polanski in 1967, which cast Jewish vampires as survivors after World War II. Or novelist I.B. Singer’s “Satan in Goray,” a collection of short stories that mingle Jewish characters with the supernatural to explore themes of good, evil and mortality.
Great stuff to explore while I await the return of my nogoodnik vampire. But hurry up, please, Juda. I’ve been waiting.