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Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem

Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem, a new documentary from the National Center for Jewish Film, is an intentionally personal story told by one of the most accomplished and politically-influential Jewish entertainers of the 20th Century. Director John Lollos combines scenes from Bikel’s acclaimed solo…

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Congregation Beth Emeth Dvar Torah

Congregation Beth Emeth D’var Torah Jan Lisa Huttner will do the Dvar Torah at Temple Beth Emeth in Flatbush, discussing the Daughters of Zelophehad as the precursors of Tevye’s daughters in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. The five Daughters of Zelophehad make their first appearance in this week’s Parsha “Pinchas” (Numbers Chapters 26 & 27). Join…

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Congregation Beth Emeth Sisterhood Lecture

Congregation Beth Emeth Sisterhood Lecture Unlike most discussions of Fiddler on the Roof, this presentation will turn the spotlight on women—the female characters in Sholem Aleichem’s Tevye stories and the women in Solomon Rabinowitz’s personal life. Solomon Rabinowitz loved women—especially his wife Olga and their many daughters—and Huttner contends it was this love that enabled…

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Chaim Topol’s Farewell Tour

Chaim Topol’s Farewell Tour Topol’s Tevye is not a man “desperately clinging to Tradition” (as one critic described with another actor in the role). More than anyone else in Anatevka, Topol’s Tevye is genuinely interested in new people with new ideas. No one forces him to invite Perchik-the-Student into his house. He opens his door…

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Sholem Aleichems novella STEMPENYU

Sholem Aleichems novella STEMPENYU This funny tale of a fiddler whose music stirs villagers to the heights of romantic frivolity supposedly inspired Chagall’s famous “fiddler on the roof” painting. A classic, it is the humorous and touching saga of shtetl life and what happens when one young woman falls for a fiddler as famous as…