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Yente/Yenta

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3/14: Yente/Yenta TBE

The March 14th lecture sponsored by the Temple Sisterhood featured an eye-opening discussion by Congregant Jan Lisa Huttner who presented an examination of the character Yente- the-Matchmaker, from the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. Jan explored how the name Yente (or Yenta) has evolved from being a person’s name to a noun meaning a person who meddles or is a gossip.

Jan took us on a journey of the origins of the Fiddler character tracing her roots from Sholom Aleichem’s Tevye stories (where she does not appear) to the starring role of a character Yente in Sholem Aleichem’s short story Dos Tepl (The Little Pot).

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