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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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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…