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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 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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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…

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Jerome Robbins, Norman Jewison & Fiddler on the Roof On September 22, 1964

Jerome Robbins, Norman Jewison & Fiddler on the Roof On September 22, 1964—the opening night of a new Broadway musical called Fiddler on the Roof—a man named Harry Rabinowitz sat in the audience “amid a crowd of cousins and family friends.” After the final curtain, Harry, “deeply moved,” went back stage to find his son.…

Schwartz’ TEVYE Receives the Royal Treatment from NCJF

Schwartz’ TEVYE Receives the Royal Treatment from NCJF Exciting news for lovers of Yiddish theater: the National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University has just released a new DVD version of Maurice Schwartz’s 1939 classic TEVYE The film has been restored with great care in richly textured black and white from an original nitrate print. Solomon Secunda’s…

Brava Marie! “Sholem Aleichem’s Women”

Brava Marie! “Sholem Aleichem’s Women” From Intro: “I have 5 daughters,” brays Tevye in the opening moments of the beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof. “I have 5 daughters!” Close your eyes and I’ll bet you can summon Zero Mostel’s voice—Zero Mostel’s voice as we can all still hear it on Fiddler’s Original Cast Album—an…