Elmore James

Stepping Out In Yiddish

Never has gefilte fish sounded so sexy.

Eleanor Reissa belted out a number from the Yiddish theater, “ Borsht and Gefilte Fish ,” swaying her hips as she sang, as part of this year’s National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene’s gala concert at NYU’s Skirball Center, honoring financier, philanthropist and communal leader Morris W. Offit, 76. Tom Brokaw presented his friend with the award.

Joel Grey accepting his award. Photo courtesy National Yiddish Theatre -- Folksbiene

Folksbiene Connects To Tradition

12/29/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

The National Yiddish Theater/Folksbiene has come a long way in its 96th season. In fact, the highlight of its annual cabaret dinner on Dec. 8 at the Bohemian National Hall on the Upper East Side, were two African American actors who brought the house down with their versions of classical Yiddish medleys.

Elmore James, a veteran of five Broadway shows and the Metropolitan Opera, dazzled with “Es Brent” and “Ot Azoy.” Tony Perry, featured in the film “Mickey,” thrilled the audience with his rendition of “Vos Iz Gevorn.”

Marion and Elie Wiesel were honored by the Folksbiene at a cabaret dinner. Photo by Tim Boxer
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