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A Family “Tradition” On Broadway

When Michael Bernardi first came out on the stage of the Broadway theater in Wednesday’s matinee performance of “Fiddler on the Roof,” the audience was electric with cheers. Many understood that the actor had waited a lifetime for this opportunity to step out as Tevye.

Michael Bernardi and Teri Bernardi, outside the Broadway Theatre. Tyson Lindo

Fyvush Finkel, Veteran Actor With Roots In Yiddish Theater, Dies At 93

08/15/2016 - 13:52

(JTA) — Fyvush Finkel, an Emmy Award-winning actor who began his career performing in the Yiddish theater, has died at 93.

Fyvush Finkel. Wikimedia Commons

Dramatizing The Shoah

Art about the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel wrote in the New York Times in 1989, “trivializes” memory. The Shoah, he insisted, “defeated culture; later, it defeated art…No one now retell Auschwitz after Auschwitz.” Arnold Mittelman, who is producing a series of readings of Holocaust plays all across the country this month, emphatically disagrees.

Arnold Mittelman, president of the National Jewish Theater Foundation. Courtesy of NJTF

Folksbiene, MJH Get Hitched

Potential merger of Yiddish theater company and Museum of Jewish Heritage seen as ‘win-win.’

03/30/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Engaged at 100.

Zalmen Mlotek, left, Bryna Wasserman, Jeff Wiesenfeld, Bruce Ratner and David Marwell at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

This Jew Hath Eyes

"The Merchant of Venice," like many of Shakespeare’s middle “comedies,” is often considered a problem play: the language is dense, the final courtroom scene fraught with near-tragedy, and for even the most casual observer, the language is steeped with anti-Semitic vitriol.

Joseph Menino as Shylock and Imani Jade Powers as Jessica in “The Merchant of Venice.”  Allison Stock

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10/21/2014 - 20:00
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THE BUZZ

SHULAMIT

For the second time this year, a musical takes as its inspiration the biblical “Song of Songs.” “Shulamit,” a Hebrew-language drama (with English supertitles), is the brainchild of Dina Pruzhansky. (It follows Andrew Beall and Neil Van Leeuwen’s “Song of Solomon” this summer.) Pruzhansky is a COJECO BluePrint Fellow (the program facilitates projects from young Jewish adults of Russian origin). Radio broadcaster Robert Sherman hosts the opening night event.

Image of Helena Rubinstein, from exhibit at The Jewish Museum.

Mixed Media And Mothers At LABA

When was the last time you thought about – or stopped thinking about – this: “It’s not so simple to love your mommy.” Israeli novelist and philosopher Ruby Namdar surprises his audience at the 14th St. Y’s LABAlive performance with that deceptively simple  - - yet highly provocative - - opening line in his introduction to the evening’s performance.

Tom Block, “Valencia”

From Teheran, Shiraz And Mashhad To America

Cranberry sauce is left untouched on the Thanksgiving table. A mullah proposes  a temporary marriage to a Jewess on a flight. A Southern woman who looks like she comes from generations of country club members is actually the daughter of an Iranian Jew.

Cast of "Saffron and Rosewater." Photo courtesy Jewish Women's Theater

Old Jews, Jokes And Birthdays

Approaching his 62nd birthday, my husband announced he wanted to be a stand-up comedian.  I do laugh at his jokes, but a stand-up? I don’t know…..I took him to see “Old Jews Telling Jokes,” playing off-Broadway, on his birthday for a taste of the classics.

Jews And The Arts, Players And Pundits

The Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College hosted an ambitious and absorbing program, “Jewish Arts and Identity in the Contemporary World” on May 7th. Three panels – on theater, music and the visual arts - were the core of the conference complemented by a performance by Audrey Flack and the Art History Band.

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