Theodore Bikel

Tim Boxer At Theodore Bikel Birthday Concert

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Yiddish lovers of all accents—from Litvaks to Galitzianers  (that’s I!)—packed Symphony Space on the Upper West Side for the Folksbiene’s recent salute to Theodore Bikel.

Zalmen Mlotek welcomes Fyvush Finkel, Bel Kaufman and Theodore Bikel to Folksbiene.  Tim Boxer

‘The Voice Of The Rebirth Of Yiddish Culture’

The Folksbiene marks Theo Bikel’s 90th birthday with a celebration.

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The memory is clear, the fear still palpable.

“We looked from behind our curtains, and in the street we saw the hardware rumbling past — the cannons, the machine guns, and the open limousines with Goering and Hitler,” Theodore Bikel says. “We trembled. And within days the expected and feared happened.”

Theodore Bikel, left

Advocacy Gone Awry

Bid against JCC in Manhattan film festival part of disturbing trend.

Editor And Publisher

Theodore Bikel, the 86-year-old actor most famous for his role as Tevye in “Fiddler On The Roof,” considers himself “a Zionist and ardent supporter of Israel.” But he is one of a number of Jews in the arts who will not perform at theaters in the West Bank, believing that the settlements are an obstacle to peace.

Does that place him inside or out of the pro-Israel tent?

Gary Rosenblatt

Zamir Lifts Women’s Voices

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To be a Jewish musician is easy, says Matthew Lazar, but to be a Jew and a musician is sometimes difficult

Nevertheless he has overcome many hurdles over the years as he guided the world-renowned coeducational Zamir Chorale as its director and conductor — in an age when modern Orthodox Jewish sensibilities shifted fundamentally to the right.

Zamir Chorale was founded by Stanley Sperber in 1960. He made aliya in 1972 and passed the baton to Lazar.

Theodore Bikel presents talit to Matthew Lazar at Zamir gala. Photo by Tim Boxer
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