Theodore Bikel

Bikel’s Gift As An Actor

07/27/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Last week YIVO sent out a very special e-mail. It contained a link to Theodore Bikel’s last public performance, at the organization’s 13th Annual Heritage Luncheon on June 18. Bikel was the principle honoree, recipient of YIVO’s lifetime achievement award, and in a video clip (which can be seen on YouTube) he sits very erect in his wheelchair, guitar on his lap, singing “Di zun vet aruntergeyn/The Sun Soon Will Be Setting.” The song is a collaboration between the great Yiddish poet Moishe Leib Halpern and composer Ben Yomen, but the English adaptation is by Bikel himself, who sings at one point, “we’ll fly/Leaving earth far below/To a land where all longing does go.”

George Robinson

Farewell To Tevye

07/21/2015 - 20:00
Editorial

Theodore Bikel, who died on Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age of 91, was about the closest the Jewish world came to having its own ambassador of goodwill.

Actor And Activist Theodore Bikel Dies At 91

Known best as Tevye in ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ Broadway singer also played a starring role in progressive politics.

07/20/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Theodore Bikel, the veteran singer-actor-activist best known for his role as Tevye in a Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” died Tuesday at 91 at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Theodore Bikel, with a guest at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors event in Washington. Getty Images

Actor, Activist Theodore Bikel Dies At 91

Known best as Tevye in 'Fiddler on the Roof,' Broadway singer also played a starring role in progressive politics.

07/20/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Theodore Bikel, the veteran singer-actor-activist best known for his role as Tevye in a Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” died Tuesday at 91 at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

“He passed of natural causes peacefully,” the bikel.com website stated.

Though best known as an actor, Theodore Bikel was also a folksinger and political activist. Getty Images

Tim Boxer At Theodore Bikel Birthday Concert

03/13/2014 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

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.

11/25/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

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.
03/14/2011 - 20:00
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

10/31/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

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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