YI has an ever growing collective of Jewish and Yiddish cultural performers, musicians, writers, speakers, and more. Learn more about our programs and find out how to book any one of these incredible artists.
The collaboration of Black and Jewish composers and performers created a rich body of American music. Examples of black artists that sang Jewish songs are: Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Johnny Mathis. The concert also features Negro Spirituals that connect to Jewish themes such as “Go Down Moses.”
Performance includes music by famous Jewish composers who contributed to the great American songbook in English and Yiddish: Bernstein, Gershwin, Berlin, Jolsen, Ellstein, Rumshinsky, Olshanetsky, and others.
An overview of one of the greatest American Jewish musicians of the 20th century. His life and music were deeply affected by his Jewish roots. His three major symphonies, popular songs, interfaith mass, and Broadway shows are peppered with Jewish themes and ideas addressing faith and love.
In this play, which incorporates Bashevis’ actual personal diary entries as well as his family memoirs and his fictional characters, we imagine what it was like for Isaac Bashevis Singer as he faced the final journey to his beloved afterlife.
Renowned entertainer and Jewish cultural activist Avi Hoffman, together with his
mother, retired Columbia University professor, author, journalist and playwright, Miriam Hoffman present a celebration of ‘Yinglish’ - the unique American linguistic combination of Yiddish and English. From the over 5000 Yiddish words that have officially become a part of the English language, Miriam and Avi have fun with the stories and words that celebrate the idiomatic phenomenon that laid the foundation for modern mainstream culture.
A lecture about the Pre-War and Post-War Jewish world in Europe and the relationship between Jews and their God in Holocaust literature, as depicted in the writings of the great Yiddish playwrights, poets and writers.
This enriching lecture describes the seven-year period that Professor Miriam and her son Avi Hoffman interacted and worked intimately with Joseph Papp, the most important and prominent Theatre impresario in America.
The aim of the lecture is to offer a comprehensive historical overview of the development of the Yiddish Theater as a social and literary expression of the Yiddish language which served as the basis for much of modern mainstream culture.
Adapted from the novella by Ladislav Grosman The story takes place in the Slovak town of Sabinov in June, 1942 and revolves around the relationship between Tono Brtko, a poor Catholic Slovak carpenter, and Mrs. Lautman, a widowed Jewish shopkeeper of failing health.
Based on Chaim Grade’s brilliant essay “My Quarrel with Hersh Rassayner.” The most articulate of all post-Holocaust literary examinations and is considered a classical work on the level of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet!"
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