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Yiddish Fun-03

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A 6-week conversational Yiddish course moderated by Avi Hoffman and Professor Miriam Hoffman starting February 17, 2020. The class meets on Zoom every Wednesday from 7-8 PM EST for 6 weeks. This "nokh a bisl" intermediate 60- minute fully interactive class entitled Yiddish Fun-03 utilizes the curricula and materials developed by Columbia University Professor Miriam Hoffman and under the guidance and direction of her son, renowned actor and course professor Avi Hoffman, connecting the academic roots of the Yiddish language with its incredible contributions to mainstream modern culture. Prior Knowledge of Yiddish or participation in Yiddish Fun-01 or 02 is [...]

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Bright Lights… Big Shushan: A Musical Megillah featuring Cantor Shira Ginsburg in Concert with Fantel Music in association with East End Temple

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From the team that brought you the Broadway celebration in our Hanukkah Festival we present an evening of Megillah Chanting, Vashti Ranting and Cantor Ginsburg ‘Canting’ great musical theatre classics with a bissel shpiel thrown in. Join us and get your Shushan-on! Shira Ginsburg is an ordained Cantor celebrating her 14th year of service at East End Temple in Manhattan. As a Messinger Scholar, Shira earned her Masters, Cantorial degrees and ordination from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Shira is the recipient of the 2019 Lev Aryeh, Heart of a Lion Award from the Jewish Partisans Educational [...]

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Shmoozing with Avi featuring Phillip Namanworth, the Boogie Woogie Mystic

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Shmoozing with Avi, our interview program, will feature Phillip Namanworth whose music career has been highlighted by his funky signature vocals, bluesy piano playing and his world class band, Always Somethin', backing him up. Phillip has intertwined 25 years of studies and teaching of Jewish mysticism and Chassidus as a long time Talmud of R. Simon Jacobson student, imbuing the wisdom of the sages with the rockin' rhythm and blues of the soul, bringing the material and the spiritual worlds together in a fusion of spirit and song. Phillip began his music career singing with an a capella doo wop [...]

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Who is Queen Mamata? Playing Purim in South India

A discussion with Bob Skloot will take place Friday, 2/26 at 2 p.m. Robert Skloot, professor emeritus of theatre and drama at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is pictured on Oct. 17, 2013. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison) Robert Skloot is professor emeritus of Theatre and Drama at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he worked as a teacher, stage director and administrator. He has served as a Fulbright lecturer in Israel, Austria, Chile and the Netherlands. Bob is the author and editor of many books and essays about the theatre of the Holocaust and genocide. His play, If the [...]

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Singing Sensation Aelita in Concert with “Songs from the Heart”

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Aelita, is a world-renowned recording star. Called by the international press "chanteuse extraordinaire," "masterful artist," and "skillful entertainer,” she began singing at the age of five and began her professional stage life at 15! Aelita is an international singing star and recording artist with 8 albums who has graced stages around the world singing in 16 languages. Aelita is recognized among the “100 golden voices of History” by EuroNews. Born in Riga, Latvia, she remains true to her roots and takes us on a family journey spanning three continents, intertwining timeless Yiddish songs, American pop “a la Yiddish” and Broadway [...]

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Isaac Bashevis Singer’s Classic Gimpel Tam (Gimpel the Fool) starring Dori Engel in association with Israel’s beloved Nephesh Theatre

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Engel stars in Gimpel Tam (Gimpel the Fool), performed for The Nephesh Theatre of Israel. The production is based on a story by Isaac Bashevis Singer, adapted and directed by Howard Rypp. The Nephesh Theatre, founded in 1978 by Howard Rypp as artistic director and Gabriel Emanuel, has staged more than 100 productions in Hebrew and English. The productions reflect a plurality of beliefs, depicting different communities within Israeli society that must develop a common language and achieve mutual respect. The event can be viewed on Facebook, YouTube and the YI Love Jewish website: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YiddishkaytInitiative Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5Sn79YK2gnyrZiNJgWPuWw Website: https://yilovejewish.org/ [...]

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REBROADCAST of the World Premiere Broadcast of Aaron Kula’s Klezmer Company Jazz Orchestra’s Borscht to Broadway, The Legacy of Second Ave

Starring: Avi Hoffman, Laura Turnbull, Lindsey Corey and Oscar Cheda Arrangements by Aaron Kula and Chaim Rubinov Maestro Aaron Kula, leading the Klezmer Company Jazz Orchestra (KCJO) and world renowned entertainer Avi Hoffman will perform a concert that takes the audience on a musical journey from the origins of the Yiddish Theater on Second Avenue to the masterful treasures of Broadway. They will be joined by a full Orchestra and some of the most beloved south Florida singers as they highlight the most famous songs ever written, utilizing the Klezmer, Swing and Jazz band arrangements of the 1940, 50’s and beyond. [...]

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Eat in Good Health- Purim Treats

Join us for another video presentation in alliance with The Forward Jewish newspaper, featuring Yiddish Cooking, entitled “Eat in Good Health – Ess Gezunterheit,” featuring Yiddish Cooking, titled “Eat in Good Health,” featuring recipes for “Hamentashen" and more! --- Catch the event here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YiddishkaytInitiative Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5Sn79YK2gnyrZiNJgWPuWw Website: https://yilovejewish.org/

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PurimShpiel Concert with the Chorney-Ghergus Duo

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Efim Chorny and Susan Ghergus headline the Chorny-Ghergus Duo, one of the most renowned groups in Yiddish music in Europe and beyond. They are laureates of the prestigious Moscow International Solomon Mikhoels' Art Festival (1st Prize). They have been teaching faculty in many festivals of Yiddish music. Chorny & Ghergus created the background music for a production of "God of Vengeance" (by S. Asch), that was performed during the International Festival "A. Goldfaden" (France-Romania-Lithuania-Hungary). They've also participated in "Yiddish Vocalists," "Musical Culture of the Jewish People of Eastern Europe" (Austin University, USA) and the animated film project "Lullabies of the [...]

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‘KhapLop’: Children’s Stories in Yiddish – Dr. Seuss and More Featuring Avi Hoffman

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Stories by the iconic authors Rudyard Kipling and Dr. Seuss are given surprising new spins in Yiddish (with a Bisl English) translations by Avi’s Yiddishe Mameh, Columbia University Professor Miriam Hoffman read by her son, renowned actor Avi Hoffman. This multimedia presentation will include music and illustrations from the original publications. The Yiddish interpretations of these timeless classics will put a shmeykhel (smile) on the faces of children of all ages. The event can be viewed on Facebook, YouTube and the YI Love Jewish website: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YiddishkaytInitiative Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5Sn79YK2gnyrZiNJgWPuWw Website: https://yilovejewish.org/ Click for more information

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The Megillah Cycle of Itzik Manger Featuring Mike Burstyn and a star studded cast in association with Congress for Jewish Culture (NY)

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The Megillah Cycle is a reading of the entire original Megillah of Itzik Manger, which was the inspiration for the 1960’s Broadway Musical sensation which starred a young Mike Burstyn and his parents, the Yiddish Theatre icons Pesach Burstein and Lilian Lux. This virtual celebration will be directed by, and will feature Mike Burstyn and an international celebrity studded cast including Daniel Kahn (Germany), Jamie Elman and Eli Battalion (Yidlife Crisis, Canada), and US Jewish Eleanor Reissa, Shane Baker, Yelena Shmuelenson, Allen Lewis Rickman, Suzanne Toren and Avi Hoffman as Evil Haman. Congress for Jewish Culture (CJC) is a home [...]

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YI Love Play Readings: Senior Moments

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Two Jewish families whose respective matriarchs are giving them a hard time about where they want to live out their golden years. A snapshot of two Jewish families whose respective matriarchs are giving them a hard time about where they want to live out their golden years. The plays being shown are "A Mensch for Mom" by Joan Liman and "Finding Evelyn" by Kathy Kafer. This will be a double bill with both plays shows on the same evening. The event can be viewed on Facebook, YouTube and the YI Love Jewish website: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YiddishkaytInitiative Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5Sn79YK2gnyrZiNJgWPuWw Website: https://yilovejewish.org/ More [...]

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