Shmoozing with Avi featuring Lea Kalisch aka the “shtreimel girl”.

Shmoozing with Avi featuring Lea Kalisch aka the "shtreimel girl".Lea Kalisch is a Swiss-born NYC-brewed polyglot actress, singer, and dancer, aka the "shtreimel girl." She starred in multiple Yiddish productions (God of Vengeance, Awake and Sing!), and as Daphna in Bad Jews. Her most recent appearances were in the movie The Vigil and the Zoom-performance of Der Foygl fun Geto. Lea has performed her one-woman show In Love With A Dream! and various Yiddish solo concerts in NYC and Europe. She blends Yiddishkayt with Latino flavor and New York swag. Over the past year, Lea has entertained audiences with various musical […]

Adolph & Rose Levis JCC & YI Love Jewish Present – Joe Papp at the Ballroom

Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center 9801 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33428, Boca Raton

Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center & YI Love Jewish Proudly Present Avi Hoffman in Joe Papp at the Ballroom In Concert.Joe Papp, American Theatre icon gave only one concert in his illustrious career. World-renowned actor, Avi Hoffman adapts and recreates Papp in this musical concert sure to delight.*Full CDC guidelines in place. This will be videotaped live for a feature presentation and is LIMITED to only 35 seats. All ticket buyers will have to sign a photo and video release form.

Shmoozing with Avi featuring Helen Epstein

Shmoozing with Avi featuring Helen EpsteinBorn in Prague in 1947, Helen grew up in the Czech community of New York City. She attended Hunter College High School, then studied at CCNY for two years before transferring to and graduating from Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1970.She became an instant published journalist during the summer of 1968 while a 20-year-old college student caught in the Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia. Her personal account of the invasion was published in the Jerusalem Post where she received her journalistic training while an undergraduate studying musicology and literature.In 1971, she graduated from the Columbia Graduate School […]

The Miracle of Joe Papp- A Lecture Hosted by Avi Hoffman

The Miracle of Joe Papp - A virtual lecture by Professor Miriam Hoffman and presented by Avi Hoffman.An illuminating lecture hosted by Avi Hoffman. To view this free event LIVE and via replay, please go to the following links:https://www.facebook.com/YILoveJewishhttps://www.youtube.com/c/YiddishkaytInitiative/videosFor assistance:info@whyilovejewish.org888-YILOVEJ. 888-945-6835

Avi Hoffman in “Joe Papp at the Ballroom”

Avi Hoffman's re- creation of Joe Papp at the Ballroom performance based on audio recording of Joe Papp's 1978 concert seriesIn 2016, Joe Papp's daughter Susan shared with Avi Hoffman an audio recording of her father’s 1978 concert series at a SoHo cabaret in Greenwich Village entitled “Joe Papp at the Ballroom.” I was blown away because I never knew that Joe had a flair for singing. Included in the one-man show were personal stories of his life and career interspersed with his favorite tunes of the day. “It was the only concert series that Joe had ever performed,” said Avi.Avi’s […]

A Conversation with Tracie Holder and Karen Thorsen

A conversation with Tracie Holder and Karen Thorsen: Co-Producers/Directors of the documentary film 'Joe Papp in 5 Acts'A conversation with Tracie Holder and Karen Thorsen: Co-Producers/Directors of the documentary film 'Joe Papp in 5 Acts' coming to PBS in 2022. JOE PAPP IN 5 ACTS premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and has been featured at more than forty film festivals worldwide. Tracie Holder is a filmmaker, consultant, and producer. A 2016 Sundance Creative Producers Fellow, Holder leads workshops, tutors and serves on juries at international pitching and training sessions. She is widely regarded as a “go-to” person and all-round […]

Celebrating ‘Yosl’: The Legacy of Joe Papp; A Musical Celebration

5:00 pm EST - CELEBRATING YOSL: The Legacy of Joe Papp; A Musical CelebrationThis concert is a celebration of Brooklyn-born "Yosl Papirofsky" (Joseph Papp 1921-1991) whose life and legacy are not just a part of our theatrical past, but can be a part of our present and future. Papp bestowed upon us an enduring cultural legacy: Shakespeare in the Park, the Public Theater, and his own rediscovery of the joys of Yiddish language and culture. This concert will honor Papp’s life, work and socially- conscious career with excerpts of Yiddish Broadway songs, including the highly acclaimed off broadway musical Songs of […]

Celebrating ‘Yosl’ – Joe Papp at 100 Gala (Virtual Ticket)

Theatre icon Joe Papp to be remembered and honored at 100th birthday commemoration gala on June 22nd, 2021.Join us for a live VIRTUAL red-carpet Gala featuring performances and celebrity cameo appearances! “Joe Papp did more to revolutionize the world of theater than any impresario in the world,” said Avi Hoffman. Hoffman and his mother, retired author, journalist and Columbia University Professor Miriam Hoffman, became friends and colleagues of Papp in NYC in the 1980s, when they launched the Joseph Papp Yiddish Theatre. After Papp’s death, they continued a close association with Joe’s widow, Gail Merrifield-Papp, and his daughter Susan Papp-Lippman, who […]

Celebrating ‘Yosl’ – Joe Papp at 100 Gala + Exclusive VIP Reception

Theatre icon Joe Papp to be remembered and honored at 100th birthday commemoration gala on June 22nd, 2021- with Special VIP receptionJoin us for the live in-person* or virtual red-carpet Gala featuring performances and celebrity cameo appearances AND an EXCLUSIVE Star-Studded VIP reception at 9:00pm!*Due to COVID/CDC GUIDELINES IN-PERSON SEATING IS EXTREMELY LIMITED AND WILL BE DISTRIBUTED ON A FIRST COME/FIRST SERVE BASIS “Joe Papp did more to revolutionize the world of theater than any impresario in the world,” said Avi Hoffman. Hoffman and his mother, retired author, journalist and Columbia University Professor Miriam Hoffman, became friends and colleagues of Papp […]

Yiddish Fun-03 6-23-21

6-Week Advanced Conversational Yiddish Course.A 6-week conversational Yiddish course moderated by Avi Hoffman and Professor Miriam Hoffman starting June 23rd, 2021. The class meets on Zoom every Wednesday from 7-8 PM EST for 6 weeks.This "nokh a bisl" advanced 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 […]

Yiddish Fun 02 7-11-21

A 6 week course in a BISL intermediate conversational Yiddish with an entertaining and fun twist.This class is every Sunday from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm starting July 11th, 2021 for 6 weeks. This bisl intermediate 60 minute fully interactive class entitled Yiddish Fun-02 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 is not necessary.

Yiddish Fun 01- 07-11-21

Learn Yiddish online in this 6-week conversational Yiddish class.The class meets every Sunday starting July 11th, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Zoom for 6 weeks.A 6-week conversational Yiddish online course utilizing 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.This hands-on course emphasizes the humor and depth of the Yiddish Culture and encourages the course participants to personally engage in the material."My friends and […]

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