Fighting Antisemitism through the Arts: Yi Love HANUKKAHFEST ‘22
YI Love Jewish (Yiddishkayt Initiative, Inc) will celebrate Hanukkah by presenting live events in South Florida with a ‘miraculous’ gathering of Jewish celebrities.
Almost everyone knows the ancient miracle of Hanukkah: a drop of oil that should have lasted only one day but instead lasted for eight days to light the menorah in The Holy Temple after the Maccabees re-claimed it from the Greeks.
As Hanukkah is a season of miracles for Jews all around the world, YILoveJewish.org, is presenting their 3rd annual YI Love HanukkahFest from December 20-December 24 with a LIVE lineup of entertainment and educational programming that is nothing short of miraculous after the long Covid winter.
“Hanukkah is a time of miracles,” said Avi Hoffman, YI Founder and CEO. “What we are doing is bringing together leading Jewish and Yiddish cultural figures from all over the world for this year’s YI Love HanukkahFest ‘22. Some of the festival’s events are free to the public because our mission is to fight antisemitism through the arts.”
The festival opens with a reading of the play “Noble Laureate: Mr. Singer & His Demons” by Miriam Hoffman & Rena Berkowicz Borow, starring Avi Hoffman as the Nobel prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer, who spent the last and most productive years of his life on Miami Beach. This play explores the parallels between Singer’s family members and some of his fictional characters while navigating the complex mindset which gave rise to Singer’s creative genius.
The headliner for this year’s festival is award-winning singer/songwriter/musician Batsheva who will be performing her internationally acclaimed one-woman concert. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Batsheva performs music in Yiddish, Ladino Hebrew and English and is frequently featured on Raquel Zucker’s Yiddish radio and other Jewish radio shows in the USA while touring and performing around the world.
The festival closes with an encore performance of “Stars of David” presented by YI Love Jewish and Temple Torat Emet in Boynton Beach. The concert, based on the best-selling book, “Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish” by Abigail Pogrebin, features Musical Director Caryl Fantel and singers Shira Ginsburg, Eytan Deray and Avi Hoffman. “Stars of David” adapts the stories of well-known Jewish personalities into humorous and touching songs.
Avi Hoffman is an internationally known actor and entrepreneur who calls South Florida home. Through his Yiddishkayt Initiative, Avi is the creator of YI Love YiddishFest ’22 taking place August 30-September 4 in Boca Raton, Miami Beach, and Coral Springs. Ahead of the six-day extravaganza, Avi chatted with me about his life and career.
The 4th Annual Yi Love Yiddishfest ’22 Returns Live This Year!
August 30th – September 4th, 2022
The event brings six days of cultural events, including concerts, plays, lectures, and live entertainment, after two years of online events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Founded by actor/comedian and Coral Springs resident Avi Hoffman (known for his “Too Jewish” trilogy) who’s CEO of the Yiddishkayt Initiative and YI Love Jewish, the first event was held in 2018 at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach. This year’s events will take place Broward County, Boca Raton, and Miami Beach.
The 4th Annual Yi Love Yiddishfest ’22 Is Live In South Florida
August 30th – September 4th, 2022
South Florida, FL – The 4th Annual YI Love YiddishFest ’22 (yiddishfest.org) is a six-day extravaganza of comedy, concerts and plays with contemporary Jewish celebrity headliners such as YidLife Crisis, Kosha Dillz, Avi Hoffman and a concert version of the NY hit musical Stars of David. With over ten events in all three South Florida counties, there’s something for the entire mishpukhe (family) to enjoy!
YidLife Crisis and Kosha Dillz are contemporary Jewish personalities and performers who have gone viral with their comedy and music videos.
Viewed by millions, Yidlife Crisis has collaborated with Mayim Bialik, Howie Mandel and many other Jewish celebrities. Kosha Dillz has performed with some of the top names in the world of Hip-Hop and Rap, including Fat Joe, Nissim Black and many others. His unique Jewish take on hip-hop has him participating in many shows including Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out, Madison Square Garden TV and international festivals and venues.
The 4th Annual YI Love YiddishFest ’22 (yiddishfest.org) is a six-day extravaganza of comedy, concerts and plays with contemporary Jewish celebrity headliners such as YidLife Crisis, Kosha Dillz, Avi Hoffman and a concert version of the NY hit musical Stars of David.
With over ten events in all three South Florida counties, there’s something for the entire mishpukhe (family) to enjoy!
YidLife Crisis and Kosha Dillz are contemporary Jewish personalities and performers who have gone viral with their comedy and music videos. Viewed by millions, Yidlife Crisis has collaborated with Mayim Bialik, Howie Mandel and many other Jewish celebrities. Kosha Dillz has performed with some of the top names in the world of Hip-Hop and Rap, including Fat Joe, Nissim Black and many others. His unique Jewish take on hip-hop has him participating in many shows including Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out, Madison Square Garden TV and international festivals and venues.
Yi Love Jewish Presents JEWSICAL! BROADWAY’S JEWISH COMPOSERS FROM SONDHEIM TO SCHWARTZ With Joshua Turchin
The virtual show will stream on July 12 at 7:00pm EST.
Enjoy a musical journey of influential Jewish composers who have left indelible marks on the history of Broadway with performer, musician, and composer Joshua Turchin. Hosted by YILoveJewish, the approximately 45 minute virtual show curated, written, sung, and played by Turchin is a delight for all ages to enjoy.
ROM 2ND AVENUE TO TIMES SQUARE – HOW THE YIDDISH THEATER INFLUENCED BROADWAY
On this episode my guest is acclaimed actor, singer, writer, producer and director Avi Hoffman who specializes in Jewish culture and Yiddish theater. His long running off-Broadway “Too Jewish” trilogy has been seen by millions on PBS and at theater venues around the world, and in 2016 he received rave reviews and a Drama Desk nomination for his performance as “Willy Loman” in the Yiddish language production of Death of Salesman. He is also the founder and CEO of the Yiddishkayt Initiative — a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Jewish culture.
‘Joe Papp at the Ballroom’ offers an up-close look at a legend
Joe Papp would have turned 100 this year, it is a good time to pay homage to the late legendary producer. His philosophical tenant was “theater for all.” Actually, Papp believed that live theater should be like the public library — free and open to all.
Avi Hoffman Pays Tribute To Theater Icon Joseph Papp
Attention must be paid, to steal a line, and Avi Hoffman is ensuring that proper homage is paid to Joe Papp, the visionary who intersected art and community by making theater accessible to the general public in comprehensibility, neighborhood performances and free admission.
THEATER LEGEND SINGS AND REMINISCES IN GABLESTAGE WORLD PREMIERE
The GableStage world premiere of “Joe Papp at the Ballroom” aims to remind audiences of the influential impresario’s legacy. (Graphic courtesy of GableStage)
Just looking at actor-singer Avi Hoffman — creator and star of the popular “Too Jewish” shows, as well as a Carbonell Award winner for playing the adoring hubby in “Hairspray” at Actors’ Playhouse — you wouldn’t necessarily think of casting him as visionary New York Shakespeare Festival founder Joseph Papp.
As Chanukah is a season of miracles for Jews all around the world, the Yiddishkayt Initiative (YILoveJewish.org), is presenting a virtual Chanukah Mini Fest from Nov. 28- Dec. 5 with a lineup of entertainment and educational programming that is nothing short of miraculous.
Players Circle Performing Arts Center at the Shell Factory is proud to announce its partnership with the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties and YIJewish (a Division of Yiddishkayt Initiative) to begin a series of Jewish themed programming at PLAYERS CIRCLE.
“Celebrating Yosl – Joe Papp at 100″ is a commemorative full day of live, virtual and pre-recorded events celebrating Papp, who was born Yosl Papirofsky, on June 22. It begins at 11 a.m. and continues into the evening.
MAJOR CELEBRITIES AND THEATER INDUSTRY LEADERS LINE UP TO HONOR JOE PAPP, CREATOR OF NEW YORK SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL AND THE PUBLIC THEATER, AT HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY COMMEMORATION Celebrating ‘Yosl’: Joe Papp at 100 Will Feature Renowned Actor/Singer Mandy Patinkin, The Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Papp Biographer Helen Epstein, among others on June 22, 2021