The holiday of Purim has often been called “the Jewish Carnavale,” with the joys of song, laughter and drama folded into one, like tangy, fruit-filled hamantashen. That’s just the recipe for some Yiddishe Taam – A Taste of Yiddish – that the Yiddishkayt Initiative (YI Love Jewish) will be serving up at its first annual International VIRTUAL YI Love Yiddishfest – Purim Edition, scheduled on-line from February 25-28.
Virtual visitors of all ages will be able to step right up for a wide range of FREE performances, concerts, readings and interviews featuring major award-winning American and International entertainers as celebrants worldwide recount the saving of the Jews from a threatened massacre during the Persian Empire in the Fifth Century BC. The celebration continues with the YI Love YiddishFest 2020 – Purim Edition, which will be simultaneously streamed on the yilovejewish.org website, Facebook Live and YouTube Live.
“We’re not able to spread the joy and traditions of Purim and Yiddishkayt in person, so we’re creating an on-line experience that will give everyone around the world a much-needed escape from the realities of the moment, for four days of frolic, festivity and frothy fun,” said Avi Hoffman, Founder and CEO of YI Love Jewish.
“I’m kvelling over our line-up, which includes distinguished international Jewish celebrities like Cantor Shira Ginsburg, global singing sensation Aelita, Efim Chorney the Moldavan Minstrel, Doron Engel the Inspired Israeli, Phillip Namanworth the Boogie Woogie Mystic and star of stage and screen Mike Burstyn with an international celebrity cast portraying the magnificent Yiddish/English comedy ‘The Megillah Cycle’.”
Here are some of the highlights: