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  • One of New York’s great Renaissance men, Isaiah Sheffer left an indelible mark on music, theater, television, and culture across three decades in the Big Apple. He was the originator of Bloomsday on Broadway, and the comic genius behind the Thalia Follies. He also began his career in the Yiddish Theatre and created great works celebrating Yiddish art and culture. This event will celebrate Isaiah’s Yiddish life and career and will benefit the Hebrew Actors Foundation as they seek to save the building which housed the historic Hebrew Actors Union where Yiddish Theatre thrived. This performance is primarily in English. By Susannah Sheffer & Avi Hoffman Musical Director: Lanny Meyers

  • Sponsored by the American Society for Jewish Music and the American Jewish Historical Society, in conjunction with the Manhattan Jewish Historical Initiative, Museum of Yiddish Theater and Yiddishkayt Initiative, this year’s Chanukah Concert is a multimedia celebration of Brooklyn-born Yosl Papirovsky (Joseph Papp 1921-1991) whose life and faith showed that miracles are not just a part of our past, but can be an ever-present part of today, and our future. In the spirit of creating light in the world, Papp brought us an enduring cultural legacy: Shakespeare in the Park, the Public Theater, and his own rediscovery of the joy of Yiddish in words and music. This multimedia tribute to Shakespeare Festival and Public Theatre visionary and founder Joseph Papp will celebrate the inaugural Joseph Papp Yiddish Theatre’s YI Love NY YiddishFest ‘19. Mr. Papp rose from a childhood in the slums of Brooklyn to found the New York Shakespeare Festival, through which he presented free Shakespeare in Central Park for more than three decades. In the 1960’s, he took over the old Astor Library and turned it into the Public Theater, a huge six-theater complex in which he presented and championed the work of many young playwrights, including David Rabe, Thomas Babe, Ed Bullins, Caryl Churchill, David Hare, David Henry Hwang, Wallace Shawn, Vaclav Havel, Miguel Pinero, Ntozake Shange, Michael Weller, George C. Wolfe, David Mamet, Tina Howe and John Guare. The Public was the birthplace of two landmark American musicals, “Hair” and “A Chorus Line,” the longest-running show in Broadway history. Mr. Papp also helped build the careers of many actors, among them James Earl Jones, Meryl Streep, Raul Julia and Kevin Kline. This Premiere event will celebrate Joe Papp’s Jewish life and career and will honor the founders of the Joseph Papp Yiddish Theatre: Gail Merrifield Papp, Rena Berkowitz Borow and Prof. Miriam Hoffman. For the 30th anniversary of the Public Theatre Yiddish/English musical comedy Songs of Paradise, we have invited members of the original cast to rediscover this highly acclaimed musical comedy HIT. The evening will culminate in a 1st night of Chanukah Yiddish Candle Lighting Ceremony singalong.
    Where
    Center for Jewish History

  • Recounting Joe Papp's Brooklyn Yiddish upbringing, his controversial political struggles and his revolutionary reconceiving of the creative process.
    Where
    Theater For the New City 155 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003

  • Professor Hoffman’s momentous life and multidimensional works will be brought to life, exploring not only her original work, but also her reimagining of the works of Isaac Bashevis Singer, Neil Simon, Mel Brooks and Sholem Aleikhem.
    Where
    Theater For the New City 155 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003

  • Reflections of a Lost Poet, written by Miriam Hoffman and performed by Avi Hoffman, is a one-man play about the life of Itzik Manger.
    Where
    Theater For the New City 155 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003

  • A playwright, a novelist, a short story writer and journalist, Sholem Asch is one of the most popular Jewish writers in history.

  • Synopsis: Moshe is an eighteen year old Hasidic Jew, who after the recent death of his father is given to manage the family’s farm by himself with his wife.
    Where
    Theater For the New City 155 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003

  • THE ANCIENT LAW is a landmark in Weimar cinema and an outstanding example of the creative contribution of Jewish filmmakers in 1920s Germany.
    Where
    Theater For the New City 155 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003

  • Feldman’s work is known as theatrical, deeply intimate and ambitious. Come and discover the personal exploration of her Jewish identity in “A People”.
    Where
    Theater For the New City 155 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003

  • Grammy-winning trumpeter Sir Frank London of The Klezmatics and an all-star group of New York’s best Latin, Jazz, and Yiddish musicians transform Irving Fields’ classic 1959 LP Bagels & Bongos into a slamming klezmer-salsa party!
    Where
    Theater For the New City 155 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003

  • Discover 'The Great Ostrovsky' - The ‘Lost’ musical love letter to the Yiddish Theater by legendary Broadway songwriter Cy Coleman and bestselling author Avery Corman.
    Where
    Theater For the New City 155 1st Avenue New York, NY 10003