Sunday, June 24, 2018

Yiddish Under the Stars - Excerpts from a Folksbiene Night in Central Park


Yiddish Under the Stars, an evening of Yiddish and klezmer music sponsored by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, has become an annual event at Summerstage in New York's Central Park. Last week the stars came out again and gave the lucky New Yorkers in attendance a free concert.

A production of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, hosted by the riotously funny Emmy Award-nominated actress Jackie Hoffman – who plays the role of Yente in the Folksbiene’s upcoming Yiddish version of “Fiddler on the Roof” – the three-hour extravaganza featured over a half-dozen acts which, while all rooted solidly in Yiddish and klezmer tradition, approached it from a variety of angles such that it was almost a mini-version of an entire SummerStage season.Read more: https://forward.com/culture/music/403198/yiddish-under-the-stars-turns-central-park-into-fabulous-panoply-of-sounds/
A production of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, hosted by the riotously funny Emmy Award-nominated actress Jackie Hoffman – who plays the role of Yente in the Folksbiene’s upcoming Yiddish version of “Fiddler on the Roof” – the three-hour extravaganza featured over a half-dozen acts which, while all rooted solidly in Yiddish and klezmer tradition, approached it from a variety of angles such that it was almost a mini-version of an entire SummerStage season.Read more: https://forward.com/culture/music/403198/yiddish-under-the-stars-turns-central-park-into-fabulous-panoply-of-sounds/
A production of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, hosted by the riotously funny Emmy Award-nominated actress Jackie Hoffman – who plays the role of Yente in the Folksbiene’s upcoming Yiddish version of “Fiddler on the Roof” – the three-hour extravaganza featured over a half-dozen acts which, while all rooted solidly in Yiddish and klezmer tradition, approached it from a variety of angles such that it was almost a mini-version of an entire SummerStage season.Read more: https://forward.com/culture/music/403198/yiddish-under-the-stars-turns-central-park-into-fabulous-panoply-of-sounds/
Performers included
– Frank London & His Klezmer All Stars
– Andy Statman
– Cantor Magda Fishman
– Pharaoh’s Daughter with Cantor Basya Schechter
– Golem
– Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird
– Eleanor Reissa
– Zalmen Mlotek


Here's a sampling of the evening's entertainment:

Enjoy!


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Friday, June 22, 2018

Kommon Kiruv Kwestions: A Guide to Hosting Guests on Shabbat


First of all, let's understand that today's video is parody, spoof, satire. If you can tolerate it, there is a payoff at the end. This is one in a series of sketches aimed at sharing the Shabbat experience with guests who don't observe Shabbat regularly.

It's an exaggerated case of kiruv, a word that signifies outreach, usually from the Orthodox Jewish perspective. In this sketch the MC is standup comedian Modi Rosenfeld, who introduces the "annoyingly friendly host" Kloynimus Kakelstein.

It's in the format of a TV game show, with the contestants asked to answer the question "What do I say if my guest asks me why we make a blessing on two loaves of challah? You'll recognize one of the contestants as Menashe Lustig, the chassidic actor-comedian who recently starred in the acclaimed film Menashe.

Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom!

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: President Ronald Reagan Tells Soviet Jokes


Every Thursday we've been turning the clock back a few decades to revisit some of our favorite comedy routines by the great comedians of the 20th century. 

But not all the funny jokes were delivered by professional comedians. One of the best jokers was the 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan, who was in office from 1980 to 1989.

He was fond of telling some of his favorite Soviet jokes in many of his speeches. Let's go back about 30 years for a few of his favorites. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Brooklyn's Brighton Beach Baths Evoke Memories of Catskills Comedy


The Borscht Belt era of comedy in the Catskill mountains ended in the 1980s, although Kutsher's, the last of the big hotels, managed to hold out until 2013. After the closing of most hotels, the comedy scene shifted to the Brighton Beach Baths until they also closed in 1995.

Some years later, comedy veterans Freddie Roman, Stewie Stone, and Dick Capri were interviewed by the website thatsbrooklyn.com (now on Facebook) and they reminisced about the good old days. It's a great nostalgia piece and we think you'll enjoy hearing their stories about the long-gone hotels and entertainers.

Here's the video that we found on YouTube. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Jewish-Muslim Iranian Rabbi Blends Two Cultures with Music

 
Eyal Mani grew up as Eyal Said, a Muslim in Iran. One day, when he flew to accompany his mother for medical treatment in Israel, she told him that he was half Jewish, and following the discovery, he decided to settle in Israel, become religious and become a rabbi.  

"I was born in Persia in 1961 and grew up as a Muslim in everything," he says. "My father was a Sufi Muslim, and I knew Judaism only through the 'Jewish' parts of the Koran, from the creation to the revelation at Mount Sinai, I believed the Muslim version that the Jews were originally the chosen people but later betrayed God, so he left them and chose the Muslims.

"My mother raised me as a Muslim too, but over the years she was careful to tell me the stories of Judaism and various midrashim through the Koran. I never asked myself why my father was a musician who was considered an admirer of traditional Persian music, and I drew on his love and understanding of music. He taught me a lot. People would come to our house to play with him and learn from him."


Rabbi Mani established the Mekhilta ensembleone of the most moving secular and orthodox Jewish musical collaborations.
 
in 2015 he was awarded an Ofir award (the Israeli 'Oscar' award) for writing the score of the film Baba Joon.

Enjoy! 

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Monday, June 18, 2018

A Joke to Start the Week - "Locker Room Cellphone"


It's Monday again and time for another Joke to Start the Week.

Here's the setup:

There are a few guys in the locker room of a golf club and they just finished showering when a cellphone on a bench starts to ring. Sheldon picks it up and says "Hello." And he hears a woman's voice, and then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Comedian Steve Solomon's Jewish Grandmother Teaches Kosher Laws to His Italian Mother


Steve Solomon is one of America's best story tellers and dialecticians. He delivers his comedy built around the premise that his mother is Italian and his father is Jewish. That's the perfect setup for delivery of a barrage of nonstop jokes and situations involving multiple dialects.

We saw his show My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish, and I'm in Therapy in Florida in February. The show originally opened off-Broadway in 2006, and he has been performing it in many locations ever since.
 

His show has been called one part lasagna, one part kreplach and two parts Prozac. Solomon wrote and stars in this one-man show, combining comic voices, sound effects and astounding characterizations to tell stories of the wacky side of the human condition.

In this excerpt he tells about how his Jewish grandmother tried to teach his Italian mother the rules of keeping kosher.

Enjoy!

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Welcoming Shabbat with Shalom Aleichem by Georgian Folk Group


Geo Folk Tour is a music and touristic project which hosts musical tours around Georgia,
accompanied by Georgian Polyphony. How they came to sing Shalom Aleichem is anybody's guess, but we accept it as another example of Jewish Traces in Unexpected Places.

They posted it on YouTube to mark recognition of Georgians' and Jews' relationship
as a subject of intangible cultural heritage with wishes to Israel for a Happy Independence Day.

Enjoy and Shabbat shalom!
 
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Caesar's Writers Remember Picking the Funniest Number


Caesar's Writers was a two hour reunion of writers from Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour, that took place on January 24, 1996 at the Writer's Guild theater in Los Angeles.

In this clip from the reunion, Neil Simon explains why he titled his play Laughter on the 23rd Floor, and Carl Reiner recalls the writers trying to come up with the funniest number for a roulette wheel sketch with Imogene Coca.

Enjoy! 

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Hevenu Shalom Aleichem Flashmob Greets Birthright Arrivals in Tel Aviv


On May 24, 2018, 2,000 young Jews from around the world arrived at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv as part of Birthright Israel's 18th year.

Marking 85 years of activity, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance decided to celebrate Israel's 70th anniversary and surprise them with a very warm welcome.

And they were surprised and happy to see the dancers and singers rejoice in Hevenu Shalom Aleichem. 

Enjoy!

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