Sunday, January 8, 2017
"Two Jews, Shmuel and Velvel, went into the television business. So they both went to the rabbi, Shneur Zalman." So starts a story told by Carroll O'Connor to Martin Balsam on a 1983 Chabad telethon.
What was "Archie Bunker" doing on a Chabad telethon? Two years earlier a Chabad House had burned down. O'Connor walked by and noticed the devastation. He immediately called Chabad and asked if there was anything he could do.
Chabad asked him to appear on their next telethon to help raise funds for rebuilding the structure. O'Connor appeared with Martin Balsam who played his friend Murray Klein on Archie Bunker's Place, the spin-off series from All in the Family from 1979 to 1981.
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