A fascinating film and discussion:
Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem
Directed by John Lollos
Executive Producer: Theodore Bikel
Narrated by Alan Alda
Original Music: Hankus Netsky
Interviewees: Fyvush Finkel,
Gilbert Gottfried, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Jeremy Dauber, Michael Wex, David Krakauer, Allen Lewis Rickman, Jacob Ben-Zion Mendelson, Sheldon Harnick & Bel Kaufman
Through his charismatic storytelling and masterful performance, Theodore Bikel explores Sholom Aleichem’s life and work in this enchanting documentary. The two men have much in common: wit, wisdom and talent, all shot through with deep humanity and Yiddishkeit.
Sholom Aleichem was a pioneer of modern Jewish literature. His dozens of enduring characters – Tevye the Milkman, Motl the Cantor’s Son, and Menachem Mendl – personify the “shtetl Jews” for whom humor and pathos were two sides of the same Yiddish coin.
Theodore Bikel, whose career encompassed more than 150 screen roles and countless stage and musical productions, was the foremost interpreter of Sholom Aleichem’s work. Bikel played Sholom Aleichem’s most famous character, Tevye the Milkman, on stage and created and starred in two celebrated musical plays about the great Yiddish author.
Coffee, bagels, and schmoozing at 9:30 AM. Video starts promptly at 9:45 AM, followed by discussion.