Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Jewish Heritage Museum Presents  Ethel Merman, an American Icon,  Presented by Historian Marty Schneit

Ethel Merman, an American Icon Presented by Historian Marty Schneit 

WHEN: Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at 2 PM
ADMISSION: $7 non-members and $5 members
To make a reservation, please email

Ethel Merman was New York City’s girl next door. She went from being a stenographer from Queens to becoming the queen of the Broadway Musical in its golden age.  On October 14, 1930 she brought the house down with her performance of George and Ira Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm. Ethel’s rag-to-riches story fueled the hopes of everyday people. Marty will discuss the standards introduced by her on Broadway, like "Everything’s Coming Up Roses," "Rose’s Turn," "Anything Goes," "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries," and "There’s No Business Like Show Business."

Marty Schneit, born-and-bred New Yorker and Historian, has lectured at the New York Public Library, JCC, The 92nd Street Y, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, and Fordham University. The Jewish Braille Institute has recorded his lectures.

This program is sponsored in part by Gary Matoren in memory of his daughter, Debbie Lynn Matoren, and in honor of The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County and the Jewish Community in Monmouth County.

Funding has been made possible in part by an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Monmouth County Historical Commission.

For more information or to make a donation, call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit

The Jewish Heritage Museum is located in the Mounts Corner Shopping  Center, at 310 Mounts Corner Drive Freehold, NJ, at the corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall). It is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn. 

The JHMOMC is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Museum is handicapped and assisted-listening accessible.