Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Celebrate Purim

Let's Make Some Noise


Purim Celebration
February 22-25
Featuring a cast of talent from both at home and across the globe for a week of fun-filled virtual events celebrating the joyous occasion of Purim

A star-studded line-up of Yiddish music, Cabaret, and a special reading of the Megiles Ester (The Book of Ester) in Yiddish

Zalmen Mlotek's Living Room Concert

A selection of Yiddish Purim Songs


The celebration begins on Monday, February 22, at 1 PM ET, with one of Folksbiene! LIVE’s signature programs, NYTF Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek’s Living Room Concerts. Mlotek will present a selection of Yiddish Purim Songs.

All events are presented Free!


15 Minute Yiddish (more or less)


On Tuesday, February 23, at 1 PM ET, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Associate Artistic Director Motl Didner will present a Purim-themed episode of 15 Minute Yiddish featuring an original Purim Shpil, the earliest form of Yiddish theater, performed by 15 Minute Yiddish fan-favorite characters Helen, Murray, Professor Thompson, Sophia, Scott, and Wayne. This episode also marks the Season 2 finale. Didner’s weekly lessons have gained a cult following, teaching adults the basics of Yiddish conversation—no experience necessary.

All events are presented Free!


Have Tequila Cabaret


On Wednesday, February 24, at 7 PM ET, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will introduce a new quarterly series, Hava Tequila Cabaret. The inaugural episode is hosted by Adam B. Shapiro, one of the stars of the award-winning Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish and the host and director of Folksbiene’s Chanukah Spectacular, which premiered in December 2020 and drew over 35,000 viewers. This fun-filled event brings together a cast of young and rising talent—most who’ve starred in National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene productions like Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish and The Sorceress, including, Dani Apple, Stephanie Lynne Mason, Daniella Rabbani, Lauren Jeanne Thomas, Bobby Underwood, and Mikhl Yashinsky. Michael Winograd will join Daniella Rabbani to perform a duet.

Available for a limited time starting February 24 at 7 PM ET through Sunday, February 28 at 7 PM ET

Hava Tequila Cabaret is a benefit for the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene through permission from Theatre Authority, Inc.


All events are presented Free!


Image: “Purim,” reproduction of Arthur Szyk illustration from “Holiday Series”, 878.92. Gift of Benjamin and Miriam Rudolph.

The Megillah in Yiddish

Closing the festival on Thursday, February 25, at 7 PM ET, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust host a simkhe (celebration) in honor of Purim, led by Motl Didner. The simkhe will feature a lively reading of the Megiles Ester (Book of Ester) in Yiddish—as translated by the great poet Yehoash, featuring a cast of international readers, Rivka Augenfeld (Yiddish activist, Montreal, Canada), Cantor Arianne Brown (Adas Israel Congregation, Washington DC), Mendy Cahan (Founder of Israel’s Yung Yiddish), Jeanette Friedman (NYTF Board of Directors alumna), Rafael Goldwasser (Internationally renowned actor, Buenos Aires, Argentina), Anna Fishman Gonshor (Lecturer, McGill University, Montreal, Canada), Zalmen Mlotek (NYTF Artistic Director), Maia Morgenstern (Director, State Jewish Theater, Bucharest, Romania), Freydi Mrocki (Singer and Yiddish teacher, Melbourne, Australia), and Shmuel Atzmon Wirtzer (Founder of Israel’s Yiddishpiel Theater).

Following the reading, the Brooklyn-based klezmer ensemble Litvakus will take the stage for a festive musical performance. The group was founded and is led by D. Zisl Slepovitch and includes Zoë Aqua, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman, Joshua Camp, and Sam Weisenberg. The program also will feature a presentation by Ari Goldstein, Senior Programs Producer at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, of historic artifacts from the Museum’s collection illustrating Purim and its role in 20th-century European Jewish communities.

All events are presented Free!



The Megillah in Yiddish is co-presented by
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust