03 December 2008

Los Angeles: Yiddish theatre, music, Dec. 7

The JGS of Los Angeles will present a program on the influence of Yiddish theatre and music on American culture by Cantor Hale Porter, at 1.30pm, Sunday, December 7, at the Milken JCC in West Hills.
The modern Yiddish theatre came into being in Romania in 1876. Its goal was to convey middle-class Western European standards of education and enlightenment to “uneducated” Jews. In this sense, the Yiddish stage was designed as an institution for and by Jews, but when it moved to the Lower East Side of New York City it also became a venue for cultural exchange between Jews and non-Jews. The Yiddish theater district -- centered on Manhattan’s Second Avenue -- was home to dozens of Yiddish theater troupes, theatrical establish-ments and vaudeville houses, and the stage was the main cultural institution of the immigrant Jewish community.
JGSLA board member Hale Porter has spent a lifetime in and around Yiddish theater and radio, working as an entertainer in the Catskills and on Second Avenue. He'll offer music, laughs, film clips and more, explaining how Yiddish theater, radio and music have influenced American culture.

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