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  • Stage legacy Michael Bernardi carries the ‘Fiddler’ torch on Broadway

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 1, 2016 | 3:21 pm

    When Michael Bernardi portrays the innkeeper Mordcha in the “Fiddler on the Roof” revival now on Broadway, he is literally stepping into his father’s shoes.

    Bernardi, 31, wears the same boots that his late father, the renowned Yiddish theater actor Herschel Bernardi, donned to...

  • Is ‘Fiddler’ Zionist? It is when Israel’s UN envoy hosts a performance

    May 13, 2016 | 10:40 am

    If, like me, you’re an Ashkenazi American Jew whose grandfather was a poor tailor who fled Eastern Europe for America at the turn of the last century, you tend to think of “Fiddler on the Roof” as family history.

    The story of “Fiddler” tailor Motel Kamzoil is my...

  • Theodore Bikel, actor, singer and activist, 91

    By Tom Tugend

    July 21, 2015 | 2:55 pm

    Theodore Bikel, folk singer, actor, liberal activist, Zionist and multilinguist, died of natural causes July 21 at the UCLA Medical Center. He was 91.

    Nicknamed Theo, Bikel was born in 1924 in Vienna and, as a 14-year-old in 1938, watched as Nazi troops march into his hometown...

  • Theodore Bikel, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ star, dies at 91

    July 21, 2015 | 11:54 am

    Actor Theodore Bikel, who originated the stage role of Captain von Trapp in "The Sound of Music" but was best known for starring as Tevye, the poor Jewish milkman, in the Broadway hit musical "Fiddler on the Roof," died on Tuesday at age 91.

    A native of Vienna, Austria, who grew...

  • Moving and shaking: StandWithUs, Chanukah in Los Angeles and Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback

    By Ryan Torok

    December 17, 2014 | 3:53 pm

    Stephen Wise Temple has named Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback as its next senior rabbi.

    The senior rabbi-elect, who is currently the head of Wise School, the synagogue’s day school for kindergarten through sixth grade and early childhood center, succeeds Rabbi Eli Herscher, according to a...

  • Daniel Cainer chronicles a kosher crisis

    December 4, 2014 | 9:59 am

    We live and learn / We laugh and cry / One day we’re born/ One day we die /

    We come from here / We go to there / And we’re all on a journey / To God knows where.

    Thus begins the gentle, sometimes hilarious, often poignant and all-true saga, Daniel Cainer’s “Jewish Chronicles.”...

  • Calendar Sept 13-19

    By Laura Donney

    September 10, 2014 | 10:33 am

    SAT | SEPT 13


    Are you ready to rage? With Jews? Of Comedy? Featuring some of this generation’s edgiest comics, the stage will offer two hours of insightful, side-splitting and more than your run-of-the-mill Borscht Belt humor. This evening’s lineup...

  • The making of a beloved ‘Tradition’ with Barbara Isenberg

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    September 3, 2014 | 2:20 pm

    Thanks to Barbara Isenberg and her effervescent and entertaining new book, “Tradition! The Highly Improbable, Ultimately Triumphant Broadway-to-Hollywood Story of Fiddler on the Roof, the World’s Most Beloved Musical” (St. Martin’s Press), the soundtrack to “Fiddler” is back on...

  • Theodore Bikel: A man in full

    By David Suissa

    June 4, 2014 | 11:31 am

    [July 21, 2015] I just heard the sad news that Theodore Bikel passed away. This is a column I wrote about him last year. He was a man in full, like no other.


    In theory, I was supposed to meet the great Theodore Bikel because of the tribute concert celebrating his 90th...

  • The Joy in Special Needs

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    February 27, 2014 | 10:18 pm

    I’m writing this blog post with the strains of “Hava Nagila” coming from the TV where my son Danny is about to watch his fourth viewing of the eponymous film, an uplifting, entertaining documentary about how the song orginated, it's international history, and why we all love to...

  • Awarding a Broadway ‘Wonder’

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    February 26, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    Few figures of popular culture are quite so beloved or beguiling as the character of Tevye, the pious but philosophical dairyman who reached his most celebrated incarnation in the Broadway hit musical “Fiddler on the Roof.” Yet Tevye himself and the musical in which he is showcased...

  • Dec 22, 2012 – Jan 4, 2013

    By Ryan Torok

    December 20, 2012 | 5:16 pm

    SAT DEC 22


    Formed in the late 1990s, Infected Mushroom set itself apart from the pack by crafting psychedelic trance music. Appearing live at the Avalon in Hollywood, Israeli electro-rockers Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani and Erez Eisen set out to take their DJ...

  • Laemmle to host ‘Fiddler’ sing-along on Christmas Eve

    By Ryan Torok

    December 22, 2011 | 4:40 pm

    For the fourth consecutive year, Laemmle Theatres is hosting a Christmas Eve sing-along screening of “Fiddler on the Roof,” Norman Jewison’s film adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical. The Dec. 24 event will be held 7:30 p.m. at the Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills.

  • Gogol, Chekhov ... Sholem Aleichem — Russia’s other great author

    By Tom Tugend

    July 26, 2011 | 6:21 pm

    Despite a long life of distinguished writing, it’s not without irony that Sholem Aleichem today is probably known to most people as the guy who wrote the story behind “Fiddler on the Roof.”

    Although he did not write the classic musical, Sholem (or Shalom) Aleichem was indeed...

  • Report from London: Finding Tevye in the Abbey

    May 1, 2011 | 12:09 pm

    Arriving in London this past Friday, April 29, I was immediately enveloped in a carnival-crazed country, a nation-wide block party made up of the tiniest Brits to those who had been alive at the 1926 birth of the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth, and witnessed her marriage and...

  • Farewell to Fiddler Folk

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 10, 2010 | 7:55 am


  • Fiddler on the Roof—in Japanese

    December 27, 2007 | 10:19 pm

    You’ve seen ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ scores of times, but have you ever seen it in Japanese?

  • Theater: A little ‘Fiddler’ on the Montana prairie

    By Kate Coe

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Fiddler On the Roof" opened on Broadway more than 40 years ago this month. The show, with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stein, was instantly popular, won numerous Tony Awards and has been successfully revived numerous times, but for me and members...
  • A Yiddish ‘Fiddler’ to Honor Aleichem

    By David Finnigan

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Actor and Yiddish-language true believer Theodore Bikel grew up in prewar Europe, with German as his first language and Yiddish a quick second, partly due to his father reading his family Sholom Aleichem stories every Tuesday night.

    "He picked the night," said Bikel, now 81 and set...

  • We Need You!

    By Mike Levy

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The famous musical, "Fiddler on the Roof," which celebrates life and Jewish family tradition during turbulent times, is coming to town, and what better time than now?

    Originally written by Shalom Aleichem and turned into a film by Joseph Stein and Norman Jewison in 1971, "Fiddler"...

  • ‘Fiddler’ Plays On

    By Eddy Friedfeld

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Since it opened at Broadway's Imperial Theater on Sept. 22, 1964, "Fiddler on the Roof" with the late Zero Mostel as Tevye, the milkman trying to preserve his family's traditions in the face of a changing world, is still part of the tapestry of Jewish and American culture.

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