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April 20, 2018  RSS feed
Culture

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Talk: Sholem Aleichem and ‘Fiddling with Tradition’


Jeff Lipkes Jeff Lipkes Historian Jeff Lipkes will discuss the transformations undergone by the Tevye stories of the great Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem when the tales crossed the Atlantic, and what these changes reveal about American descendants of Eastern European Jews.

The talk will focus on how these Jews perceived their own past, their relations with gentiles, and especially intermarriage. The program will feature a showing of Maurice Schwartz’s 1939 film Tevye (Yiddish with English subtitles).

The event will be held Sunday, May 20, from 2 - 4:45 p.m., at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa.

In the discussion there will be a comparison of the 1939 film to both the 1964 Broadway production and to Norman Jewison’s 1971 film adaptation, as well as to the original Sholem Aleichem stories. Included in the discussion will be a consideration of the “bible” of the creators of Fiddler on the Roof, Mark Zborowski and Elizabeth Herzog’s classic account of the shtetl, Life Is With People.

In advance, attendees should watch on youtube the following musical numbers and excerpts from Fiddler: “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker,” “Fyedka and Chava,” “Perchik,” and “Sabbath Prayer.” The original Tevye stories also are available in three English translations for those interested.

Lipkes, who holds a Ph.D from Princeton, has taught modern European history at USF, Eckerd College, and Florida Southern College.

Lipkes is the organizer of Humanistic Jews of Tampa Bay.


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