The stores of two beloved Jewish icons are woven together in this documentary, which combines Bikel's masterful storytelling and performances with Aleichem's remarkable life and work.
The film's highlights include interviews with Alan Alda, Fyvush Finkel, Ruth Westheimer, and Sholom Aleichem's granddaughter, Bel Kaufman. Aleichem, the great Jewish storyteller, and Theodore Bikel, troubadour, actor and one of the most popular stage interpreters of Aleichem's work, are two sides of the same coin, sharing wit, wisdom, and a healthy dose of Yiddishkeit.
Guest: Motl Didner, Associate Artistic Director, the National Yiddish Theatre
This quirky mockumentary focuses on he quest to define one's self in a conformity-driven world. Leonard Zelig elects to be like others rather than stand out from the crowd. What could possibly go wrong?
Guest: Dr. Peter Antyles, Vassar College professor, takes us on a brief thought-provoking exploration of assimilation and the media
This classic tale of old world meets new finds 30-something Izzy resisting the matchmaking of her bubbie. More interested in worldly Anton, Izzy isn't prepared for what happens when she meets Sam, "the pickle man".
Guest: Susan Sandler, Delancey Street screenwriter discusses her movie and the craft of Jewish storytelling.
All films will be screened at Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center, 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY.
*Note later ending time for Crossing Delancey.