Jewish American Heritage Month!

Celebrate Jewish American culture with us this May at our festival at Forest Hills Library!

Our special events will include music, singing, and old-time comedy acts straight out of vaudeville, with the most talented performers around town—featuring special guest star Mitzi Manna, international star of the Yiddish theater who has appeared in basements everywhere from Berlin to the Bronx!

Loads of laughter are guaranteed! Not since the Borscht Belt has there been such a show!

All events will take place at Forest Hills Community Library, at 108-19 71st Avenue.

For more information, call 718-268-7934 or download our festival brochure.



Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m.
Hy Wolfe in Concert: Yiddish Songs and Stories

Hy Wolfe is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, the president of the Hebrew Actors' Foundation, and the director of the Yiddish National Theater. 2018 marks Hy's 40th year as an actor. He will take you on a voyage spanning 100 years of Yiddish music and folklore. Hy is the "Real Deal"—a native-born Yiddish speaker who loves to perform in mame-loshn! Don't speak or understand Yiddish? Not to worry—Hy translates every song and story into English! CDs will be available for sale and signing.


Monday, May 7 at 6 p.m.
Miryem-Khaye Seigel in Concert: Yiddish Folk and Theater Music

Miryem-Khaye Seigel is a Yiddish singer, songwriter, and actor. A fluent Yiddish speaker and scholar, she has performed, taught, and lectured internationally. "Toyznt tamen = A thousand flavors" (2015) is her debut solo album of original and adapted Yiddish songs. Miryem-Khaye's concert will include a broad range of Yiddish folk and theater repertoire, from heartfelt to humorous, sung in various dialects of Yiddish. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll learn! English translations will be provided. CDs will be available for sale and signing.


Thursday, May 10 at 6 p.m.
Mitzi Manna in Concert

Mitzi Manna, international star of the Yiddish theater, has appeared in basements everywhere from Berlin to the Bronx. She is thrilled to at last be bringing her story to a basement in Queens. Mitzi sings and recites songs and poems written for and about her in her beloved mame-loshn, but she will spill all the tea from her long and checkered career in whatever language the audience understands best! Mitzi Manna is born from the pixilated mind of Shane Baker, whom the New York Times declares “one of the most prominent proponents of Yiddish theater, language, and culture in New York.” But why trust them––come find out for yourself!


Monday, May 14 at 6 p.m.
Musical Salute to Molly Picon, Star of the Yiddish Theater, with Diane Cypkin

Dr. Diane Cypkin will tell—in English narration—the life story of Molly Picon, the exciting First Lady of the Yiddish Stage, through the countless songs she sang and often wrote during her many years as an entertainer. Dr. Cypkin is a Professor of Media and Communication Arts at Pace University, an accomplished entertainer as well as a curator responsible for highly successful exhibits on Molly Picon at Lincoln Center and Yiddish theater at the Museum of the City of New York. She will be accompanied by Lena Panfilova, a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, who has performed as a collaborative pianist with many musicians in Russia, across Europe, and in the United States.


Monday, May 21 at 6 p.m.
A Shameless Yiddish, etc. Vaudeville

This evening's program will feature songs and sketches from Yiddish and American vaudeville, and miscellaneous related frou-frou. Understanding Yiddish helps, but you’ll still laugh without it! Our performers are Yiddish Theater, Broadway, Off -Broadway, television, and movie veterans Yelena Shmulenson, Steve Sterner, and Allen Lewis Rickman. Allen Lewis Rickman is a Yiddish theater historian as well as an actor, writer, and director. His acting credits include the Coen brothers’ "A Serious Man," Barry Levinson’s "You Don’t Know Jack" (with Al Pacino), John Turturro’s "Fading Gigolo" (with Woody Allen), and recurring roles on "Boardwalk Empire" and "Public Morals," along with his many theater appearances.

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