A PBS documentary premiering on New Year's Day traces the history of Jews' fingerprints on America's greatest shows, complete with interviews, archival performance footage, and, of course, plenty of show tunes.
Immigration advocacy meets the stage: How the managing attorney for HIAS in Philadelphia put together a coalition of a dozen organizations in order to bring an immigration-themed performance to the area.
Helen Gottstein sits at the head of the room with her legs crossed and a scarf draped over her head. She tells the Philadelphia audience seated before her that she lives in Jerusalem and is a mother of 10 children, none of whom she wants serving in the Israeli army.
Jay Kholos doesn’t hesitate when asked where he got the idea for A Stoop on Orchard Street , his musical retelling of the turn-of-the-20th-century Jewish immigrant experience in New York: “The Yankees’ Old-Timers’ Day,” he says with a laugh. Of course, that’s not the whole story behind the show that is now playing at the Dell Theater of the National...