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An Evening with Sholem Aleichem

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016Time: 7:30 pm
Location:  Show map JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
Contact: Rachel WhittomPhone: 510.848.0237 x142Email:

Presented with Artist-in-Residence: Citizen Film

 Read the May 2 highlight here! 

Join us for an evening of film and lively theatrical readings celebrating the life and work of Sholem Aleichem, the most popular Jewish writer of his day, creator of Tevye (of Fiddler on the Roof fame) and many other richly drawn characters. His close relationship with readers was similar to popular bloggers and their readers today, and his characters and themes remain etched in the American-Jewish psyche. 

To mark Sholem Aleichem’s 100th Yortsayt – the 100th anniversary of his death – we present a special selection of film clips about and inspired by his life and work. A short film by Citizen Film’s Sam Ball kicks off the evening, celebrating the importance of modern Yiddish literature from the point of view of Yiddish Book Center founder Aaron Lansky, followed by two selections from Joe Dorman’s Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness, interspersed with lively, participatory activities honoring the author’s last request, that his work be read out loud on his Yortsayt. 

Citizen Film will unveil an exclusive preview of the definitive Sholem Aleichem website at the JCC event May 5th, followed by the official website launch May 13th. Read aloud at this fun, community storytelling event that continues the long tradition of families and friends coming together to enjoy the writings of Sholem Aleichem, and your reading could make it onto the website's participatory online gallery!

“Select one of my stories, one of the really joyous ones, and read it aloud… and let my name be mentioned … with laughter rather than not be mentioned at all.” Sholem Aleichem [1916]

Citizen Film is a not-for-profit production company dedicated to crafting documentaries with care and dignity. They collaborate with cultural institutions, community organizations and independent producers to create films and online media that foster active engagement in cultural and civic life.