Aug 10th Lectures


Hollywood Yente (71)

Matchmaker, Matchmaker: From Boiberik to Broadway

Sholem Aleichem lovers know there is no one named “Yente the Matchmaker” in his Tevye stories.  So who is Yente, & why is she such an important character in Fiddler on the Roof?

Afternoon lecture in Wilmette with “instant replay” in the Loop.

When & Where:

Tuesday, Aug 10 at 12:15 PM @  Wilmette Public Library

Tuesday, Aug 10 at 6:30 PMHarold Washington Library Center

Click here for 8/10 Handout –> 10Aug10Handout


This is my second summer presentation on Fiddler on the Roof.  The first one, called Stempenyu: From Berdichev to Broadway, is available as a podcast on the JUF News website.

This year’s presentation will include Sholem Aleichem’s descriptions of “Ephraim the Matchmaker” (the character in the Tevye stories who Yente replaced).  Once again, leyenkrayz member Elisa Steinberg will read selected passages from Sholem Aleichem in Yiddish.  Both lectures are sponsored by the Chicago YIVO Society as part of their annual Summer Festival of Yiddish Culture.  The Loop lecture is also co-sponsored by ORT–Urban Chapter of Chicago.  A Sheynem Dank!

Paula Scrofano as “Golde” (left) & Rebecca Finnegan as “Yente” (right). Costume design by Nancy Missimi. (Photo courtesy of Marriott Lincolnshire)
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