The third in my series of lectures delivered at https://www.lvnertamid.org/ on the Jewish American Experience focusing on how Jewish pioneers shaped the American theater. Tracing the roots from early Purim Shpiels through the Brody Singers to Goldfaden, the Adler family, the musical playwrights of the 1950s, Neil Simon, and Joseph Papp, it is a comprehensive overview of the contributions.
(Requires PowerPoint or Google Slides) 3_The Making of Broadway
(Requires Acrobat or other PDF reader) 3_The Making of Broadway
Jews in America have always been at the forefront of social change. From Revolutionary War hero Haym Solomon to union activists, feminists and those fighting for our privacy, this is a history of those who raised their voices for social change. Please feel free to download a copy:
Voices for Social Justice Final
On December 11th, 2008, the world was shocked when Jewish financier Bernard “Bernie” Madoff was arrested and would later be convicted for running the largest “Ponzi” scheme that the world has ever known. Like many Jews, I worried that this arrest, coming soon after the bursting of the housing bubble and at a time when the world faced a new depression would usher in a new age of anti-Semitism, that the world would focus all its anger on Jews, reviving the myths of Jewish control of the world’s financial markets. That hasn’t happened, at least not to a measurable degree, but I knew at that moment that I wanted to explore the real story behind The Jewish Financiers.
This was originally presented on April 17th, 2011, two days after the 10th Anniversary of the death of Jeffry Ross Hyman, better known as lead singer Joey Ramone of The Ramones. Thousands of fans, including me, remember Joey as someone who touched our lives, who made us smile even during difficult times.
Punk rock grew out of the artistic endeavors of a number of Jewish pioneers. Drawing from Alan Ginsburg’s poem Howl and the comedy of Lenny Bruce, evolving into the music of Tuli Kupferberg and the Fugs, to early punk antecedents Lou Reed and The Dictators, Richard Hell and the Voidoids and Ramones created something magical. This traces their journey.
View or download the full article in PDF format from: Jews_In_Punk
The American Jewish Experience was originally presented on April 13, 2008 and contains a wealth of information on the topic.