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Folksbeine fills the house in Stamford

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It was standing-room-only at Temple Beth El in Stamford for the National Yiddish Theater Folkbiene’s “From Rosenfeld to Robeson.”

Close to 700 people experienced an extraordinary musical journey on Thursday, March 19 at Temple Beth El in Stamford. The standing room only crowd were on hand to hear “From Rosenfeld to Robeson,” a production of New York’s National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene that explores the repertoires of the acclaimed 20th century Yiddish poet Morris Rosenfeld, and Paul Robeson, the internationally renowned African-American singer and civil rights activist. Starring in the production were Elmore James, star of Broadway and international opera stages, and Zalman Mlotek, Foksbiene’s artistic director. The two were joined on stage by Beth El’s Cantor Magda Fishman, who has performed with Folksbiene before. The evening was presented free of charge by the Holocaust Memorial Committee and the UJF Levy Romanowitz Fund, as a tribute to Hesh Romanowitz z’’l, a beloved area pediatrician and mohel, and a champion of Yiddish, Holocaust education and remembrance, who died suddenly two years ago at the age of 63. It was co-sponsored by several community organizations and Stamford-area houses of worship.

CAP: Elmore James and Cantor Magda Fishman

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