A Bintel Brief: Sixty Years of Letters from the Lower East Side to the Jewish Daily Forward
Sunday, May 28 at 3pm
FREE – Reservations recommended!
Upstairs Performance Hall
For more than eighty years the Jewish Daily Forward’s legendary advice column, A Bintel Brief (Yiddish for “a bundle of letters”), dispensed shrewd, practical and fair minded advice to its readers. Created in 1906 to help bewildered Eastern European Jewish immigrants learn about their new country, the column also gave them a forum for seeking advice and support in the face of problems and challenges ranging from wrenching spiritual dilemmas to family squabbles—predicaments when old world meets new.
Directed by Carol Rusoff, this free staged reading of A Bintel Brief will feature live musical accompaniment and a diverse cast of actors who will bring to life the history, the humor and the struggle of the Jewish immigrant experience. Refreshments will be served following the reading.
This project has been supported by a grant from the Wassermann-Streit Y’DIYAH Memorial Fund through the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.