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Yiddish Extravaganza, NYC, Nov 21

Yiddish Benefit Nov. 21 honors Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman

On Monday, November 21st, the Congress for Jewish Culture will hold a concert in honor of the Yiddish poetess, painter and songstress Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman. Among those scheduled to perform are Yiddish theater stars Shifra Lerer and Hy Wolfe; Yiddish divas Adrienne Cooper, Theresa Tova and Phyllis Berk; the Pripetshik Singers with director Binyumen Schaechter; singer Josh Waletzky, world-renowned klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and tsimbl-player Pete Rushefsky.

The concert, a benefit for the Congress for Jewish Culture, entitled "Yiddish Extravaganza" will take place on Monday, November 21st at 7 PM in Theater 80 St. Marks in Manhattan. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered through Theatermania Ticketing Services at (212) 352-3101 or http://www.theatermania.com/content/show.cfm/show/116457

Gottesman, a longtime resident of the Bronx, recently received a 2005 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC. This is the highest honor that the federal government bestows upon folk and traditional artists. Born in Vienna and raised in Czernowitz, Romania, she came to New York in 1951 and has been active in all aspects of Yiddish culture throughout her time here. She has published books and CDs of her poetry and songs, and her song Harbstlid (Autumn Song) has become an anthem of the recent Yiddish cultural revival. In 1998, Gottesman was inducted into the New York City City Lore Hall Peoples Hall of Fame.

The Congress for Jewish Culture is a 57-year-old organization dedicated to promoting Yiddish culture in America and throughout the world.

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