The Bronx Jewish Historical Initiative was delighted to be associated with the recent performance by Avi Hoffman of the Yiddish play “Reflections of a Lost Poet: The Life and Times of Itzak Manger”, presented by The Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center. The play, in Yiddish with English super titles, was followed by a panel discussion moderated by the Jewish Broadcast Services’ Rabbi Mark Golub. The entire afternoon was filmed by the JBS for broadcast. It will also, after editing, be available on this BxJHI website.
Panelists were Avi Hoffman; his mother Miriam Hoffman (who wrote the play); Martin Peretz, former editor-in-chief of The New Republic; Rita Greenstein, author of “It Seems Just Like Yesterday” and newly appointed editor of the Yiddish Forward, Rukhl Schaechter. Avi Hoffman and Rukhl Schaechter attended school at the Center and Avi’s first performance, when we was just four years old, was on the Center’s stage. Quite a nostalgic homecoming!