Monthly Film Night: The World of Sholom Aleichem

Kathleen Leszczynski

March 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Rebecca Weller

Join us for the screening and discussion of movies with a Jewish theme.

The World of Sholom Aleichem

MONDAY | MAR. 4 | 7:00 PM

This omnibus release consists of three playlets filmed and aired during television’s Golden Age, and starring some of the legends of film and television. The collection originally ran as a two-hour segment on December 14, 1959, on the anthology series “The Play of the Week”. Each “tale” in the anthology was adapted from a single tale by the inimitable Sholom Aleichem, regarded by many as the “Yiddish Mark Twain.” Included are: A Tale of Chelm, starring Zero Mostel and Nancy Walker in the story of a bookseller attempting to buy a goat; Bontche Schweig, about a poor man (Jack Gilford) whose recent arrival in Heaven makes the angels cry; and The High School,about a Jewish merchant (Morris Carnovsky) persuaded by his wife (Gertrude Berg) to let their son attend a particular high school despite the enforcement of quotas for Jewish students