Category Archives: New York City

Fiddler in Yiddish

  “A fidler afn dakh, arop fun zinen, ha?” That’s Yiddish for “A fiddler on the roof—sounds crazy, no?” It’s the opening line of the 1964 musical, Fiddler on the Roof, based on stories by Sholem Aleichem  about Tevye the Dairyman … Continue reading

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Facing History: Removing Statues

A statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims (1813-1883) was removed from New York City’s Central Park yesterday, after holding court for 84 years. Sims, dubbed “the father of gynecology,” performed surgical experiments on female slaves without anesthesia. His statue will … Continue reading

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David Hockney at 80

We should all age like David Hockney. At 80, he paints everyday. Sometimes on his ipad, sometimes on canvas. Lucky for us, we get to see his work and appreciate how his art has evolved in his life. A little … Continue reading

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Leonard Bernstein at 100

On our way to a performance of Junk,  Ayad Akhtar’s new play about the 1980’s financial world where junk bonds captured investor (and federal investigator) attention, we stopped at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ exhibit about … Continue reading

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NYC Women’s March

Yesterday I joined thousands of others- women, men, families, children and dogs in New York City for the Women’s March. As soon as my friends and I left the train station, we felt the energy of the march. We walked … Continue reading

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9/11 & Grandparents Day: Choices to Make

It’s National Grandparents Day. It’s also the 15th anniversary of 9/11. And both these days resonate for me. On Sept. 11, 2001, I was teaching 8th grade Language Arts  in South Orange, NJ when the principal made a vague announcement over … Continue reading

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Revisiting Fiddler on the Roof

What’s not to like about Fiddler?  Foot tapping, hum–along, memorable music and lyrics, stunning choreography, and a story that resonates, 52 years after the show first appeared on Broadway. Based on Ukraine writer Sholem Aleichem’s (1859- 1916) short stories, “Tevye … Continue reading

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