Sounds of the Mamaloshen

October 3, 2014 6:28 PM

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Sounds of the Mamaloshen

For several decades, the Blackglama line of furs has used a celebrity-driven marketing campaign (What Becomes A Legend Most?) to great effect. But, in a time when audiences are quick to label a performer as a cultural icon, how does one describe an individual who has become a cultural hero to millions?

Two programs at the 2014 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival featured artists who, throughout their lives, have been ardent champions of Yiddish culture. Although Molly Picon passed on in 1992, Theodore Bikel (who recently celebrated his 90th birthday) received the festival's annual Freedom of Expres...

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