Event celebrates 100th yahrzeit of Sholem Aleichem

Author Sholem Aleichem

The Jewish community will have the chance to honor the memory of Sholem Aleichem during a special event at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 15 in the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center theater in the Jewish Federation building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive. Sholem Aleichem was the pen name of Solomon Rabinovich, born in 1859, who began writing Yiddish stories in 1883 and published extensively in Yiddish newspapers. Rabinovich gave life to Tevye the Dairyman and scores of other characters from the mythic world of the Jewish shtetl.

The program will include klezmer music that was first recorded during Aleichem’s lifetime, Yiddish songs he helped propagate, and, of course, several stories. The celebration will feature Paul Wexler (clarinet), Will Soll (mandolin and guitar), Iggie Tiemann (bass) and Ed Reggi (storyteller).

This program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To RSVP or for more information, call 314-442-3711 or email [email protected]. The event is co-sponsored by the Holocaust Museum & Learning Center and the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library.