'Fiddler' focus of talk, dinner at Knesset Israel

Thursday July 5, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Knesset Israel invites people of all traditions to enjoy a discussion about and performance of "Fiddler on the Roof" next Wednesday.

The Pittsfield synagogue at 16 Colt Road is hosting a talk and dinner, starting at 4:45 p.m. on July 11, followed by a trip to Barrington Stage Co., where the classic musical is on stage now.

Martin Bookspan, known as the announcer of "Live from Lincoln Center" and "Live from the Met," will lead the pre-dinner talk about the music of "Fiddler." David Barile of On A Roll Cafe in Pittsfield will be catering out of the temple’s kosher kitchen.

Bobbi Cohn, vice president of development for Knesset Israel, said the theater party is a fundraiser for the synagogue that’s open to all.

" ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ has such appeal for Jewish audiences that we thought it would be a great thing to do," she said. "It also has such a universal theme of people holding on to their tradition in the changing world, and how we all cope with that."

Admission to the dinner and talk is $45; tickets can be purchased through Friday by calling (413) 445-4872, ext. 10 or by visiting www.knessetisrael.org. Those who do not already have tickets to the performance of "Fiddler" at Barrington Stage should arrange them through the theater, Cohn said. The box office can be reached at (413) 236-8888 or www.barrington


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