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The Marshall Portnoy Show

Our special guest was Austin Pendleton, the great actor who originated the role of Motel in Fiddler on the Roof. We began with Naomi Miller's great version of the song "Hora", then Rita Ratson gave us great Yiddish Passover memories. We began a new segment, Nilmad Ivrit, Let's Learn Hebrew!, sponsored by the Hebrew root…
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The Marshall Portnoy Show

Our special guests were Beth Rosenwasser and Lior Liebling of J-Chai, the Judith Creed Horizons for Achieving Independence.  A discussion of Passover led to two cantorial selections, one with Zawel Kwartin and one with Moishe Oysher’s sister Fraydele Oysher. We talked about the Seder and included two versions of Avadim Hayinu, one with Uzi HItman,…
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The Marshall Portnoy Show

We launched on Tuesday, March 6, with special guest Thom Collins, director of The Barnes Foundation. What a marvelous guest, and what great initiatives The Barnes is doing, particularly in our inner city. I learned a little Yiddish with the delightful Rita Ratson (I’m not very good, so listeners will have no trouble keeping up…
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