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The Marshall Portnoy Show

Why is it that Jewish composers and lyricists have had such prominent careers in popular music and show business? We answer that question by comparing traditional Jewish musical elements to Broadway and popular tunes, and we have lots of help! - - including Irving Berlin, Al Jolson, and Richard Rodgers. We also celebrate the birthday…
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The Cheesecake Recipe I promised you!

This cake is a lighter, home style version of the famous Lindy’s cheesecake. Lindy’s Broadway restaurant was a favorite hangout for entertainers, tourists and mobsters alike from the 1920’s until the late 1960’s. Milton Berle, the famous comedian, was a frequent patron, and one evening I actually saw him holding court at a large rectangular…

The Marshall Portnoy Show

Today we celebrate Israel Independence Day! Music of Israel by Ilanit, Ofra Haza and many others! Chef Jane introduces a delectable dessert to celebrate the holiday, and an American student tells why she is going to Israel - - permanently! You’ll hear David Ben Gurion reading the Proclamation of Israel’s Independence, and Rita Ratson will…
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Jane Portnoy's Strawberry Rhubarb pie recipe

Marshall Portnoy shared his wife Jane's amazing recipe on his show, The Marshall Portnoy Show, Tuesday. Here are the directions! STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE DOUBLE CRUST RECIPE FOR A 9-INCH PIE PLATE: 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 1⁄2 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes 1⁄4 cup chilled parve margarine (or butter), cut…

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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