“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome! Tonight we're here to tell you a story. It's the story of Boris and Bessie Thomashefsky, two kids from little shtetls in themiddle of the Ukrainian nowhere who came to America and became the founders and pioneers of the American Yiddish Theater; they also happened to be my grandparents.”

So begins The Thomashefskys: Music & Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater written, hosted and conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas...

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Great Performances
The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater

The Thomashefskys aired on PBS’ Great Performances on March 29, 2012. Watch the broadcast online.

Follow the Thomashefsky’s journey from their small shtetls in the Ukraine to becoming stars of the New York Yiddish stage to their lives in California.

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