Purim Shpiels Aplenty

Published March 02, 2007, issue of March 02, 2007.
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It’s not difficult for New Yorkers to find their niche, and Purim events are no exception. Yiddishists should check out the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene’s “Purim in Khelm,” a fully staged Purim shpiel written and directed by Motl Didner, with original songs by Miryem-Khaye Seigel. The show, which is sponsored by the City University of New York, is presented in Yiddish with English and Russian supertitles.

Prefer the tunes of the Great White Way? Head to the third annual Broadway Purim Shpiel, presented by the National Entertainment Fund for the Cultural Arts to benefit Taglit-Birthright Israel, a program that gives young Jews the opportunity to visit Israel on an educational, all-expense-paid trip. Hosted by comedian Seth Rudetsky, the production includes performances by stars of “Les Misérables,” “Jersey Boys” and “American Idol.”

Folksbiene performances are shown at various CUNY Campuses; Feb.27-March 8; free; reservations required. (718-951-4500, 212-213-2120 or www.folksbiene.org)

Broadway Purim Shpiel: Hudson Theatre, 141 W. 44th St.; March 4, 7 p.m.; $100, $75; tickets includes pre-show open bar and post-show dessert-and-wine reception. (212-868-4444, www.smarttix.com or www.3rdbroadwaypurimshpiel.com)

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