Sarah Litvin


St. Patrick’s Day With the Irish and the Jews

By Sarah Litvin

St. Patrick’s Day With the Irish and the Jews
The first time Mick Moloney visited America, he fell in love with a library. “God almighty!” Moloney said when remembering it in a 1993 interview with Steve Winick of Dirty Linen magazine. “I couldn’t leave it. I used to stay up all night reading these books.” The library belonged to Kenny Goldstein, then chair of the University of Pennsylvania Folklore and Folklife Department. After enticing Moloney back to the States in 1972 to enroll in the University of Pennsylvania’s folklore program, Goldstein served as Moloney’s mentor, advocate, and friend, guiding him to international acclaim as a folklorist and musician. Thirty-six years after meeting Goldstein, Moloney noticed a trend: “Nearly all the significant partnerships I’ve had with people professionally have been with Jewish people.”Read More



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