National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene To Host Immigration Arts Summit

In July, within sight of the Statue of Liberty, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will host a two-day immigration arts summit.

The event, scheduled for July 17 and 18, will coincide with the Folksbiene’s presentation of the original musical “Amerike — The Golden Land,” which opens July 4. Like that production, the summit will take place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park.

“All immigrant story-lines of starting new lives in America and pursuing the American Dream share many common threads,” Folksbiene CEO Christopher Massimine commented in a press release.

“There is so much we hope to learn about the positive and negative aspects of this uniquely American experience,” he added.

The summit, which will feature a keynote address from actor John Leguizamo, will involve organizations including the Pan Asian Repertory, Repertorio Español, Irish Repertory Theatre, and the Kairos Italy Theater. Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs in the USA will also participate.

Also present will be Morris Vogel, executive director emeritus of the Tenement Museum, and Frank London of the Klezmatics.

The summit will conclude with a free public concert in Robert Wagner Park.


Talya Zax

Talya Zax

Talya Zax is the Forward’s deputy culture editor. Contact her at or on Twitter, @TalyaZax.

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