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On October 19th more than 1,000 people tuned in to watch the Forward’s first online gala.
One of this year’s features was an online auction. One of the offerings people could bid on – a private Yiddish lesson with Forverts editor Rukhl Schaechter – went up to $720. The evening also included greetings from celebrities including former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and actress Mayim Bialik, as well as various musical and comic routines by talented performers.
A highlight of the evening was a sketch featuring Yiddish actors Allen Lewis Rickman and Yelena Shmulenson. The married comic duo taught viewers a number of colorful Yiddish expressions that not only demonstrated the clever irony and sarcasm of eastern European Yiddish speakers, but was also downright hilarious.