[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements--Documentary on Yiddish Culture Coming to PBS/DVD

Victor Bers victor.bers at yale.edu
Sun Sep 28 08:56:27 EDT 2008

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Sept. 28, 2008

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Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2008 08:17:10 -0400
From: David Weintraub <director at yiddishculture.org>
To: victor.bers at yale.edu
Subject: Documentary on Yiddish Culture Coming to PBS/DVD

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce that the documentary film WHERE NEON GOES TO DIE 
is coming to several PBS stations this fall/winter.  Neon is first film to 
capture Yiddish culture's first American revival.  On South Beach from the 
1920s to the 80's Yiddish culture blossomed while it was dissipating in 
many other places in the country.  At its height, Miami had half a dozen 
Yiddish theaters including the longest running Yiddish vaudeville theater 
in the world, eight radio stations broadcasting Yiddish radio, (including 
one broadcast from a deli), radical Yiddish organizations, choruses and 
more. WHERE NEON GOES TO DIE captures the rise of this "shtetl by the sea" 
and how gentrification and a host of other factors turned South Beach from 
cultural mecca to cultural wasteland in a short period of time.

The film will air on WPBT in South Florida on Sunday, October 5 at 6PM. 
It is expected to air on WNJN New Jersey PBS in December and WNCW North 
Carolina PBS in December.

But don't wait for a broadcast near you.  You can own the DVD which not 
only includes the film, but a number of special interviews, outtakes and 
snippets of Yiddish radio Miami-style.  To order on-line safely and 
securely go to: www.yiddishculture.org and hit the "Where Neon Goes to 
Die" button.  It makes a great gift and a great reminiscence of a world 
that once was.

Mit grus,

David Weintraub
Center for Yiddish Culture

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