“A moving and thoroughly entertaining portrait… had audience members laughing and clapping after every precious Bikel performance.”
- Jay Rosenblatt, Program Director, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
“Aimee’s talk about her late husband’s extraordinary life was spellbinding, and the film is absolutely riveting”
- Dr. Yizhar Haruzi, Chair, Cedars Sinai Alumni Assn.
An engaging evening featuring a screening of the legendary Theodore Bikel z”l’s critically acclaimed documentary film, followed by a lively audience discussion with Aimee Ginsburg Bikel – widow of Theo, and Director, The Theodore Bikel Legacy Project.
This delightful program combines Bikel’s mesmerizing screen presence and wonderful music in his final tour-de-force, with Ms. Aimee Ginsburg Bikel’s personal reflections on the man behind this great icon of Jewish and Yiddish culture; his profound contributions to Tikkun Olam, social justice, and the folk music scene; and his reflections on life and love in his final years.
Aimee Ginsburg Bikel is a writer, an award winning journalist and a public speaker. A graduate of Hebrew University, she had a successful career as a journalist in Israel before becoming the first full time Israeli news correspondent in India. Aimee covered such major stories as the Asia Tsunami, and the massacre at the Chabad House in Mumbai; and has spoken about her experiences to audiences worldwide. After her husband’s death in 2015, Aimee founded the Theodore Bikel Legacy Project.
“Aimee Ginsburg Bikel, as host and presenter of this wonderful film, graces us not only with her intelligence and charm but provides the vibe and the voltage that, added to Bikel’s sublime voice and talent, give this evening its crackle.”
- Ed Asner
“Aimee Ginsburg Bikel is a true inspiration and will leave you laughing and crying as you watch Theodore Bikel, of blessed memory, light up the screen.”
- Rabbi Naomi Levy, author of Einstein and the Rabbi
“…The inventive narrative incorporates performances, interviews, music, religion, Yiddish mythology, literature and memorable storytelling to humanize the struggles of the Jewish people.”
- Alex Ben Block. Former Editor-in-Chief, The Hollywood Reporter
” … I can think of no better way to pay tribute to him than to gather and watch this excellent documentary, which captures his charismatic presence, on-stage and off.”
- Leonard Maltin, Film Critic, Historian, and Author