The Unsinkable Molly Picon: From Burlesque to Beloved Bubbeleh with Cantor Lynn Torgove

Yiddish musical and film star, the darling of Second Avenue Yiddish theater, Molly Picon survived and thrived throughout nine decades of performing for Jewish and non-Jewish audiences. Born in 1898 on the Lower East Side of New York City, Molly Picon became the quintessential bellwether of both American Yiddish assimilation and creativity. She started her career in vaudeville and silent films, went on to become a blazing star in the Yiddish theater, then on to radio, TV and Hollywood, where she played the role of Yente in the 1971 film production of Fiddler on the Roof. Molly Picon transformed herself from the adorable, mischievous young boy she played in numerous theater and film productions in her youth, to everybody’s bubbe in her final years. Through it all, she remained a role model and rule breaker…unsinkable.

Cantor Lynn Torgove has created a musical retrospective of Molly Picon’s life through music, film and narrative. Join her in discovering the many facets of this remarkable performer.

PresenterCantor Lynn Torgove, Hebrew College


ModeratorCindy Rosenthal, Professor of Drama, Hofstra University



Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Virtual Event; Advance registration required.

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Free and open to the public.


 Lynn Torgove began her career as an actress and classical opera singer.  As a mezzo-soprano, she toured Europe, North America and Japan, working with some of the world’s most renowned directors and conductors and recording on the Erato and Telarc labels. Lynn has since expanded her career to include opera and

theater direction, and she has over 20 years’ experience teaching acting, stage movement and vocal studies at New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, Boston University Opera Institute, Tufts University, Brandeis University, and the Longy School of Music. She is als the Co-Founder of Gabriel Communications, a consulting firm providing training in communication and presentation skills.  She was ordained as Cantor and is currently the Director of the Cantorial Program at Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts

Thursday, November 19, 2020



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