Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem

The stories of two beloved Jewish icons are woven together in this enchanting documentary: Sholem Aleichem, the great Jewish storyteller, and Theodore Bikel, troubadour, actor and one of the most popular stage interpreters of Aleichem’s work. The prose of Aleichem (1859–1916) portrays like no one else the true soul of the tragicomic Jewish shtetl life. Fiddler on the Roof, the Broadway and Hollywood musical adaptation of Aleichem’s Tevye the Milkman short stories, has immortalized him. Theodore Bikel, now 90, has portrayed Tevye on the American stage countless times. Vienna-born Bikel’s family escaped Austria after the Nazi occupation and migrated to Palestine before settling in the United States.

90 minutes
Theodore Bikel, Marsha Lebby, John Lollos

Shown at

  1. 13th Annual Temple Emanu-El Kirk Cashmere Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  2. 14th Annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  3. 16th Annual Rutgers Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  4. 17th Annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival (Detroit) - 2015
  5. 19th Annual Hartford Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  6. 20th Annual East Bay Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  7. 20th Annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  8. 23rd Portland Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  9. 23rd Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  10. 25th Annual Orange County International Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  11. 25th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  12. 25th Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  13. 25th Washington Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  14. ABQ Jewish Film Fest - 2019
  15. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  16. Baltimore Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  17. Barshop JCC Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  18. Berkshire Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  19. Boulder Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  20. Carmel Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  21. Chicago Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  22. Cleveland Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  23. Edmonton Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  24. Fresno Jewish Film Series - 2015
  25. Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  26. Houston Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  27. Indianapolis Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  28. JCMI Film Festival - 2015
  29. Jewish Cinema Mississippi - 2016
  30. JewishFilm - 2015
  31. JFilm Festival (Pittsburgh) - 2015
  32. Jüdisches Filmfestival Wien - 2015
  33. Michigan City Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  34. Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  35. Nagle Family Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  36. New Jersey Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  37. PJFF Fall Festival - 2015
  38. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  39. Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  40. Sarasota-Manatee Israel Film Festival - 2015
  41. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  42. St. Louis Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  43. Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  44. The Jewish Film Festival of Western Connecticut - 2018
  45. Tucson International Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  46. Vancouver Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  47. West Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  48. Westchester Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  49. Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival - 2016

4 Responses

  1. Sheri Johnson says:

    I am so sad that I missed this film when it showed at my local JCC in San Rafael, CA.
    I am desperately trying to find out how I may see it at another venue, stream it or rent it? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  2. jewishfilmfests says:


    It will be playing in San Diego on February 7, but it is a bit of a drive:

    It will probably be available on Netflix/Hulu and DVD within a year or so.

  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    Tzivi reviews Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem
    Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholem Aleichem, a new documentary from the National Center for Jewish Film, is an intentionally personal story told by one of the most accomplished and politically-influential Jewish entertainers of the 20th Century. Director John Lollos combines scenes from Bikel’s acclaimed solo performance Sholem Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears with footage filmed at the annual Sholem Aleichem Yahrzeit in Manhattan in 2013. In addition to the songs, monologues, and moments of reflection from Bikel, Lollos also includes narration by Alan Alda to provide context (written by Lollos and his co-Producer Marsha Lebby), plus interviews with a wide variety of talking heads. It makes for an enchanting and fast-paced 75 minutes.

  4. jewishfilmfests says:

    In LA Oct 19 & 20 Only! “Theodore Bikel” Screening at Laemmle

    4 Laemmle Theatres

    Monday, October 19, 7:30 pm
    Buy Tickets for Monday night

    Tuesday, October 20, 1:00 pm
    Buy Tickets for Tuesday afternoon

    Special Guests: Q&A with Film critic Leonard Maltin & Mr. Bikel’s widow Aimee Ginsburg Bikel Monday night Oct 19 at the Beverly Hills screening. On Tuesday, Q&A with Mrs. Bikel in Encino.

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