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Ghetto Tango

Ghetto Tango is a moving and inspirational concert that highlights the songs and music performed in the underground cabarets, which sprang up in the Jewish ghettoes in Nazi-occupied Europe. The concert features Zalmen Mlotek, Daniella Rabbani and Avram Mlotek.

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Zalmen Mlotek is an internationally recognized authority on Yiddish folk and theater music as well as a leading figure in the Jewish theatre and concert worlds. For the past 20 years, Zalmen Mlotek has been the Artistic Director and conductor at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. He brought Yiddish-Klezmer music to Broadway and Off-Broadway stages with the Tony-nominated Those Were the Days and Drama Desk Nominated Amerike – The Golden Land and Fidler Afn Dakh (2019 Drama Desk Award) which was directed by Joel Grey. Mlotek received his musical training at the Juilliard School of Music and studied under Leonard Bernstein.

Daniella Rabbani is an Israeli-American actress, singer and voiceover artist. She has appeared in a number of films and television shows, including Ocean’s 8, God Friended Me, The Americans, Appropriate Behavior, Floating Sunflowers, Bridge and Tunnel and Laughs. In addition, Rabbani has worked extensively with the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene, starring in the Theater’s 2008 production of Gimpel Tam, 2010 production of Hershele Ostropolyer and 2012 production of The Golden Land (a 2013 Drama Desk Award nominee).

Avram Mlotek is a rabbi, cantor, actor and author. A grandchild of Holocaust survivors and Yiddish cultural leaders, he is the author of Why Jews Do That or 30 Questions Your Rabbi Never Answered and Passover in a Pandemic, both books illustrated by students of his from Base, a millennial outreach project he co-founded. Mlotek grew up singing and performing in Yiddish and during COVID convened one of the largest online Yiddish gatherings, The Third Seder. It has been seen upwards of 25,000 times.

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