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The start of something wonderful

Author: Joseph PappNina BellinaJack KuneyRobert I Smith, producer.Paul KreshAll authors
Publisher: New York, 1979.
Series: Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival Moving Image Collection
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : English
Database:WorldCat
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A fund raising infomercial for the UJA-Federation, hosted by producer/director Joseph Papp. Program includes the history of the Public Theater building, including the former home of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS); the origins of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies; the Jewish immigrant experience, including working in the entertainment industry; Papp singing Jewish songs in Yiddish; Papp's feelings  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Television
Infomercial
Interviews
Named Person: Joseph Papp; Joseph Papp; Joseph Papp; Nina Bellina
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Papp; Nina Bellina; Jack Kuney; Robert I Smith, producer.; Paul Kresh; Walt Levinsky; Louise Edmonson; Jason Steven Cohen; United Jewish Appeal--Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York.; Gleason Communications,; Kuney Tele-Productions.; New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theater.; WPIX (Television station : New York, N.Y.)
OCLC Number: 84368725
Notes: This video separated from the New York Shakespeare Festival collection, *T-Mss 1993-028.
Credits on tape.
Entire program taped off air. Program begins at 5:15. Includes breaks for telephone hotline information.
Includes photographic montages of Jewish immigrant neighborhoods; footage of Jewish New Yorkers visiting Ellis Island, including excerpt from talk by Yiddish actress, Molly Picon; montage of photos and footage from the stage musical A chorus line; footage of well-known Jewish entertainers, including Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Al Jolson, anti-Semitic propaganda in Europe and immigrants arriving in Israel following World War II; footage of President Jimmy Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Menachim Begin and Egyptian President Anwaar Sadat and the Camp David Agreements; montage of photos of successful Jewish immigrants, including Henrietta Szold, Maurice Schwartz, Felix M. Warburg, Lillian Hellman, Ralph Pulitzer, Bernard F. Gimbel, Jascha Heifetz, Sandy Koufax August Belmont, Adolph S. Ochs, Bernard Baruch, Jonas Salk, Albert Einstein, Governor Herbert Lehman, Florenz Ziegfeld; footage of Jewish immigrants arriving in the United States; and brief footage of Bette Midler, Ben Vereen, Mel Torme, Barry Manilow, Andrea McArdle, Zero Mostel, Theodore Bikel, Roberta Peters, Herschel Bernardi, Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern, Leonard Bernstein, The Barry Sisters, Alan King and Marvin Hamlisch performing at a fund raising event.
Performer(s): Hosted by Joseph Papp ; musical director, Walt Levinsky.
Event notes: First broadcast on WPIX-TV, Channel 11, on June 10, 1979 at 9:00 p.m.
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) (60 min.) sd., col. and b&w SP ; 1/2 in.
Series Title: Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival Moving Image Collection
Responsibility: UJA-Federation Joint Campaign presents ; a production of Kuney Tele-Productions ; produced and directed by Jack Kuney; written by Robert I. Smith, Paul Kresh and Jack Kuney ; executive producers for UJA-Federation, Robert I. Smith, Paul Kresh ; video production by Gleason Communications for the New York Shakespeare Festival, Louise Edmonson, Steve Cohen.

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A fund raising infomercial for the UJA-Federation, hosted by producer/director Joseph Papp. Program includes the history of the Public Theater building, including the former home of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS); the origins of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies; the Jewish immigrant experience, including working in the entertainment industry; Papp singing Jewish songs in Yiddish; Papp's feelings about his parents and childhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and his views on Israel; the Camp David Agreements; the UJA's efforts in serving human needs in Israel, the United States and various other countries; the distribution of UJA funds to subsidiary organizations; the activities of the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA), including a profile of violin soloist, Nina Bellina.

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