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Tour of The Actors' Temple: Jewish Influences in Theater

Members say: Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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If you are a theater fan, and are curious about Jewish influences on NYC theater, then join us for a tour of the historic Actors' Temple!  

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In this tour, you'll learn all about the Temple's famous members and get an insider's view of its fascinating and beautiful galleries. The tour is led by Rabbi and Cantor Jill Hausman, a former singer and actress, who will lead a lively discussion about Jewish influences on Broadway and beyond. 


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73
Intelligent, Informative, Sketchy, Warm-hearted, Skimpy

See it if you are interested in the stars of stage, radio & early TV, who hit their stride in the years before, during & just after WWII.

Don't see it if you have no interest in stars from the 1930s-1950s, or in the workings of the small Off-Broadway theater that now performs in the Temple.

Also There’s a great tour hiding inside the warm, welcoming, informative bu... Read more Read less

75
Intelligent, Resonant, Slow, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in the history of a small Jewish temple that has served the Broadway community. Touching.

Don't see it if you are interested in more modern day connections to the theater. The connections are primarly older.

85
Interesting, Educational

See it if you are familiar with older, prominent Jewish actors or want to learn more about the relationship between Broadway and the temple.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in history.

75
Intelligent, Interesting, Surprising, Different than expected

See it if you are interested in a knowing what famous people have been a part of the Actor's Temple in one capacity or another.

Don't see it if you really want to delve deeply into the Jewish influences in theater in a more detailed way.

94
Intelligent, Entertaining, Nostalgic, Educational, Enlightening

See it if You are interested in the Jewish Broadway connection and know something about older (or deceased) celebrities.

Don't see it if You have no interest in theatre history.

Also Rabbi Jill is a delight. Her anecdotes and historical background stori... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in history of Manhattan Jewish theatre and Jewish theatre community / iconic temple of Sophie Tucker, Al Jolson, Zero M.

Don't see it if you have time and interest only for light entertainment with no educational, philosophical or other intellectual component.

77
Not that interesting

See it if you know who Sophie Tucker, Zero Mostel, and Joe Franklin are. See it if you are in need of a friendly, welcoming rabbi.

Don't see it if those names mean nothing to you. Don't see it if you are not interested in what actors worshipped at this temple.

Also The stained glass and the torahs were good to see, but the temple itse... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Profound, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you would like to learn a bit about some of the Jewish people that contributed to the performing arts in a unique setting with great guide.

Don't see it if you want to sleep in on Sunday morning and have no interest in Jewish influences in the arts in NYC.

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are interested in the history of Judaism in the acting community; the story of an historical landmark building.

Don't see it if you don't like anything historical relating either to buildings or the Broadway Jewish community.

Also Rabbi/Cantor Jill Hausman's enthusiasm was infectious, her knowledge o... Read more Read less

100
Delightful, Intelligent, Relevant, Riveting, Spectacular !

See it if You are curious about this historical building in the theatre district. If you are interested in the roots of NY theatre. Best SS event ever

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy learning about NY theatre history and the role thebJewish community played in it.

90
Entertaining, Informative, Evocative, A peek into theatrical history

See it if Reminiscing with Rabbi Jill Hausman about the development of a neighborhood and its relationship with the Broadway community is appealing.

Don't see it if These are names from the past and where better to connect with them than in a theater of a different ilk? Not just for the theater crowd!

90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Meaningful, Worth seeing

See it if Enjoy theater history, stories of community & acceptance told by current rabbi (formerly an actor/singer.) Especially meaningful if Jewish.

Don't see it if Are expecting a glitzy temple or a highly scripted, polished tour. This is lowkey, a bit quirky, fascinating and poignant. Rabbi's engaging.

Also There is something particularly touching about being inside a place th... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Resonant, Educational

See it if You are interested in theater history, the history of Times Square, the history of Jews in show business.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the above. Although you might find yourself interested if you do attend!

Also The current Rabbi at the Temple spoke about the history and current st... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in theatre and in jewish actors and performers. rabbi jill is delightful and knowledgable.

Don't see it if you are not interested in jewish actors and theatre

90
Absorbing, Intelligent

See it if you are interested in the Jewish contributions to theater, you like to hear about how a non-Jewish neighborhood supported its own synagogue

Don't see it if you are not interested in famous and not so famous actors of the early days of Vaudeville up to the present time.

Also Rabbi Jill Hausman leads a stimulating discussion of the life and time... Read more Read less

79
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if I think this would be more appealing to someone looking for those interesting points of jewish history in NYC

Don't see it if If you are looking for theater intensive stories and history - not so much here

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Intelligent, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you are interested in theater history, history of Jews in NY or in seeing a beautiful synagogue wbith magnificent stained glass windows.

Don't see it if you are more interested in seeing shows than in theater history.

Also Rabbi Jill was a delight, sharing stories about the theater greats in ... Read more Read less

100
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Must see, Interesting, Enjoyable

See it if you want to experience a great historic find in the middle of Broadway. The tour by Rabbi Jill brings to life this amazing location.

Don't see it if you are not interested in history or the Jewish influences of Broadway.

Also This amazing opportunity to not only see the historic Actor's Temple, ... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in Jewish influences on NYC theatre. You want to hear some great stories.

Don't see it if You're not interested in Jewish influences on NYC theatre. You don't like hearing stories about the early days of NYC theatre.

78
Intelligent, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a nostalgic look at Jewish entertainers and business owners in the theater district

Don't see it if you want more than a one person walk through a synagogue's life in the theater district

90
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You like Jewish theater history. Rabbi Jill told some delightful stories.

Don't see it if You have no interest in this tour

92
Absorbing, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Profound, Fascinating history

See it if ...you appreciate historical places and the connections between performers and their faiths

Don't see it if ...expect a show. This is a tour of a small historic space, especially poignant to Jews.

85
Entertaining, Very interesting to learn the history of actors temple

See it if This was a tour of the Actors Temple. The rabbi was very interesting. She had good stories to tell.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the history of Actors Temple.

60
Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if you love NY landmarks. Rabbi Jill is passionate and knowledgeable. Worth seeing because it was an important part of Broadway history.

Don't see it if you are expecting something grand or theatrical.

96
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You like history, religion, good stories, theater people.

Don't see it if You don't like tours.