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Diane Cypkin 2W
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“Oy vey!”

It was quite a night in the VIP Room on January 13 as many “yentes” came out to see Dr. Diane Cypkin, professor of media and communication arts atPaceUniversity, salute and sing the songs of Molly Picon —considered by many as the first lady of Yiddish theatre.

The concert, which began at 8 p.m., drew many residents. Tables even had to be moved and extra chairs had to be brought in to accommodate the large audience.

 “It was very enjoyable,” said Towers resident Renee Sanders, who had heard many of the songs before. “Especially since I understand most of what she’s saying.”

Cypkin, who performed the songs in Yiddish and told stories in English, drew many laughs and loud applause from the audience, which contained a large group of residents who understood Yiddish. Even those who didn’t quite understand the language had a good time.

     “I don’t understand Yiddish, but it’s very interesting,” said resident Helaine Matvid. “She’s very good at explaining it.”

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