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March 12, 2008 > "Schmaltz is the Word"

"Schmaltz is the Word"

By Brittney Hansen
Photos By Miriam Mazliach

This year marks the tenth anniversary of when Temple Beth Torah first held a Purim Schpiel musical production. This year, "Schmaltz" is the word.

"Schmaltz" (the Yiddish word meaning chicken fat) is a musical comedy that re-tells the story of Purim - the tale of Queen Esther - set to the music of "Grease". In this tale of good versus evil, an ordinary young woman named Esther marries a king but must hide her Jewish faith in order to protect her life. However when her people are faced with certain death by the order of Haman, the king's wicked advisor, she learns that in order to save them she must confess to the king and acknowledge her true identity, even if it means sacrificing her own life. This story of courage and commitment is for all ages, and for all times.

Tickets can be purchased in advance, or at the door. Advance tickets are available for a donation of $4 for seniors and $5 for adults; children under thirteen are free. At the door, tickets for seniors are $7 and $8 for adults. A limited number of preferred seats for $20 and VIP seats for $50 are available by advance purchase only. This production is always popular and very well attended.

After the Sunday morning performance on March 16, there is a carnival on the temple grounds, starting around noon. There will be toss games, a Jolly Jumper, and various other activities to enjoy. Delicious traditional foods will be for sale at the event including "noodle kugel" (a sweet noodle and apple casserole) and stuffed cabbage. This one day carnival is free to the public and sure to be fun, especially for families with young children.

If you have questions or would like to purchase advance tickets, call (510) 656-7141 or visit

Schmaltz, a Musical Comedy
Saturday, March 15
8 p.m.
Sunday, March 16
10:30 a.m.

Sunday, March 16
Noon - 2 p.m.

Temple Beth Torah
42000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont
(510) 656-7141

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