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a woman came onstage and places like Sholem Aleichem
asked the two, "You want I and Workmen's Circle. And,
should make them quiet?"
when you go into record stores,
Fortunately, the majority of you find young Jewish groups
audiences are more apprecia- like the Klezmer Conservat-
tive, Bassin says. "An elderly ory Band, the Klezmorim, and
man came up to me at one of Kapellye. Also, we just saw at
the lodges recently and said, the Community Center a
`You know, the last time I women's group from New
heard that song, my father had
taken me to see Sholem
Aleichem — the Sholem Most members of
Aleichem — and hearing that
song again brought that mo- their audiences are in
their 40s and older,
ment back to me.' "
According to Bassin and although quite often
Greenbaum, most members of
their audiences are in their sons and daughters
40s and older, although quite also come.
often, sons and daughters of
the people in that age group
are also in the audience. So York who call themselves
far, Bassin says, neither of his `Klez-meydlekh' — five
children have shown any par- women who are doing Klezmer
ticular interest in the music, music."
although he claims eldest son
"What we're trying to do is
Jason has been known to go to spread some of this Yiddish
through a few bars of Bei Mir music around," says Green-
Bistu Schoen, usually when he baum, "music that's mostly
thinks nobody's listening. gone, that basically died out
Greenbaum says his sons — with the war, when Hitler kil-
Michael, 10, and David, 5 — led so many who spoke the
also show little interest in language."
Yiddish music so far.
"Joe and I share a love for
"I think, though, that Yid- the music," says Bassin, tun-
dish might be corning back in a ing up his guitar and prepar-
minor renaissance, although ing to get back to rehearsal. "If
renaissance is an awfully we didn't share that love and
strong word, I suppose," says intensity — we'd drop the
Bassin. "You're finding more whole thing right now.
and more Yiddish being
"It's a labor. But it's a labor
taught at colleges, and at of love."
`Jews In Sports'
Harold U. Ribalow and Meir Z.
Ribalow fulfilled a great need,
some 30 years ago, with their
Jews in Sports which was first
published by Bloch, then one of
the leading Jewish publishing
enterprises in this country. It is
now made available again by
The father-son collaboration of
the late 1940s retains its exper-
tise as a most informative volume
by the greats in sports and the
Jews who excelled and became
Who remembers Benny
Leonard the fighter? The
Ribalows keep the memory alive.
They ,call attention of the pre-
sent generation to the heroism on
the baseball diamonds of Hank
Greenberg and Sandy Koufax.
Al Rosen, Moe Berg and many
others in baseball, eminent box-
ers like Benny Leonard and Abe
Attell, the noted in football and
basketball, and the famous in all
other sports — no one of promi-
nence was eliminated from this
The Michiganders Benny
Friedman and Harry Newman,
footballers like Marshall
Goldberg and Sid Luckman, are
among those remembered.
Especially impressive in the
Ribalow volume are the com-
ments, the essays dealing with
Jews in sports and the historical
background of respect and love for
athletes and athletics.
As the introduction to this im-
portant volume states: "While
The Jew in American. Sports does
not attempt to be encyclopedic in
'American Jews in
Sports' by Harold
and Meir Ribalow
its approach and does not name
every American Jewish athlete in
history, it does attempt to convey
the excitement and thrills in the
lives of men who were outstand-
ing in American sports. There are
also historical surveys of the
major sports which are not fo-
cused on individuals but on
sociological developments and
trends in American Jewish his-