YI Love Jewish Celebrating “Yosl” Joe Papp at 100 A Jewish Cultural Revolution!

YI Love Jewish (www.yilovejewish.org), a global clearinghouse for Jewish culture, celebrated the legacy of theatrical producer Joseph Papp on June 22nd which would have been his 100th birthday.

“Celebrating Yosl – Joe Papp at 100” was hosted by YI CEO Avi Hoffman, who was mentored by Joe Papp in the 1980s. This special day was a day full of events including musical performances, interviews, and lectures culminating in the signature gala event celebrating the life of the great Broadway mastermind Joe Papp.

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Events included free presentations of ‘Joe Papp at the Ballroom,’ a recreation of Joe’s signature 1978 concert; ‘Celebrating ‘Yosl’: The Legacy of Joe Papp’ – A musical tribute to Joe Papp’s Jewish legacy; A conversation with Traci Holder and Karen Thorsen – Co-Producers/Directors of the documentary film ‘Joe Papp in 5 Acts’ and other celebrity-studded events, culminating in a Star-Studded Gala and VIP Reception.

In the spirit of Papp’s visionary free Shakespeare in the Park, all of the day’s events were free of charge with the exception of an exclusive, celebrity-filled live and virtual Gala and VIP Reception.

For more information on YI Love Jewish, please visit their websites at  www.yilovejewish.org and follow @YILoveJewish on Facebook and Instagram, and YI Love Jewish on YouTube.


Yiddishkayt Initiative (YI) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that celebrates and promotes Jewish history, life, and culture and their positive and far-reaching impact on the world. From performing arts, publishing, and education to language, philosophy, and literature, YI offers a global clearinghouse of Jewish culture and entertainment. We work with a wide range of organizations, including Federations, JCCs, synagogues, Hadassah chapters, Hillel chapters, men’s groups, women’s guilds, special interest clubs, youth groups, summer camp programs, and educational institutions.

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