A new production of the storied Broadway show “Fiddler on the Roof” is coming to Cincinnati in January. 

Inspired by noted Jewish author Sholem Aleichem’s “Tevye’s Daughters: Collected Stories of Sholom Aleichem,” the musical is set in a Russian shtetl of the early 1900s. “Fiddler on the Roof” (the title a nod to the paintings of early modernist Jewish artist Marc Chagall) is more than a quaint story about Tevye and his five daughters. The book and the play actually highlight the disruptive and creative period of Jewish history of the early 20th century, the competing challenges of enlightenment and various Jewish responses to significant political and cultural changes of the time. In fact, each of Tevye’s daughters represents distinct responses to Jewish life in the throes of change. 

At 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9,  Rabbi Lewis Kamrass will lead an exploration into the deeper meaning of this significant work of fiction and musical for Wise Temple’s Empty Nesters. This look through the lens of Jewish history will add new depth, meaning and enjoyment to the readers of the book and the attenders of the musical.

Wise Temple’s initiative to engage Empty Nesters includes activities that enrich their lives on many dimensions, fit their busy schedules, and bring opportunities for meaning, fun and new friendships in a life stage filled with joys, challenges and questions. 

Who actually is an Empty Nester? The team spent a lot of time developing this profile. It includes single or married adults, those whose kids have recently (or fairly recently) left the nest, and those who did not have kids but are of a similar age (about 49-69). The Empty Nesters team has already hosted a number of events including hikes to local parks, and organized a slate of upcoming occasions for Empty Nesters including a field trip to the American Sign Museum.

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