the theodore bikel legacy project

We know what happens when good men and women remain silent in the face of injustice, bigotry and hatred” - Theodore Bikel

Theodore Meir Bikel

of blessed memory

Theo Meir Bikel (1924-2015) was a legendary Academy, Emmy, Tony and Grammy nominated Actor and folksinger; a civil rights, peace, and Jewish activist; and a devoted labor union leader. He was known for creating iconic roles on stage, film, and TV, such as Captain Von Trapp in the Broadway production of The Sound Of Music, and he played Tevye in Fiddler On the Roof more than any actor in history. With Pete Seeger, Theo founded the Newport Folk Festival, and recorded dozens of best selling albums in many languages. He was beloved for his leading role in keeping Yiddish culture alive, and for being an outspoken voice for Justice. He is most cherished for his undying devotion to Tikkun Olam, the daily work of making our world a better place. May his memory be for a blessing. 

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The Theodore Bikel Legacy Project was founded by Aimee Ginsburg Bikel several months after the passing of her husband. The TBLP is dedicated to keeping the legacy of Theo Bikel alive while using his great body of work and his principles of Tikkun Olam in our quest to make the world a better place. The TBLP, with Aimee as its director, has produced major civic events, fundraising concerts, musical projects, a documentary film, and lectures for adults and for schoolchildren about the importance of raising our voice in the service of social justice. Aimee regularly screens Bikel's autobiographical film Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem for audiences across the US; together with her presentation about her late husband's legacy and the lessons for our times, the program makes for a profound, moving, and an inspiring event. To book a TBLP program, and/or a screening of the documentary film Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem, contact us

Aimee Ginsburg Bikel

In collaboration with the TBLP, The Milken Archive of Jewish Music produced this 7 minute, archival documentary of Theodore Bikel, narrated by the TBLP director Aimee Ginsburg Bikel. 

Press coverage for the TBLP

in Together We Stand:

*LA's Communities of Faith Bring Message of Love In Wake Of Attacks Against Muslims,Jews LA Daily News

 "“We celebrate Theo’s legacy today, raising our voices now — not later — asserting that the red lines have already been crossed and that we won’t allow it,” Aimee Ginsburg Bikel, director of the Theodore Bikel Legacy Project, said. “We will stay united and we will build a world of peace together.”

 *LA’s Most Influential Elected Officials And Spiritual Leaders Gather In Unity-  (for the full article in Highlight Hollywood

*At a cemetery, leaders promote tolerance

"The images of toppled headstones at Jewish cemeteries deeply saddened, even infuriated Aimee Ginsburg Bikel. Her thoughts turned to staging a protest, something intimate and “folksy” to make her point, that this is wrong. “But then I realized that I didn’t want to protest against cemetery desecration,” Ginsburg Bikel told the Journal. “I wanted to affirm something, to show we are as one and to stand together.” (for the full article in the Jewish Journal)

 Fundraiser for Project Rozana, with Israeli superstar David Broza:


 “All children are my children, I cry for them with same tears” wrote actor, singer and peace activist Theo Bikel a year before he died. Some 200 people gathered at a magnificent Beverly Hills estate on Sun Jan 28 to celebrate his life and memory, while raising funds for Project Rozana: Building Bridges to Peace through the medical treatment of wounded and ill Syrian children in Ziv hospital in Israel....(for full article )

Remembering Theo Memorial Concert, and fundraiser for People for a Progressive Israel's  "Theo Bikel fund for Peace and Social Justice"

*A memorable tribute in honor of Theodore Bikel

In a well deserved Sold Out venue, some of the most talented artists and musicians performed a concert to celebrate the life and work of Theodore Bikel. Important speakers such as Sheldon Harnick spoke about how it was to live and work with Theo. Such as magic was created both on and off stage, that we could feel the presence of Mr Bikel all around us. An evening not to ever forget and a success by all means... (for full article)


Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem: For a trailer of the film