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Chisuk Emuna Congregation

of Greater Harrisburg, PA

3219 Green Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110-5507
Phone: 717-232-4851 |

The Yellow Ticket!

Yellow Ticket



Contact:  Linda Laff  (717-385-0077)


National Tour of Landmark Film Comes to Harrisburg

 Featuring a Live Performance of the Score by World Renowned Violinist and Pianist



Harrisburg, PA (September 9, 2013) – The 1918 cinema classic, “The Yellow Ticket,” the groundbreaking film that explores discrimination in Tsarist Russia, will be presented by Chisuk Emuna Congregation on Sunday, November 17, at 7:30pm.  The multi-media event will feature world-renowned klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals performing her original score live with pianist Marilyn Lerner to accompany the screening of this rarely seen silent film.

Remarkably progressive for its time “The Yellow Ticket” stars famed Polish actress Pola Negri, Hollywood’s first European silent film star.  Set in Poland and Tsarist Russia, the film portrays a woman’s struggle to overcome adversity in a story of secret identities, heroic measures, and triumphant love. It tells the story of Lea, a young woman who hides her Jewish heritage to study medicine. Pushed towards prostitution to pay the rent, Lea is saved by a beloved professor with a secret of his own.

The film is a newly digitized version, created so that audiences can view it at the proper speed, in high definition, and with intertitles (title cards with text) accurately translated from the original German.  Svigals and Lerner’s live performance adds a new dimension to a landmark movie about ethnic and religious discrimination, human trafficking and other social issues still relevant today.

Alicia Svigals, one of the world’s foremost klezmer fiddlers, has composed for violinist Itzhak Perlman and the Kronos Quartet and helped found the Grammy-winning Klezmatics. Her lush score for “The Yellow Ticket” was inspired by klezmer and other Eastern European folk forms, 20th-century classical composers such as Béla Bartók and Ernest Bloch, European café music, and contemporary improvisation. She will be joined by the exhilarating Canadian pianist Marilyn Lerner.

Directed by Victor Janson and Eugen Illès and filmed partly on location in German-occupied Warsaw during the last year of World War I, “The Yellow Ticket” was one of Pola Negri’s first films for Germany’s leading studio UFA and was released in the U.S. by Paramount in 1922. The film is based on Abraham Schomer’s 1911 Yiddish melodrama, Afn Yam un ”Ellis Island” (At Sea and Ellis Island) which was subsequently produced on Broadway in 1914 in an un-authorized English-language version written by Michael Morton.

“The Yellow Ticket” National Tour, organized by the Foundation for Jewish Culture, was launched at a sold-out performance in January 2013 at the New York Jewish Film Festival at Lincoln Center and has traveled to Vancouver, Miami, Philadelphia and Houston prior to its Harrisburg screening.  The score is the newest commission from the Foundation’s New Jewish Culture Network and marks the first feature-length film composition by Svigals.

Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at or by mail (check payable to Chisuk Emuna Congregation, PO Box 5507, Harrisburg, PA  17110).

Event: “The Yellow Ticket” Live Multi-Media Presentation

Date:  Sunday, November 17, 2013, 7:30pm

Place: Chisuk Emuna Congregation, 3219 Green Street, Harrisburg, PA

General Admission: $22 in advance  (students $15); $24 at the door (students $17)

Reserved Seating (Patrons & Sponsors):

Patron: $118 (2 tickets and program listing))

Gold Sponsor: $1,000 (6 tickets and program listing)

Benefactor: $2,500 (10 tickets and program listing)

Event Sponsor: $5,000 (20 tickets and name on all materials)

Advance Tickets: (To be picked up at “Will Call” at the door)

By mail:  Please send check payable to: Chisuk Emuna Congregation

PO Box 5507, Harrisburg PA 17110

Online: (Chisuk Emuna Yellow Ticket Event)