The panel will include Aviva Kempner, director of the documentary "Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg"; Anna Berger, actress on "The Goldbergs"; Jim Brochu, actor and playwright of Zero Hour, a play about Zero Mostel who was a friend of Loeb's; Tony Award-nominated actor Peter Friedman, who is writing a play about Loeb; Dr. Steve Loeb, Loeb's grandnephew; Dr. Glenn Smith, Loeb biographer; and other special guests. Loeb, accomplished actor and teacher, was a leader of the Actors' Equity Association. At the height of his career in 1949 Loeb was blacklisted for his union activities as he was playing Jake Goldberg on the very popular "Goldbergs" show. Producer and co-star Gertrude Berg (Molly Goldberg) fought in vain to keep him on the show by attempting to get new sponsors. The demise of his career is featured in the film "Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg," a documentary, excerpts of which will be shown along with other clips related to Loeb's career.
Loeb committed suicide on Sept. 1, 1955; this 6:30 PM program commemorates the 55th anniversary of his death.
Tickets are free with suggested donation and can be reserved in advance online at www.mjhnyc.org or in person after 1 PM on the day of the event. Actors' Equity Association is a sponsor of An Evening in Honor of Actor Philip Loeb.
"Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg" will be released on DVD on Aug. 24.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage's three-floor Core Exhibition "educates people of all ages and backgrounds about the rich tapestry of Jewish life over the past century—before, during, and after the Holocaust."