Three Philadelphians Star in “Megillas Lester” Musical Comedy DVD

Akiba Hebrew Academy graduates Michael Bihovsky, Adam Levinthal and Andrew Davies star in the newly-released, full-length musical animated comedy DVD Megillas Lester, presented by EMES Productions, produced by Kolrom Animation Studios, and distributed by ArtScroll.

Bihovsky, who directed and starred in One Grain More and Fresh! now voices Doniel “Lester” Lesterovitch, an average boy in a Jewish elementary school. While directing his school’s Purim play, Lester gets a knock on the head from a fallen box of puffy paint and falls unconscious. Suddenly, Lester finds himself in the middle of the feast of King Achashverosh, and through a case of mistaken identity, it is Lester who is asked to go summon Queen Vashti to the party.

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Vashti decides to go, which prevents the story of Megillas Esther: Vashti is not killed, a search for a new queen is not required, and thus Esther never comes to the palace. That leaves nobody to save the Jews from the plot of Haman (voiced by Levinthal). Amid a sub-plot involving Bigsan (voiced by Davies) and Seresh’s murder schemes, Lester runs all over Shushan, trying to stay out of Haman’s way and set the Purim story back on track.

The Actors

Get to know the real live actors that are the voices of Lester, Bigsan, Achashverosh, Haman and more!

Written in Philadelphia, Bound for Broadway

— by Ronit Treatman

Last year, local talent Michael Bihovsky knocked our hypoallergenic socks off with his music parody video One Grain More. Now, he is launching a “fresh” new project.

Bihovsky is putting his collegiate experiences to music into “Fresh!” This musical follows Michael from the suburbs of Philadelphia to his new life as a freshman in New York City. Michael sings about his challenges and struggles, and shares the transformation he experiences.  

This is a show everyone can relate to, as it empathizes with the daily struggles many of us endure. In the end, both Michael and we emerge stronger.  

One Grain More

— by Ronit Treatman

Enjoy this Les Misérables food allergy music parody by local artist Michael Bihovsky. “One Grain More” will knock your hypoallergenic socks off!

When Marius, Cosette, and Eponine (or “EpiPen” ™) are invited to an allergy-friendly party at the house of Jean Valjean, each must create a dish absent of all possible allergens.

Cheryl Dorsch (z’l)

— by Anita Bihovsky

Cheryl Dorsch of Wynnewood, an active and much loved member of the community, passed away suddenly on May 6, 2012. She leaves behind her husband, Jay, three sons, a daughter and a daughter-in-law. Her eldest son, Rabbi Daniel Dorsch, said at the funeral service held on May 8 at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El,

Jewish mothers are our teachers, our booboo kissers, our comforters, our heart-menders… They are our superwomen who don’t wear capes… My mother was the best kind of Jewish mother. Somehow, she managed throughout her life to successfully walk the boundary of being our best friend, our teacher, and our moral compass at the same time.

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Caring and giving by nature, Cheryl was a social worker who was also an active volunteer throughout the years in many Jewish institutions and organizations — including Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, Perelman Jewish Day School, Akiba/Barrack Hebrew Academy and Hadassah, just to name a few. She was also Camp Ramah of the Poconos’ beloved “camp mother” for many summers. Staff and campers alike knew they could count on “Momma Dorsch” as if she were truly their own mother.

Cheryl was cherished for her warmth, her wisdom, her fierce devotion to family, friends, and clients — and for a smile that could light up a room. She touched so many lives and will be sorely missed by all who were privileged to know her.