“Steal a Pencil for Me,” a new opera by Yonkers resident and Shaarei Tikvah cantor Gerald Cohen and librettist Deborah Brevoort, will be sung in Scarsdale on April 28 and in New York on April 30. Here’s a link to the story and video about how the opera was inspired by earlier tellings of the story of Jack and Ina Polak, who fell in love in and survived two Nazi concentration camps. Married for 67 years, the couple makes their home in Eastchester.
Photo: Opera singers Robert Balonek and Ilana Davidson with Holocaust survivors Jack and Ina Polak of Eastchester, and cantor Gerald Cohen. / Mark Vergari/The Journal News