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The quest to becoming a real American boy

By Rachel Leigh bio | email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - He sings, plays the drums, trumpet and trombone and is quite the comedian.

Actor Jake Ehrenreich doesn't waste a bit of talent as he tells his story of wanting to become a real American boy in 'A Jew Grows in Brooklyn'. "My parents are holocaust survivors which made my childhood a barrel of laughs."

Jake's parents came to New York after World War II bringing with them their heavy accents and, of course, their Jewish traditions.

As a first-generation American, Jake's grew up listening to rock 'n' roll and Yiddish lullabies. "My parents, ultimately, wanted me to be a doctor or a lawyer. They were mortified when I became a musician."

But, in the end, the family is very proud knowing their story is being kept alive through Jake. "It's a sad story, but I tell it mostly through humor and through music." In the course of 90-minutes, Jake takes you on a journey through his childhood.

Some of the highlights include his dad's misinterpretation of baseball, driving to the Catskill Mountains every summer, and marrying his wife, Lisa.

But you don't have to Jewish to appreciate Ehrenreich's message: "We all have challenges in our lives, and we can actually guide our lives by choosing to focus mostly on the things that are beautiful and joyful."

'A Jew Grows in Brooklyn' runs through April 5 at the Cuillo Center for Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.

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