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Reel Affirmations and Bet Mishpachah, Washington’s Egalitarian Synagogue Embracing Diversity of Sexual and Gender Identities, offer the Streisand-struck an opportunity to get their Yentl on. They’re sponsoring an “interactive” screening of buttery-voiced Barbra’s 1983 directorial debut, a gender-bending Tootsie-meets-Torah musical starring Streisand as a young Polish girl (Yentl) who masquerades as a boy (Anshel) in order to become a Talmudic scholar. Unfortunately, young Yentl/Anshel finds herself attracted to a fellow student (Avigdor, played by Mandy Patinkin), who is in love with Hadass (Amy Irving), whose father decides Yentl/Anshel would make a better husband for his daughter than Avigdor. Despite the film’s problems—let’s face it, you’d have to be Gimpel the Fool to buy the idea of the 40-ish Streisand as a young man—Yentl remains a must-see, perhaps because it speaks to the Babulous in all of us. The film screens at 7 p.m. at the Washington Jewish Community Center’s Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW. $9 (Babs drag gets you in free). (202) 777-3248. (Michael Little)