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    Estelle Getty, who gained acclaim as the acerbic Sophia on the “The Golden Girls,” has died. Getty, who had suffered from dementia for years, died Tuesday. She was 84. She was born Estelle Scher on July 25, 1923, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to Polish-Jewish immigrants. Her show business career started in the Yiddish theater,… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Cuban Salsa Combined with Klezmer

    Klezmer music, rooted in the Jewish shtetls of 19th-century Eastern Europe, is making an unprecedented comeback. So is Cuban salsa, whose distinctive Afro-Caribbean rhythms are enjoying a wave of global popularity. It was only a matter of time before some enterprising musician came along and combined the two. That would be Havana-born drummer Roberto Juan… More ▸

  • Coalition Calls on Claims Conference for Larger Israeli Share of Funds, Power

    An Israeli coalition including the Jewish Agency for Israel, Israeli Holocaust survivor organizations and the Knesset’s pensioner affairs minister is calling on the Claims Conference to give Israel a larger share of Holocaust restitution funds and more control over distribution decisions. Leaders of the coalition announced Sunday that they were launching a unified effort to… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture ‘bay Mir Bistu Sheyn’ and Other Mysteries Solved in Music Archive

    “Bay mir bistu sheyn” may very well be the most famous of all Yiddish songs. It was the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ most popular song of 1938. Renditions have been recorded by the Andrews Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, the Barry Sisters and Rudy Vallee, among other musical luminaries. Yet until recently,… More ▸

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    A book published in Argentina explores the history of the country’s Yiddish theater. The 270-page paperback book is called “Oysfarkoyft,” Yiddish for “Sold Out,” and utilizes more than 100 posters — some dating back to 1901 — and texts in English and Spanish to give readers a sense of the history and importance of Yiddish… More ▸

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    A grant will help preserve items related to the heyday of Yiddish theater in the United States. The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Foundation made the $186,000 gift to help restore items such as programs, photographs and props, The New York Times reported. More ▸

  • Playing Softball in the Mame-loshn: Heritage Lives Again at Yiddish Week

    The sun is peeking over the hills and a silvery mist is rising off the lake. Dishes clatter in the dining hall and a shorts-clad group is setting off for a walk in the woods. It’s a typical morning at a typical mountain resort — with one difference. Here at the Berkshire Hills Emanuel Adult… More ▸