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Yiddish Theater

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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 ▸

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    A Yiddish theater in New York City received a $1.5 million grant from the city. The money given to the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater will help it find a permanent home, the New York Jewish Week reported. The theater is in its 90th consecutive season. More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Milken Archive’s Treasure Trove — U.s Jewish Music Released in France

    Leonard Bernstein is one of America’s most renowned and beloved composers. His name immediately brings to mind the music he composed for the theater, such as “West Side Story,” “On the Town,” “Candide,” “Wonderful Town.” His “Kaddish” is also famous. But how many people know Bernstein composed an abundance of sacred and secular Jewish music,… More ▸

  • Across the Former Soviet Union Stalin Has Long Been Dead, but His Jewish Region Lives on

    The odd story of Stalin’s Russian homeland for the Jews has taken another strange twist. The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the two-story Moorish-style synagogue in Birobidzhan last Friday was the highlight of a weeklong celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Jewish Autonomous Region, an area in Russia’s Far East that Stalin declared a secular Jewish… More ▸

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    A historic Yiddish theater troupe in New York City found a new home. The architect Daniel Libeskind will help remodel the downtown building that will house the theater, The New York Times reported. The theater is the last of the Yiddish troupes that once flourished in the city. More ▸

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    Dora Wasserman, the founder of Canada’s only Yiddish theater, died on Monday in Montreal at 84. Two of Wasserman’s finest Yiddish adaptations include Ted Allan’s “Lies My Father Told Me,” and Quebec playwright Michel Tremblay’s “Les Belles Soeurs,” staged as Di Shvegerin. More ▸