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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 ▸

  • Prague Shul Damaged by Flood Among Recipients of Grant Money

    A flood-damaged medieval synagogue in Prague. A shul in Shanghai used by World War II Jewish refugees. The oldest synagogue in Rio de Janeiro. These sites were among this year’s recipients of restoration grants from the World Monument Fund. The fund’s Jewish Heritage Grant Program has announced 14 grants for this year, totaling nearly $236,000…. More ▸

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    Seymour Rexite, a longtime Yiddish theater performer, died Monday in New York at 91. Rexite, a child sensation as a singer in Poland, began appearing in theaters on New York’s Second Avenue soon after he came to the United States in 1920. He and his wife, actress Miriam Kressyn, had their own radio shows on… More ▸