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  • Actor Walter Matthau Dead at 79, Turned Grouchiness into a Career

    Actor Walter Matthau, who got his start in New York’s Yiddish theater, died Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif., following a heart attack. Matthau, who turned grumpiness into an art form, was 79. During a stage, movie and television career spanning 50 years, Matthau is perhaps best remembered for his role as the slob Oscar Madison… More ▸

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    Actor Walter Matthau, who got his start doing bit parts in New York’s Yiddish theater, died at 79. Matthau, who was known for playing wisecracking, slovenly characters, was born into poverty to immigrant parents on New York’s Lower East Side. He won an Academy Award in 1966 for his role in “The Fortune Cookie.” More ▸

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    A foundation headed by Steven Spielberg donated $500,000 to help create a Web site that will document the history of New York’s Yiddish theater. The money from the Righteous Persons Foundation will help set up Second Avenue Online, which will feature oral histories, manuscripts and musical scores. It will also house an interactive exhibit on… More ▸

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    The sole remaining Yiddish theater company in the United States found a temporary home. The New York-based Folksbiene Theater, which is now in its 83rd year, had lost its theater space when the Central Synagogue burned down in August. More ▸

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    The oldest continuously running Yiddish theater in New York lost its theater space as a result of the fire last month at Manhattan’s Central Synagogue. The loss of its space in the synagogue is threatening the 83rd season of the Folksbiene Theater, which was scheduled to begin at the end of October. More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World: Atlanta Theater to Feature Controversial Yiddish Play

    The Jewish Theatre of the South’s upcoming production features a Jewish brothel owner, a loving lesbian relationship and domestic violence. Since when is this Jewish theater? Since 1907, when European audiences attended the first performances of Sholem Asch’s Yiddish drama “God of Vengeance.” The play proved so potent when it was translated into English and… More ▸

  • Kafka, Prophet of 20th Century, Finds Home with ‘seinfeld’ Fans

    It’s an absurdity that Franz Kafka himself would appreciate. Some 1,500 people recently crowded into New York’s Town Hall for an evening devoted to a new translation of an unfinished novel that its author, now dead, had asked not be published. As Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Remnick put it as he opened the event, which… More ▸

  • Restored Postwar Jewish Film on Holocaust Lauded in Israel

    There was not a dry eye in the house Saturday night, when judges at the 13th Annual Jerusalem Film Festival awarded a special “In the Spirit of Freedom” prize to the post-Holocaust film “Long is the Road.” The festival jury singled out the feature, even though it was filmed in 1947-48 and therefore was ineligible… More ▸

  • Joseph Green, 96, Pioneer of Yiddish Filmmaking, Dies

    Joseph Green, the theatrical and film producer who revitalized Yiddish-language motion pictures, has died. Green, who was 96, died June 20 in Great Neck, N.Y. While working shortly before the Holocaust, Green produced four films in three years capturing Jewish life in Poland. “His impact was enormous on the generation that he was creating the… More ▸

  • Memorial Service for Argentine Jews Led by Concerns About Other Targets

    Amid stepped-up security at Jewish organizations worldwide, a memorial service held here Wednesday for those killed last week in Buenos Aires was transformed into a forum for voicing fear and concern for Israeli and Jewish targets around the world. The service, which was organized by the World Jewish Congress, the Conference of Presidents of Major… More ▸