Yiddish Theater

  • Poland’s First Kosher Restaurant in Three Decades Opens in Warsaw

    Kosher roast beef, gefilte fish, chopped liver and cookies shaped like Jewish stars were available Tuesday evening in Warsaw, at the opening of the first kosher restaurant in Poland in some 30 years. The Menora restaurant, located at Plac Grzybowski 2, opposite Warsaw’s Nozyck Synagogue and the Yiddish Theater, was inaugurated “in the belief that… More ▸

  • Sammy Davis Jr. Remembered As Committed to Jewishness

    Sammy Davis Jr., who died Wednesday in Los Angeles at the age of 64, had his first contact with Jews during his boyhood in New York, when he fell in love with the Yiddish theater of the 1930s. “They didn’t bother me down there,” the legendary black entertainer remembered later. “Although I couldn’t understand a… More ▸

  • Poland Confirms Plans to Resume Relations with Israel Next Week

    Poland will formally re-establish diplomatic relations with Israel on Feb. 27, officials of the Solidarity-led government confirmed Monday in Warsaw. Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Arens will arrive in the Polish capital on Feb. 26, to take part in the official ceremony the following day. A delegation of World Jewish Congress leaders received confirmation of the… More ▸

  • Papp Blames Himself, Not Pressure, for Cancellation of Palestinian Play

    Somewhere between the time he agreed to present a play by a Palestinian theater group and the moment it came to close the deal, Joseph Papp had a change of heart. But just what, or who, caused the famed theater impresario to cancel a planned appearance by the E1-Hakawati Palestinian Theater Company has been a… More ▸

  • Vanessa Redgrave to Sponsor Anti-zionist Yiddish Theater

    Vanessa Redgrave, the British actress whose vehement pro-Palestinian views have made her a figure of controversy, is bringing to London a production of a Moscow-based Yiddish theater company associated with the government-sanctioned Anti-Zionist Committee of the Soviet Public. Redgrave will serve as narrator for the Shalom Theater when it is presented next week in London,… More ▸

  • Actress Henrietta Jacobson is Dead

    Funeral services were held Wednesday for Henrietta Jacobson, veteran star of the Yiddish theater, who died Sunday in Manhattan after a long illness following a stroke. She was 82 years old. Born in Chicago in 1906, the daughter of two Yiddish actors, Jacobson made her stage debut at age 3. She spent the next 75… More ▸

  • Chagall Exhibit Planned for Moscow

    Following years of official neglect by his motherland, Chagall is — posthumously — coming home. For the 100th anniversary of the great Russian Jewish artist’s birth, a major exhibition of paintings by Marc Chagall is scheduled to open at Moscow’s Pushkin Museum next month. Long neglected in the place of his birth while the Western… More ▸

  • Still Mourning the Murdered Mikhoels and 24 Yiddish Poets

    A standing-room-only crowd of Yiddishists, socialists, students and even a black-coated rabbi pushed into Chanin Hall of the Workmen’s Circle here Monday evening to see a rare film of the giant of the Soviet Yiddish theater, Shloime (Solomon) Mikhoels. The man adulated by Jew and non-Jew alike for his exceptional dramatic interpretations was murdered in… More ▸

  • Polish Catholic Couple Portrays Poland’s Last Jews in Book

    The once thriving Jewish community of Poland is a skeleton of its earlier days. Only 5,000 Jews remain from the population that in 1939 numbered 3.5 million and was the Jewish center of literature and politics. These remaining Jews were virtually forgotten until a Polish Catholic couple decided it was time the story was told…. More ▸

  • Former Refusenik Fuchs-rabinovich Celebrates Long-awaited Bar Mitzvah

    The long-awaited bar mitzvah of Mishka Fuchs-Rabinovich, 13-year-old son of prominent former Moscow refuseniks Michael and Marina Fuchs-Rabinovich, took place Saturday at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Mass., before 600 worshippers. The congregation adopted the family four years ago and sent Mishka a formal invitation to be bar mitzvah there. The family arrived in the… More ▸