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  • 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 ▸

  • Israel Interests Section in Warsaw Has Officially Opened

    The Israel interests section in Warsaw, the first Israeli diplomatic presence in Poland since that country broke relations with Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War, opened officially Tuesday morning. The head of the section, Mordechai Paltzur, told Israel Radio in a telephone interview that the opening was a “private, internal” ceremony attended by a few… More ▸

  • Special Interview Se Habla Mome Loshen

    As the Yiddish theater in Argentina was drawing its last breath some 20 years ago, Jackie Jacob began reviving tired Yiddish show tunes with his Latin-American beat. Jacob’s reasoning was quite simple. With the decline of the Yiddish language in Argentina and the rest of the world, the only way to save the songs and… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines Poland then and Now

    A double vision of Poland’s Jewish community, both before World War II and presently, will be on view at the midtown branch of the International Center of Photography (ICP/Midtown) until September 27. It combines the already known works of “Image Before My Eyes” gathered by Lucjan Dobroszycki and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, which are on loan from… More ▸

  • Center Recovers Lost Treasure of Yiddish Music

    Workers from the National Yiddish Book Center in this Massachusetts town have recovered a treasure-trove of almost 85,000 folios of out-of-print Jewish music from a garage in Boro Park, Brooklyn, it was announced here. The collection, which includes long out-of-print “hits” from the Yiddish theater, songs of the Jewish pioneers in Israel, Yiddish folksongs and… More ▸

  • Special to the JTA Mame Loshen is Alive and Well

    It is not yet time to say kaddish for Yiddish. There is a persistent international spark of interest in preserving. Yiddish, a language rich in history and culture. While Yiddish is no longer the mame loshen (mother tongue) of the Jewish people, every summer for the past 19 years students from all over the world… More ▸

  • First Summer Institute in Yiddish Attracts 50 Students to Bar-ilan

    Some 50 students from Israel, the United States and other countries are participating in a three-week Yiddish summer studies program at Bar-Ilan University — the first such program to be offered by an Israeli university — that begins August 3. Prof. Gershon Winer, who holds the Rena Costa Chair in Yiddish Language at Bar-Ilan, said… More ▸

  • David Ellin Dead at 61

    David Ellin, a popular actor in the Yiddish Theater who also appeared on Broadway, died Tuesday at Leon Lenox Hill Hospital after suffering a heart attack. He was 61 years old and lived in Manhattan. Ellin came to New York from his native Montreal to study at the American Academy of Arts. He made his… More ▸

  • Pesach’ke Burstein Dead at 89

    Services were held here Tuesday for Pesach’ke Burstein, a giant of the Yiddish theater who died Sunday at Lenox Hill Hospital, following a short illness. He would have been 90 years old on April 15. Known throughout the world as the “Vilner Komiker,” Burstein, together with his wife, Lillian Lux, played to packed houses in… More ▸