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  • 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 ▸

  • Yiddish Musical Actors Picket Magazine That Won’t List Their Play

    While the Yiddish musical “A Match Made in Heaven” will go on as scheduled, it will not be among the hundreds of cultural events listed weekly in The New Yorker Magazine’s “Goings on About Town” column, the subject of a continuing dispute here. (See December 12 Bulletin for background.) The magazine’s decision not to list… More ▸

  • Special to the JTA Negotiations Between Polish Officials and Jewish Delegation Define the Protection

    The nature and extent of Jewish claims regarding the protection and restoration of the 1000-year-old Polish-Jewish cultural and religious heritage was defined here in negotiations between the Polish government and an eight-member Jewish delegation headed by World Jewish Congress president Edgar Bronfman, it was announced here yesterday. The negotiations followed a three-day official visit to… More ▸

  • Bronfman, in Warsaw, to Confer with Polish President

    World Jewish Congress president Edgar Bronfman arrived in Warsaw today for a two-day stay during which he will confer with Polish President Wojciech Jaruzelski, meet local Jewish community leaders and attend a performance of the Warsaw Yiddish Theater now celebrating its 35th anniversary. Bronfman arrived in Warsaw from Moscow. No details were immediately available on… More ▸

  • Arye Zimuki Dead at 65

    Arye Zimuki, a veteran journalist who held senior positions in Zionist organizations in Israel while working full time as a journalist, died yesterday and was buried here today. His funeral was attended by President Chaim Herzog, Cabinet ministers, Knesset members and government and Zionist officials of all political persuasions. Zimuki, 65, was the senior political… More ▸

  • Poland to Observe 35th Anniversary of the Jewish State Theater

    The Polish government will observe the 35th anniversary of the Jewish State Theater, the Yiddish theater in Warsaw with a series of commemorative events at the beginning of December, Stephan Grayek, chairman of the World Federation of Polish Jews, reported here on his return from Poland last week. The Jewish State Theater was founded shortly… More ▸

  • Next Month, Cracow Will Celebrate Its First Bar Mitzvah in 35 Years

    On September 7, the Jews of Cracow, Poland, will celebrate their first bar mitzvah in 35 years. The bar mitzvah boy will be Eric Strom, an eighth-grader from Stamford, Conn. Eric, his family, and their rabbi will make the journey to Cracow because of a request from the leader of the Jewish community there: “Send… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines a Tale of 3 Central European Cities

    There is a street in what was once the old Jewish Quarter of Bucharest named for Abraham Goldfaden, founder of the modern Yiddish theater. There are costumes, posters, and flyers from the Yiddish theater in the Historical Museum of the Jewish Communities of Rumania, established seven years ago in the former men’s tailors’ synagogue. There… More ▸