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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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    The first volume of an anthology of American Yiddish literature in Yiddish was recently published. “Yiddish Literature in America, 1870-2000″ includes a wide variety of works, including novels, poetry, short stories and essays. More ▸

  • A Librarian of Jewish Life, Dina Abramowicz, Dies at 90

    Dina Abramowicz, a survivor of the Vilna Ghetto and a longtime librarian at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, died Monday at the age of 90. A small, slim woman, with a tall intellect, Abramowicz was a “bookworm” supremely dedicated to intellectual pursuits, said David Rogow, a longtime friend. “Scholars from all around the world… More ▸

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    Two top institutions of Yiddish culture entered into a partnership to reprint Yiddish children’s classics. Under the agreement signed between the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the National Yiddish Book Center, the books will be digitized from microfiche and also made available in reprint editions. More ▸

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    The editor of what was believed to be the world’s last daily Yiddish newspaper before it closed in 1996 died at the age of 88. Jacques Cypel, who was the editor in chief of the Parisbased Our Word, was born in the Ukraine and moved to France in 1938. More ▸

  • New European Jewish Magazine Aims to Unite Religious and Secular

    A new Jewish magazine launched here is designed to bring together European Jewish voices under one umbrella. The magazine is named Golem, after the mythical man-like creature created with kabbalistic invocations by the famous 17th-century Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague. Britta Juergs, a Golem editor, said the publication’s goals are to “strengthen communication between Jews… 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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    A Philadelphia-area scholar of Yiddish literature was recently awarded a 1999 Guggenheim fellowship. Kathryn Hellerstein, who teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, received the prestigious award to support her research into female poets who wrote in Yiddish. More ▸

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    Steven Spielberg donated $500,000 to the National Yiddish Book Center to create a digital Yiddish library. Using the latest technology, the western Massachusetts-based center will reprint works on demand, issue them as CD-ROMs and make them accessible on the Internet. The first volumes of the project are scheduled to be available next year. More ▸